Comic Ari Shaffir at Hilarities — this IS happening

Maybe a double-negative can make a positive. Comedian, actor and podcaster Ari Shaffir titled his related Netflix specials “Double Negative,” with one 45-minute installment subtitled “Children,” the other “Adulthood. He’ll show off his accessible stand-up stylings to Cleveland’s Hilarities 4th Street Theatre at Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club for shows May 9. Some more background on “Double Negative” and Shaffir from a news release … Continue reading Comic Ari Shaffir at Hilarities — this IS happening

‘Saturday Night Live’ star Colin Jost set to make laughs at MGM Northfield Park

For more than five seasons, Colin Jost has been a familiar face on “Saturday Night Live,” largely for being the co-anchor of the late-night-TV staple’s “Weekend Update” segments. (He is also the envy of many a man due to the fact his girlfriend is “Avengers: Endgame” star Scarlett Johansson, but we digress.) There is no word on whether Johansson will be in the audience (we … Continue reading ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Colin Jost set to make laughs at MGM Northfield Park

‘Public Squares at Brothers Lounge’ takes on Pokemon, dating, more

The Public Squares will present its all-new sketch comedy revue “The Public Squares at Brothers Lounge!” at 8 p.m. April 3 at Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., in Cleveland. The show contains original sketches and takes an energetic look at the important issues of 2019 such as dating, parenting, twelve-step programs, “broetry,” and Pokemon Go, according to a news release. The show features adult language … Continue reading ‘Public Squares at Brothers Lounge’ takes on Pokemon, dating, more

Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

I interviewed Steven Wright a little more than two years ago, not long before the longtime stand-up comic was slated to perform at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. In case you are unfamiliar with Wright, he talks and (I’m pretty sure, at least) moves pretty slowly. So when I saw recently that he was slated again to perform at Playhouse Square — on March 22, at the … Continue reading Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

Cleveland Comedy Festival bringing a big batch of laugh-makers to town

He is a brave man. His only weapons are his creative mind and a microphone; with those two things he will entertain you, not with song, mind you, but with jokes, stories, gags and one-liners. He is the stand-up comedian. Maybe you could do what he does. But probably not. While there are almost always funnymen and funnywomen to be seen performing their craft at … Continue reading Cleveland Comedy Festival bringing a big batch of laugh-makers to town