The RubberCity Comedy Festival is the first official comedy festival in Akron, OH and will be held on May 5th -8th, 2021. Showcases will be held at Funny Stop Comedy Club which provides comics exposure at a highly regarded comedy club and satellite shows will be held in various locations around Akron, OH.
The City of Akron boasts a vibrant comedy and arts scene that features multiple performance venues and centers around the Funny Stop Comedy.
As Northeast’s Ohio’s premier comedy showplace, the Funny Stop Comedy Club provides the best comedians available on the circuit today. Repeatedly voted as the “Best Venue for Live Comedy in Northeastern Ohio,” the Funny Stop Comedy Club features many different comedians over the years including Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, Steve Harvey, Tim Allen and many others performed at the old Hilarities. The Funny Stop has helped continue the tradition with regular appearances from comics like TJ Miller, Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Basile, Mark Anthony, Pauly Shore, Carlos Mencia and Rich Vos, among many others, as well as Cleveland comics including Tammy Pescatelli, Mike Polk Jr., and Bill Squire.
Aside from the comedy scene, Akron is surrounded by abundant greenery, featuring multiple outdoor entertainment venues, and adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron is a playground for active travelers.
The festival will be headlined by Ian Fidance and includes featured acts from all around North America.
Ian Fidance is an offbeat yet upbeat New York City comic, actor, and writer from Wilmington, Delaware. He’s the host of “Ian’s Infinite Playlist” which airs every week on SiriusXM radio. He’s been featured on “This American Life” and is a popular guest on podcasts and radio shows alike. He co-starred in the latest season of “The Last OG” with Tracy Morgan, was featured on “This Week at the Comedy Cellar” on Comedy Central, and was a contributing writer on the last season of Crank Yankers, also on Comedy Central.
As an actor, Fidance was in the prestigious TriBeCa Film Festival for his role in “MotherStruck” the Cynthia Nixon directed, Rosie O’Donnell produced short film about a lesbian couple raising a child. Fidance has acted in commercial campaigns for Nike, Nikon, Jet Blue, and TikTok, and has been written about in The New Yorker and the New York Times. He can be seen performing nightly at the iconic Comedy Cellar in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village and his first stand up album debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He currently resides in Brooklyn.