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Comedy Tour stops at Kent Stage

By KELLY MAILE Staff Writer Published: April 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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The 8th annual Alan Cox Show Comedy Tour presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Indoor Gardens returns with two shows on Friday at House of Blues in Cleveland and Saturday at Kent Stage.

Both shows will feature Ramon Rivas, Mike Head, Adam Richard, Juanda Mayfield, Bill Squire and Alan Cox with music provided by Mattitude.

"I've been part of the tour before," said Ramon Rivas, a stand up comedian and eminent latino from Cleveland. "This time I'm the marquee 'headlining' act, which is nice to get that opportunity and an upgrade to my backstage snacks. My material is about my life, so centers around my family, women, weed and chickens."

Rivas made a name for himself by doing stand-ups in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles while building up the independent comedy scene in Cleveland through his Accidental Comedy show. In 2016, he recorded his television debut on the newest season of Comedy Central's "The Half Hour."

"Since I moved to L.A., I perform around the scene there, often at the Hollywood Improv on Thursdays as part of Comedians You Should Know," Rivas said. "I create material by just living a life worth joking about and trying and failing notions on stage. It's harder to create in that way in L.A. because I'm not established enough there to feel the comfort to fail. Cleveland is my sanctuary because it's a great place to fail anonymously and run material in front of a wide range of audiences."

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Mike Head started as a stand-up comedian in Cleveland on a dare. His co-workers and family members thought his foolishness and impersonations needed some sort of platform. His first time performing was during an amateur comedy workshop at the Cleveland Improv.

"I met Bill Squire early on when I first started," he said. "He was one of the veterans I saw when I was coming up. Bill always encouraged me. He always thought I was funny."

He has since performed in venues from New York to L.A. Head is also an actor. His latest role was in the movie, "Jerico," currently making rounds in the festival circuit.

"For me right now, I talk about the state of my life," said Head, a father to a 14 and eight-year-old daughter. "They blame me for everything. Ask any women or guy what they want to have and they'll say a boy. No one wants to have girls, because they know."

Comedy vet, Bill Squire hosts a free open mic comedy showcase featuring new and seasoned comedians every Monday at Hilario at Barrio. Squire has been seen on Comedy Central and has worked with famous comedians like Daniel Tosh. He was named one of Cleveland Magazine's "Most Interesting People" in January of 2013.

"I'm looking forward to the energy in the room," Head said. "As comedians, we feed off that. These guys have great shows, and have a lot of fans. I can't wait to get into the room and feel the excitement."

After the Kent Stage show, the party will continue at Water Street Tavern on South Water Street.


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