Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

11/5: Open Up and Say Ha!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Don Mitri is one of the godfathers of Cleveland’s ensemble-comedy scene. For the inaugural Cleveland Comedy Festival last year, he organized a showcase of area improv and sketch-comedy talent. He’s doing it again with a program called Open Up and Say Ha! at 8 tonight at the Powerhouse Pub (2000 Sycamore St.). “The goal is to showcase just how much talent there is in this town,” says Mitri. Aficionados of the form will already be familiar with the 15-year-old Something Dada, Cleveland’s most durable comedy troupe, which performs every weekend at its home in the Tower Press Building. The bill also features a new group called the Laughter League (which Mitri calls “Cleveland’s newest sketch-comedy gem”) and long-form comedy ensemble the Giant Eagles. “They’re Cleveland improvisers who perform in Chicago,” says Mitri. “They trained here and with Second City in Chicago and got together as a group in Chicago. They are really high energy, very physical onstage.” Tickets are $10. It’s part of the five-day festival, which takes place from November 4-8 at several venues around town, including the Halle Building, the Hermit Club and Wilbert’s. Go to for more information. — Anastasia Pantsios

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation