Launched in 2008, Cleveland Comedy Festival celebrates the past, present and future of Cleveland comedy. The Festival has a history of celebrating contributors to comedy in Cleveland, while also helping to showcase comedic talent of the future. With live shows, educational workshops, and fundraising efforts, Cleveland Comedy Festival also works to support other non-profit organizations.
Mike Paramore is the guy you fight to sit next to in a movie theatre, on a long car ride, or during a boring lecture. His natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with a natural ability to put you at ease is key to his personal brand of comedy. His smooth delivery and powerful punchlines make him a force in stand-up comedy, which is very apparent in his debut album “The Things We Tell Ourselves”, available now on iTunes and Amazon. Mike has opened for comedians like Damon Wayans, Jon Lovitz, and SaturdayNight Live’s Jay Pharoah. In addition to performing at the 2010 Stellar Awards and being a part of the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival, Mike wea also the winner of the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival, the winner of the 2016 Laughing Devil Festival in New York City, a finalist in the 2017 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas the winner of the 2017 Laugh Fest’s best in the midwest competition, and was a featured on AXTV’s Live at Gotham in NYC, and is a featured comedian on FOX’s hit show “Laughs”.
Collin Chamberlin is a New York based comedian who’s been entertaining audiences for years. His quick wit and family stories about growing up in Pittsburgh will make anyone laugh. His conversational delivery and timing make you feel like you’re talking to a friend. Collin tours nationally for the Funny Bones, Improvs, and Heliums. He’s had the privilege to perform in some of the most iconic venues in the country, including The Comedy and Magic Club. He’s also written for Sirius XM. He’ll talk about his obsession with fast food or rooming with his grandfather anywhere, as long as there’s gas money and a microphone. Just ask him about the high school prom he ruined. Collin is host of the popular podcast, Hell Gigs. He’s shared the stage with some of the best comedians working, including Pete Lee, Mark Normand, Adam Ferrara, and SNL’s Kenan Thompson. Collin even had an onstage role with Steve Martin and Martin Short!
John Armstrong is Cleveland born and proud! He has been active in standup for more than four years and recently earned the prestigious Performer’s Award at the Cleveland Comedy Festival. He regularly appears at the Improv and Hilarities as well as many shows throughout Northeast Ohio. John’s comedy is observational and fun. He is the father of three wonderful children and his material often focuses on families, relationships, and current events.
Comedian Mike Cronin is a self-deprecating smart, dumb guy who happens to also be a fantastic writer with a truly original voice. Mike spent several years honing his craft at clubs near his hometown of Cincinnati before relocating to Chicago, where he hosted the popular showcase, “Best Night Ever.” Since then, Mike has moved to Detroit and continues to tour the country doing clubs and theaters. Mike performed at the inaugural Limestone Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Festival and has opened for Bo Burnham, Tommy Johnagin, and Tom Segura.
When their schedules permit, Mike and a rotating group of his closest friends in stand-up tour nontraditional venues as the Best Buds of Comedy. Along with Best Buds tourmate and frequent collaborator Alex Stone, Mike co-wrote and co-directed the music video for “The Hipster Song,” which has been viewed over 900,000 times on YouTube.
After attending one of Mike’s live shows, the New Times Broward-Palm Beach raved that his “testosterone-friendly jokes about beards, lazy masturbation, and sh**ting his pants were presented so deftly, he even had the ladies laughing.” Mike is pretty sure that was meant a compliment.
He is currently on the road finishing up a new album after the success of his debut album “Hot For Too Long” (Rooftop Comedy Records), which premiered in the top five of iTunes’ comedy album charts.
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