OFFICIAL 2018 VENUE

 

Hilarities 4th Street Theatre

2035 E. 4th Street

Cleveland, OH 44115

The annual Accidental Comedy Fest enters it's 7th annual festivities ready to take another step into the national spotlight. Hilarities 4th Street Theater is once again a proud partner & host of the ever growing festival.  ACF features the cream of the Cleveland comedic crop paired with emerging talent from all over the United States, all converging in downtown Cleveland Labor Day Week August 29 thru September 2.

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The first wave of artists for this year is an absolute DOOZY. Check them out below and get excited for what's quickly becoming one of the most intimate, well curated festivals in the country. Featuring stand up, live podcasts & additional ripples TBA, 2018 is looking mighty fine. 

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MAINSTAGE

8/29 WEDNESDAY                                   8p

8/30 THURSDAY                                      8p

8/31 FRIDAY                                     7:30p | 10:30p

9/1 SATURDAY                             4:20p | 7:30p | 10:30p

9/2 SUNDAY                                     4:20p | 7p

CABARET

6p Ha-ha-happy Hour | 9p

6p Ha-ha-happy Hour | 9p

6p Ha-ha-happy Hour | 9p | 11:30p

6p Ha-ha-happy Hour | 9p | 11:30p

6p Ha-ha-happy Hour | 9p

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 2017 artists MEGAN GAILEY & NICK VATTEROTT enjoy the martini bar with Cleveland's own MARY SANTORA. Photo by Rustin McCann

2017 artists MEGAN GAILEY & NICK VATTEROTT enjoy the martini bar with Cleveland's own MARY SANTORA. Photo by Rustin McCann

 2017 artists JAK KNIGHT, NORE DAVIS, DULCE SLOAN & Cleveland's JOHN BRUTON. Photo by Rustin McCann

2017 artists JAK KNIGHT, NORE DAVIS, DULCE SLOAN & Cleveland's JOHN BRUTON. Photo by Rustin McCann


2018 FIRST WAVE ARTISTS

The initial burst of headliners are peers, mentors & friends that we sweet talked into coming to Cleveland to hang out and eat pork shoulder.


 Photo by  Mindy Tucker

Photo by Mindy Tucker

WED 8/29 @8p

LIZA TREYGER

HOMETOWN

Skokie, IL

CURRENT CITY  

Brooklyn

CREDITS

Seth Meyers and Comedy Central

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

A hot gooey fudge brownie with ice cream!

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Mochi cause it’s gross as hell or mango and sticky rice since it’s not a real dessert.

 

BIO

LIZA TREYGER is a stand up comic living in nyc and is loving it. She has her own Comedy Central half hour and album called Glittercheese. She’s appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Desus and Miro, @midnight, Horace and Pete, Chelsea Lately, This is not happening and more. She enjoys tattoos, tv, lounging and chatting with friends, and spending more money than she has.

Too many vices, not enough hands

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THURS 8/30 @8p

CLAYTON ENGLISH

HOMETOWN Atlanta

CURRENT CITY  Los Angeles, CA

CREDITS Last Comic Standing

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

 

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

BIO

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper.
— Claire C.

janelle

FRI 8/31 @7:30p

JANELLE JAMES

HOMETOWN Virgin Islands

CURRENT CITY  New York

CREDITS HBO, Comedy Central, Netflix

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Chocolate Cake

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

*Wet* tres leches cake. It's wet. :(

 

BIO

JANELLE JAMES is a New York based comedian that can be seen on Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (NBC/Seeso), @midnight (Comedy Central), Uproarious (Fuse) and Crashing (HBO). She was included in the Just For Laughs Montreal's New Faces category for 2016, named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in The New York Times, Portland Tribune and Time Out Magazine.

Janelle’s debut comedy album, Black and Mild was released on September 29th, 2017 on Audible, iTunes, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify and anywhere else the finest comedy is sold and streamed. Janelle recently wrapped as a staff writer on The Rundown (BET) after touring with Chris Rock on his Total Blackout tour and will soon be featured in a series of 15-minutes stand-up specials released by Netflix.

Did it

 Photo by  Mindy Tucker

Photo by Mindy Tucker

FRI 8/31 @10:30p

SEAN PATTON

HOMETOWN New Orleans

CURRENT CITY  Brooklyn

CREDITS Melbourne Comedy Fest, Edinburgh Fringe, VICELAND

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

I don't do sweets. Savory is the setting on my palate.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

I'd destroy them all before sugar destroys us all!

BIO

SEAN PATTON is a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. He began doing stand-up in the Crescent City and have since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada, as well as The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011), Just for Laughs Chicago (2013), Just for Laughs Toronto (2013), and Just for Laughs Montreal (2008, 2010, 2012). He's performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham (2009), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2010), and Conan (2011, 2013). 2013 also marked the release of his Comedy Central Half Hour.

More recently, He's been on @midnight (2014, 2015) and will be on the second seasons of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2015) and This Is Not Happening (2015, 2017), Showtime's Live from SXSW (2017) and TruTv's Comedy Knockout (2016, 2017) As for acting, He's appeared on IFC'S Maron, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV's Those who can't.

Those are the things I’ve done that I’m proud of. For a list of things I’ve done that I’m not so proud of... yeah right, you ain’t never gonna know that! I love what I do, some of you will too (thanks!), and some of you will not (but thanks for coming). I want to share myself with you, whomever you are. "I’ve seen him perform more than a dozen sets, and he’s killed every time. He’s dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force, and elevating a bit about sex-performance anxiety into high-stakes comedy. [...] He’s the rare comic who goes over as well in a comedy club as in a bar basement." - New York Times

Celebrating the perfection of human flaw

SAT 9/1 @4:20p

 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

DOUG BENSON will be recording a live edition of the beloved movie trivia podcast at Accidental Comedy Fest SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1 at...4:20p!

Bring your finest name tags for what's sure to be a stellar panel of surprise performers

Hey everybody, my name was Doug. I loved Movies.

 Photo by Kelly Dwyer

Photo by Kelly Dwyer

SAT 9/1 @7:30p

DEBRA DiGIOVANNI

HOMETOWN

Toronto

CURRENT CITY  

Los Angeles

CREDITS CONAN, Showtime Special

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Cake. Because: ICING

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Destroy as in REMOVE FROM THE EARTH? fruit cake. Destroy as in EAT HARD & FAST? Creme Brûlée

BIO

DEBRA DiGIOVANNI is a standup, writer and performer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Toronto, Debra is best known for her extensive portfolio of work in her home country of Canada including CBC’s Debaters, Much Music’s Video On Trial and Comedy Network’s Match Game.

Debra’s first hour special Single, Awkward Female premiered on Showtime in 2011 and her next hour special Here’s The Thing will premiere on Crave in 2018. Additionally, Debra has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham, Funny or Die’s Office Humor and was a finalist on the 5th season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Debra tour lives at venues and festivals around the world including the Glasgow Comedy Festival, JFL Sydney, Bridgetown, Moontower, High Plains, Bumbershoot and RIOT LA. Additionally she has appeared at JFL NorthWest, Toronto and Montreal over 15 times.

Debra releases weekly episodes of her hugely popular podcast Killing Time w/Debra & Zach, recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Corporate and will release her debut comedy album in April of this year with A Special Thing Records. She made her US late night comedy debut on CONAN in February of this year.

Beloved friend, awesome comic, Always kinda sweaty.

bwd

Sat 9/1 @10:30p

BILLY WAYNE DAVIS

HOMETOWN Crossville, TN

CURRENT CITY  Los Angeles, CA

CREDITS CONAN, Squidbillies, Live at Third Man Records

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

ice cream because you know why.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Crispy cookies, take them out of the oven on time, they're not good, you just fucked up the recipe.

BIO

BILLY WAYNE DAVIS, originally from Crossville, TN is a writer, actor, and stand-up who has performed in 41 states, 4 countries and Texas. He has appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing, WTF with Marc Maron, voiced multiple characters on Adult Swim’s SquidBillies, hosted a Morgan Spurlock documentary for CMT, named a 2015 Fresh Face by the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, opened for Grammy winning Sturgill Simpson’s 30 city Living the Dream Tour, and just released his second comedy album, “Billy Wayne Davis: Live at Third Man Records.”

The End is Near

SUN 9/2 @4:20p

CUMTOWN LIVE!

with Stavros Halkias, Adam Friedland & Nick Mullen

HOMETOWN Baltimore

CURRENT CITY  NYC

CREDITS Cumtown

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Bread pudding a la mode

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

anything with raisins, get that fucked up lil dried fruit outta my face

BIO

cumtown is a bad show that's somehow a popular podcast and no one should listen to it but please buy tickets anyway

STAVROS HALKIAS is a plus size man.

Nick Mullen is

They'll be doing a live edition of the popular podcast CUMTOWN Sunday afternoon on the last day of the fest.

Here lies a man that died with a full heart and empty balls

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SUN 9/2 @7p

JERMAINE FOWLER

HOMETOWN

Hyattsville, Maryland

CURRENT CITY

Los Angeles, CA

CREDITS

Sorry To Bother You, Crashing, Friends of the People, Bojack Horseman, Superior Donuts, Give Em Hell Kid, Lucas Bros Moving Co, The Eric Andre Show

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

PECAN PIE. BECAUSE!

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Flan! The texture is disgusting.

BIO

JERMAINE FOWLER is an actor, writer and comedian, funnier than you could ever hope to be!

I Was Actually Cremated OR I Know Who Killed Biggie But Now I’m Dead

RETURNING ALUMNI

These folks will be performing on the mainstage, headlining the cabaret stage, or gazing longingly into your eyes over a big sandwich.

CURTIS COOK

HOMETOWN

Cleveland, OH

CURRENT CITY

Los Angeles, CA

CREDITS

Portlandia, Viceland, Comedy Central, The Jim Jefferies Show

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Sherbet 'cause it's diverse and delicious.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Neapolitan ice cream 'cause it's segregated and gross.

 

BIO

CURTIS COOK is a standup comedian and writer living in Los Angeles, California. He’s been seen on Portlandia, Flophouse, and Comedy Central as well as venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Clusterfest, and the Chicago Comedy Exposition. In addition to performing standup, Curtis is a writer for the Willamette Week, Laugh Staff, and The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central.


 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

JIM TEWS

HOMETOWN Allentown, PA

CURRENT CITY New York

CREDITS NBC, FX, SiriusXM, New York Times Bestselling Author

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Chocolate lava cake probably.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Sherbert. It's fucking dumb. I get the point, but it's fucking worthless. I'd rather eat an orange.

BIO

JIM TEWS is a comedian and writer who got his start in Cleveland. Seen on NBC, FX, heard on SiriusXM radio. Shorter than he looks on stage.

He tried.

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FELONIOUS MUNK

HOMETOWN Wakanda

CURRENT CITY  Los Angeles, CA

CREDITS Blipsters, Second City, Comedy Central

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Fruit. Eat healthy you savages

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Red velvet cake. It's a scam

BIO

FELONIOUS MUNK appeared regularly on The Nightly Show with Larry Wlimore on Comedy Central and at the legendary Second City in Chicago as co-creator, host, and writer for the groundbreaking "Afrofuturism" and Black Side of the Moon shows, the latter of which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes award.

His semi-autobiographical show "Nothing To Lose (But Our Chains) was also nominated for a Helen Hayes award. He began his career doing stand up (poorly). He has since improved and has headlined comedy clubs from Gotham in New York City to the Funny Bone in Va Beach. He's a regular at the Laugh Factory in Chicago, Stand Up NY, The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Stand Room in New York. And his beard remains one of comedy's best.

Son was mad gorgeous

cleveland artists

 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

BIO Joshua Morrow is a comedian based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He is clever and charming, and would probably help you move after a short conversation and a beer.

JOSH MORROW

HOMETOWN Cleveland

CURRENT CITY Cleveland

CREDITS Accidental Comedy Member, Whiskey Bear Festival, Burning Bridges Festival, Ohio River Valley Old Man Circui

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake with that crunchy/fudgey shit in the middle. I am a simple man.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

I'm not destroying anyone's desserts, but most pies are bullshit.

I said I was fine

 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

JOHN BRUTON

HOMETOWN Cleveland, OH

CURRENT CITY  Cleveland, OH

CREDITS None

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Red Velvet Cheesecake. Have you ever had it?

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

pumpkin pie. White people should do better.

BIO

With a comedy style described as "chill anger", you definitely want to hear what comedian John Bruton has to say. A staple in the Cleveland comedy scene, John brings jokes to the stage that have put audiences in stitches from coast to coast. John has performed in the Burning Bridge Comedy Festival (Pittsburgh), Whisky Bear Comedy Festival (Columbus, OH), as well as Cleveland's Cleveland Comedy Festival and Accidental Comedy Festival. John has also worked with some of the biggest names mainstream and urban comedy like JB Smoove, Roy Woods, Jr., Theo Von, Michael Kosta, Clayton English, and Tony Roberts, to name a few.

Effort only gets credit when you get the desired result
— Coach Bruton

 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

CODY COOPER

HOMETOWN ClevelandCURRENT CITY  Lakewood

CREDITS Bill Squire's squire

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

My Mom's Butter Tarts, because what else would I pick? Doughnuts? Fuck outta here.

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Jello. It always makes me queezy and tastes like lack of consent.

BIO

Cody Cooper is a lovable panda shaped man from Cleveland, OH. If Cody ‘s unique stories and humorous observations of everyday life don't make his audience squeal with glee, then his podcast Gabbing with Grandma sure will!

I said I wanted to be planted as a tree.

 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

JIMMIE GRAHAM

HOMETOWN

CURRENT CITY  Cleveland

CREDITS

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

 

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

 

BIO


 Photo by Rustin McCann

Photo by Rustin McCann

MARY SANTORA

HOMETOWN Cleveland CURRENT CITY  Cleveland

CREDITS

2x Cleveland Scene Magazine's Funniest Female Comedian

BEST DESSERT & WHY?

Ice cream, it's a cure all

DESTROY ONE DESSERT. WHICH ONE & WHY?

Rhubarb pie because no one would miss it

BIO

Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Mary Santora is a fresh breath of femininity in the otherwise male dominated world of stand up. Her quick witted, observational style has landed her the opportunity to not only perform across the country, but to open for such comedic greats as Jen Kirkman, Dave Attell, and Tom Papa. She was named The Best Female Comedian by The Cleveland Scene Magazine two years in a row in 2016 and 2017, took second place in the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival and is a regular on The Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS. Mary is quickly making a name for herself as one the best up and coming comics in the Midwest.

She crushed life; death will be no different.