LABOR DAY WEEKEND

It's hard to properly explain how big of a deal it is that something that started under a bridge is now on the most familiar strip in the city. If you go to Cleveland CavaliersCleveland IndiansHouse of Blues Cleveland, iron chef restaurants...you are in an area that's grown to what it is because of Nick Kostis' vision of an entertainment complex that is one of the most beautiful comedy experiences in the COUNTRY. Everything else sprang up around that on East 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Opened September 6,2002, Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club, "Home  to Hilarities 4th Street Theatre" is a complete entertainment experience. Pickwick features a 185-seat restaurant offering American rustic cuisine made from scratch! You can also find Kevin's intimate Martini Bar and Taproom, serving the latest and most innovative martinis in town. Dine outside on our patio if you wish, or enjoy Pickwick & Frolic stage productions in our 120-seat Frolic Cabaret.

Be entertained anywhere in the 27,000 square foot facility, including Cleveland's only Champagne Bar and Hilarities 4th Street Theatre. Hilarities, a 400 seat built-for-comedy venue complete with skybox loge seating, has been featuring the best in live, national stand-up comedy for more than 30 years! Hilarities has gotten behind ACCIDENTAL COMEDY FEST by being a presenting sponsor of the festival.

It's dope Nicks hard headed belief that something special could exist in Cleveland before anyone else saw it is blending with my hard headed belief that Cleveland could be a great comedy city because I couldn't afford to not live with my dad. A few of the funnest comics I've met in my travels & some of those keeping tabs on the comedy scene will converge in the city I love to do comedy & bring people together. There's not much I'll do in my life that'll make me feel more valid.

2017 will mark the first year the fest will be held at Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club, Accidental Comedy is excited and honored to bring their underground, independent vibe to an established Cleveland treasure known as one of the best comedy experiences in the nation. Combining the marketing efforts of both organizations while utilizing the main theater, cabaret stage, and creatively repurposing portions of the restaurant/patio for additional programming, this year’s festival is sure to be the best yet.

Hugs & Kisses,

Ramon Rivas II

 

2017 FEATURED ARTISTS

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Tickets on sale nowat hilarities.com, by calling the box office at 216-736-4242.

MAINSTAGE SHOWS

$20-25

CABARET STAGE SHOWS

$10

NEW YORK

These performers are from the mecca of comedy, the big apple, NYC. So DO NOT tell any of them how much your rent is in Cleveland.

ATLANTA

The dirty south has a lot of great comedy, and Atlanta is a hub for most of it. Excited to welcome some dirty birds to town.

CLEVELAND

These performers call the greater Cleveland area home and can be found stunting on audiences year round. Excited for them to mingle with the artists from elsewhere.

 

national selections

This group of comics was selected from almost 200 submissions of performers around the country that heard how dope Cleveland is and wanted to come check it out. Unfortunately, we could not bring out ALL of the funny submissions, just the ones our comedy nerd judges liked the most. Some have done many comedy festivals, some have been on TV, some have never done a festival before! A lot are coming to Cleveland for THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER. Come show them what all the fuss is about.