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Accidental Comedy Festival VII is at Hilarities through Sunday

August 29, 2018

Accidental Comedy Festival VII is at Hilarities through Sunday

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who spent his formative years playing Atari’s “Asteroids” at the arcade ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland! A potentially deadly asteroid -- labeled a “Near Eath Object” by NASA --  whizzed past us at 20,000 miles per hour this week. Experts said it posed no danger because “near Earth” is still five million miles outside the Earth’s orbit. Which is good, because I didn’t have nearly enough quarters to stop it.

Accidental Comedy Festival: Liza Treyger headlined night one of the Accidental Comedy Festival at Hilarities Fourth Street Theatre. But she’ll hang around as there are tons of great acts, a cool atmosphere, and her 31st birthday, which is today.

“Festivals are the best,” she said in a quick phone call this week. “They’re like summer camp.”

Treyger, who came up through the Chicago comedy scene and now performs in New York, was at the first Accidental Comedy Festival, which was part of the Ingenuity Fest then. She said she loves Cleveland.

“I was at the first festival that was inside of the bridge, and then when we got to stay in a hostel and I had the time of my life and now I am making my triumphant return,” she said.

She was kidding, but she is in the midst of triumph. She has a Netflix special out this fall. She’s done a Comedy Central half hour. And she doesn’t have to do open mics in New York anymore because she is booked with paying gigs.

“I live in New York. And I make money doing stand-up,” she said.

She’s excited to grab some noodles at Superior Pho, wishes it was Great Lakes Christmas Ale season and “will I eat at a Chef Michael Symon restaurant? I don’t know.”

Her comedy is still full of personal stories and the thoughts she develops hanging out and living life.

“It’s still pretty dirty,” she said.

The Accidental Comedy Festival features tons of great headliners with shows all weekend at Hilarities inside Pickwick & Frolic, 2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Check out what local comics who organized the festival think of some of the acts they booked by going to https://tinyurl.com/accidental2018. Main stage shows are $20. Cabaret shows are $10. And you can hang and mingle with some of the funniest people anywhere. Go to hilarities.com for tickets. Or call 216-736-4242.

The Dawgs are back: Tim Tyler has refreshed his ode to Cleveland Browns fandom and has brought the comedic play back from a two-year hiatus. Hey, that’s less time than it took for the Browns to return after that Baltimore debacle.

Tyler and his wife Rita Bigham have brought Dawg Pounded  now features “Bone Lady” Debra Darnall and still centers on long-suffering Browns fans Paul and Otto, and their nemesis, Pittsburgh Pere.  The plan is for an eight-show run at Vosh in Lakewood, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27 and Oct. 11 and 18. Vosh is at 1414 Riverside Dr., Lakewood.

Tickets are $25, which includes the show and a pre-show “Tailgate Party” that starts at 6 p.m. Go to dawgpounded.com.

At the Improv

: Tony Woods headlines at 7:30 po.m. Thursday ($17), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($20), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($20). The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooter’s on the West Bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.
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