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The Cleveland Comedy Issue 

Please laugh. Seriously, just a chuckle or two and we'll consider this thing a success

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Hello, dear loyal readers or person who mistakenly stumbled on our site while searching for Michael Stanley wigs.

Welcome to our inaugural comedy issue.

The comedy scene here in Cleveland has been described by noted culture critics as "burgeoning," "crack-a-lackin'," "crack-a-whackin'" (see, we're already off to a roaring start), "in existence," "not horribly expensive for a distraction from the crushing economic realities of everyday life" and "slightly more watchable than the Browns."

We agree with one or more of those sentiments, which is why we decided to dedicate this issue to the humor stylings of those folks working to make sure Cleveland is moderately less depressed than it should be.

Some of the contributors enlisted to entertain you are standup comedians you might be familiar with; others are simply funny writers with less name recognition than the Norton furniture guy. Some live and work here; others long ago decided to find success and fame in cities whose beaches don't come with EPA warnings. Some chose to write about Cleveland; others chose to write about themselves, because comedians are vain and predictable. There's even a gay cowboy escort in the bunch.

The point is this: We trust them, the experts, on what is funny, and it's pretty embarrassing to call something the Comedy Issue if it's not funny, so blame them if that's the case.

Enjoy the goodness below.

Cleveland Gave Me a Boner (and Almost Killed Me): Wistful and Mostly True Remembrances of a West Coast Transplant Who Fell in Love with Cleveland by Joe Tone

Moving to Cleveland: A Guide on How to Leave Your Comfy White Suburb, Written by a White Guy Still Living With His Parents in a Comfy White Suburb by Adam Richard

The Brief, Fiery Ride of Cowboy Mike: Does Advertising in Scene Work? Hell Yeah it Does. Let Me Show You. by Mike Polk Jr.

Greetings From New York: What's it Like for a Cleveland Comic to Make it? Glad You Asked. by Jim Tews

Not Killing My Kids Is Hard: Confessions of a So-So Parent Just Doing the Best He Can by Bill Squire

How to Attend a Wake: It Doesn't Have to be Such a Downer, Guys! by Dave Hill

The Heart of Rock & Roll Isn't in Cleveland: An Open Letter About Lame Music Venues That Don't Like Rock by Zachariah Durr

Coach's Favorite: What's it Like Being the Daughter of a Legend? by Bridget Kyle

A New Boom: Cleveland's Rebirth as a (Comedy) City by Ramon Rivas


Believeland Version 5.0: Glad Tidings From the Future by Isa Hopkins

And Now, a Few Words From a Cat About Literature by Dan Wilbur

12 Ways to Get Clevelanders to Share Your Article About Cleveland by Vince Grzegorek

You Want Comedy? Take a Look in Your Backyard by Ryan Dalton

You Can’t Escape the Curse of Cleveland: It’s Not Just About Sports, People by Chris Clem

If You Can Make ’Em Laugh in Cleveland, You Can Make ’Em Laugh Anywhere by Yusuf Ali

Toasting Cleveland’s Nuptials: A Long Overdue Best Man Speech for Our Beloved City and its Love by Josh Womack


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