Brew Ha Ha

Laughter on tap courtesy of Shadowbox Live


The sixth annual Brew Ha Ha, a veritable comedy cavalcade, will be featured Tuesday, July 29, to Aug. 1 at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.

Sketch troupes, along with up-and-coming and national comedy acts, will take the stage at the Brewery District venue.

"It's comedy madness," said Jimmy Mak, head writer at Shadowbox.

Eight sketch comedy groups -- four each night -- will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30.

The troupes include 4 Days Late, the Comic Thread, Dancing Pig, Dog Dads, Don't We Boys!, Hey Ladies, Mon Frere and Unstoppable Failure. Final schedules had not been determined as of last week.

Then, from 10 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, stand-up comics will take the stage. National act Ryan Singer will perform on Tuesday and Clevelander Michael Ivy, who won last year's stand-up comedy show, which won't be part of this year's event, will perform Wednesday.

The audience of each sketch comedy show will determine the best sketches of the night, and those pieces will be featured in the Best of the Fest, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

A panel of Shadowbox judges and national performer Shawn Pelovsky, who also will headline stand-up show that evening, will pick the best troupe.

An all-access pass is $75. Admission for sketch comedy and the headlining stand-up act is $20 on Tuesday and Wednesday, or $10 for each show. Admission for the Thursday show is $40, or $20 for each show.

Shadowbox actors will have the last hurrah, of sorts, Friday, Aug. 1. At 1 p.m., they will perform the Best of Shadowbox, a series of their best comedy sketches during the lunch show. Admission is $10.

The event will end on a different note: with music. Free For All, a free music show, will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Shadowbox. Admission is free, but patrons must secure tickets in advance. Ticket information is available at

Performers include 10,000 Maniacs, the Shadowbox house band Bill Who? and an acoustic set from Brian Vander Ark, former front man of the Verve Pipe.

"It's something new every year," Mak said.