Jim Tews + I used to host a show together in Cleveland. It felt unique and cool. After he moved to New York, I continued running the show. It currently happens every Tuesday at Reddstone and is routinely standing room only to see amateur stand up comedy. The chucklefck show has grown into something of a brand of comedy people can trust for a quality time no matter who the comics are at venues all over Cleveland. More people are doing their own thing and the comedy art scene in Cleveland is flourishing.
A few years ago we decided we wanted to try to capture the spirit and energy of the room somehow. We put together a kickstarter which reached it goal thru the support of the comedy fans and friends who had been coming to shows in Cleveland.
We knew we needed to shoot something. We shot shows over 2 nights at Reddstone. They were 2 of the hottest days I remember living thru. The comics sweat, the crew sweat, the audience too. Jim spent the next several months editing the footage into a stand up special. It captured the energy of being at a show but didn’t capture the story of what was happening.
He set up additional filming and added vignettes, interviews and the resulting documentary special crystallized. It captures the growth of a city, a comedy scene and asks the question of what it’s like to do comedy in a non major city and what keeps performers doing it if not for aspirations of fame.
Let that synch in: Jim edited 2 entire movies on top of working a full time job, doing comedy most nights in New York, and also living a life. Bananas.
It has been well received in it’s 2 sold out screenings in Cleveland. It debuts in New York at VIDEOLOGY in Williamsburg this Saturday pre-movie drinks at 10:30 the film will start at 11p. It’s $5. It’s something I’m very proud to have been a part of making.
http://Brownpapertickets.com/event/705577 (at Videology - Williamsburg)
I’ve been doing comedy eleven years now. I’ve only ever made a full time living off of it several years ago for about six months, when I had a web series with HBO Labs called “The Opener.” That was a fun six months. The other 126 months have been just as much fun, too. Mostly because the whole…
So much of this happened in Cleveland, it’s cool to see someone as hard working as Jim Tews get recognition for what he’s good at. If you have any friends/family in NYC tell them to check out the NYC premiere of MAKE FUN The Greatest Movie About Cleveland Comedy Ever Made this Saturday June 21 at VIDEOLOGY in Brooklyn
LIQUID 1212 W 6th Street downtown. Every Monday, free comedy. 1/2 off drink specials. Post show DJ for you to shake thine booty
TONIGHT is gonna be dope bc in addition to the regular crew (myself, Brian Kenny, Robbie Bourne) and some dope locals (Zachariah Durr, Yusuf Ali, Jimmie Graham) we got some ridiculous out of town guests!
CHI’s Danny Kallas
NY’s Megan Gailey
And Liza Treyger who’s been crushing it on Chelsea Lately in the fanciest dresses. If you’re not there it’s bc you’re lame. You’re not lame, are you?
One day we decided we should try to capture the cool vibe of #chucklefck shows in Cleveland. 100+ kickstarter backers helped step 1 happen. The movie MAKE FUN screens 1/22 at Great Lakes Brewin Co. (Less than half the tickets remain) and 2/2 at Cynic Cave in San Francisco. I hope you’ll watch it at some point in your life