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The Sound of Ideas

Cleveland: What’s So Funny?

Posted Friday, May 15, 2009

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Local comedian Mike Polk’s "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video" on YouTube garnered a lot of attention locally and even nationally. A jingle about a house that costs as little as a VCR and our once-flaming river pokes fun at Northeast Ohio's struggles. Cleveland is known as the home of bowling, pierogis, and polka and, of course, the Congressman who sees UFOs. Northeast Ohio has long been the butt of late night laughs. Unless you’ve never heard of Parma, you’ve probably heard all the jokes. Is it all in good fun or are Clevelanders really down on Cleveland? Is it a bad thing to be known as the "Mistake on the Lake?" Join us tomorrow with your thoughts on Cleveland as American’s pinata and share your best hometown laugh. Having fun with Cleveland, Friday at 9 on 90.3.


Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous


Mike Polk, Comedian, Last Call Cleveland
Samantha Fryberger, Director of Communications, Positively Cleveland
Michael McIntyre, Plain Dealer Tipoff Columnist & Comedy Critic for Friday Magazine Laugh Track

Additional Information

Positively Cleveland's Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video Contest

Mike Polk's Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt

Positively Cleveland's Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: I Love Cleveland

Positively Cleveland Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: Let's All Go to Cleveland

Tricia Chaves Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video:

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Jim England 12:41 PM 5/27/09

We have entered a video to the contest as well, check it out and let us know what you think!


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