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Comedy in Cleveland this weekend: Iliza Shlesinger, Eddie B., Mike Paramore, Aaron Kleiber and Tony Rock.

September 26, 2018

Comedy in Cleveland this weekend: Iliza Shlesinger, Eddie B., Mike Paramore, Aaron Kleiber and Tony Rock.

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At Hilarities: Two for one. Akron native Mike Paramore, the 2015 winner of the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and Pittsburgh native Aaron Kleiber will co-headline Hilarities this weekend.

The first word in Kleiber’s bio is “Dad,” so it comes as no surprise that he talks about fatherhood (he has three kids) in his act. He also hosts a podcast called “Grown Dad Business.”

He made his national television debut in 2013 on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” He was named “best comedian” by Pittsburgh Magazine three times.

“Our third comes out, pops out, we throw it in the corner with the other kids, give it a food dish, tell it to get a hobby because we have things to do, OK?” he tells the audience about the newest addition to the Kleiber clan.

Grandparents are great with the first one, he says. On the third?

“They are gone, ghosts, peace out; they might as well be in the witness protection program,” he says. “I text my mom for help, and she says, ‘New number, who’s this?’ ”

Paramore has come a long way since graduating from Garfield High School in Akron, playing football at the University of Akron (before an injury put an end to that) and studying improv when he was living in Columbus.

He wins an audience from the start with his likability, then delivers insights on the sexes like a relationship doctor. He makes it feel like he’s just telling a story for the first time and laughs like he’s enjoying it as much as you are.

“Men are very stupid and very simple and on the opposite end of the spectrum, ladies; for some reason, you don’t want to understand that. We are like that from birth; that is not something we can help,” he says.

“As soon as you’re born, women, you’re born with responsibilities. As soon as you’re born, they hand you little fake babies to take care of and tiny vaccuums and stoves, and then you start looking at us like, ‘Who’s going to help me with this?’ Lady, I’m 7. I don’t care about that baby.”

Catch Paramore and Kleiber at Hilarties at 8 p.m. Wednesday ($18) and Thursday ($20), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($23), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($25). Hilarities is inside Pickwick & Frolic restaurant, 2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242 or go to pickwickandfrolic.com.

At the Improv: Tony Rock comes from a pretty famous comedy family, with his older brother Chris Rock achieving the kind of stardom few comics ever reach and younger brother Jordan making crowds laugh, too. Tony is great. He compares the Rocks to a famous musical family: “I’m the Janet Jackson of comedy.”

Rock performs at the Improv at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($17), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday (all $20). The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

At the KeyBank State Theatre: Former Houston fifth-grade school teacher Eddie B. (the B. is for Brown) brings his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” to the KeyBank State Theatre Friday night. He speaks the teachers’ language and packs his audience with educators who share his frustrations, but perhaps can’t say it out loud.

He developed his act after producing a series of videos titled “What Teachers Really Say,” producing his first one in the middle of the school day after giving his students some busy work to do.

Eddie B. headlines the State at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25-$65. Go to playhousesquare.org or call 1-866-546-1353 for ticket information.

At the Ohio Theatre:  Iliza Shlesinger brings her “Elder Millennial” tour for two performances, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square.

Tickets are $29.50-$35. A VIP package, $100, includes a seat in the first six rows, a post-show meet and greet and photo, and a signed tour poster. Go to playhousesquare.org or call 1-866-546-1353 for ticket information.

Mass Hysteria: We’ll have more info from festival organizer Deena Nyer Mendlowitz next week, but make it a point now to buy tickets for the Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest Oct. 4-6.

It’s chock full of awesome improv and storytelling shows, and some mashups of both. And as Mendlowitz says, it’s created by women, for everyone. She and Sam Dee are the producers.

In addition to shows, there are workshops taught by experts on improv, musical improv and storytelling. Events are at the Magalen art space, 5203 Fleet Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Forest City Brewery, 2135 Columbus Road, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Go to masshysteriafest.com.

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