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RAMON RIVAS

is a laidback, largely unemotional stand up comedian, writer, actor, independent artist & eminent latino from Lorain, OH. Ramon resonates a low-fi swag with the finest taste in jokes, juices & dope experiences one can have while immaculately navigating in, out & around financial & emotional poverty as an ambiguously brown man in America.

Initially making a name for himself by building up the Cleveland comedy scene through ACCIDENTAL COMEDY productions while traveling around the country to cities he couldn't afford to live in like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & more, Ramon eventually started garnering respect around the country for his comedic chops & sandwich acumen, being recognized by COMEDY CENTRAL as a COMIC TO WATCH in 2015 and by most bodega bois across the country.

Rivas made his television debut in 2016, when he was one of 17 artists selected to record THE HALF HOUR with COMEDY CENTRAL. An outlier from the middle of the country, living with divorced parents without a manager or an agent getting that sort of opportunity gave the streets hope.

Rivas also has a burgeoning career sounding like he just woke up from a nap on TV shows, with appearances as a contestant on @MIDNIGHT twice, as a cannabis shaman on numerous segments on VICELAND & began acting seriously on S4E3 of BROAD CITY and followed that up with an appearance on S2E7 of HBO's CRASHING. His stand up was also featured on HBO Latino’s stand up special ENTRE NOS. Ramon has been a guest on numerous podcasts like:

Ramon's positive vibes and chill comedic momentum earned him coveted spots as a performer in some of the world's most prestigious festivals including

  • Just For Laughs Chicago (2012)

  • San Francisco SketchFest (2014, 2017, 2018)

  • Chicago Comedy Exposition (2014)

  • Gilda's Laughfest (2014, 2016)

  • NBCUniversal & Second City Breakout Comedy Fest (2015, 2017)

  • New York Comedy Festival (2015)

  • RiotLA (2016)

  • HIGH PLAINS COMEDY FEST (2017)

  • NBC Stand Up's (Semi-Finalist 2017)

  • Just For Laughs Montreal (2017)

  • SXSW (2018)

  • Edinburgh Fringe Fest (2018)

  • Burning Bridges Fest (2019)

  • GOOD LUCK FEST BOSTON (2019)

Before any of those, he founded his own festival, ACCIDENTAL COMEDY FEST in 2011. The festival has grown to be one of the countries best kept secrets, and garners industry attendees & out of state visitors to Cleveland. His work and the overall growth of the Cleveland scene was featured in the documentary film MAKE FUN (2013) available now to stream on AMAZON PRIME.  

 You can catch Ramon touring the country or highly chatting with people in these streets or highly eating snacks on COOKING ON HIGH on Netflix or listen to his dulcet tones every week on PREBAKED, where he uses his cannabis sommelier skills to pair a specific strain to match every guests characteristics.

 

Here are some nice things people said about RAMON in the press:

ONE OF 10 BEST ACTS AT MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 (Paste Magazine) and he wasn't even invited

“Rivas is as immediately likable as Funches, and shares a similar outlook on life. He has the kind of delivery that makes almost everything he says funny—it’s laidback and largely unemotional, but finds the right pitch to emphasize his specific beats. It’s less monotone than microtonal. He’s funny”

CLEVELAND'S RICH COMEDY HISTORY (The Interrobang)

his role in Cleveland comedy goes way beyond either of those two descriptions.  He is the latest in a short list of dedicated comedy personalities to take on the unofficial role of keeping the comedy scene vibrant in Cleveland“

ACCIDENTAL COMEDY PROVES CLEVELAND IS NO JOKE (Paste Magazine)

“Accidental is becoming a festival of note outside the 216 area code, as the now-LA-based Rivas’s burgeoning career and expanding industry connections have lured big names onto the schedule.”

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: THE UPSIDE OF DIY TOURING FOR UNSIGNED ARTISTS (Vulture)

“Even after five years of emcee work at a local club, road gigs were still unattainable. Instead Rivas turned his focus to self-producing shows for his Accidental Comedy brand, before taking trips interstate to do spots on indie shows.”

HOW RAMON RIVAS II REPS CLEVELAND (Vulture)

“Rivas is DIY comedy incarnate and an interesting model for any working comedian not residing in an industry-heavy city”

WORKING HARD AT BEING FUNNY (Ideastream/NPR)

“That's rung true for Lorain native Ramon Rivas II.  He landed his first cable TV special last year but it's taken him years to scrape together any kind of living as a professional comedian. “

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Seeing Ramon live is always preferred, else wise he just seems like a real high, chill latino. 

NEW YORK CITY

7/23 The Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground 9:30p

7/24 Hosting NY Comedy Fest Audition Showcase at Caroline’s on Broadway 7p

7/25 Yonkers Comedy Club 8p

7/29 New York Comedy Club East Village 10p

8/1

  • Live at the Apt Prospect Hts 8p

  • SEATON SMITH SHOW at Comedy Cellar at Fat Black Pussycat 10:30p

8/2 COMEDY JUICE at Gotham Comedy Club 9p

8/3 QED 9:30p

8/5

  • New York Comedy Club 8p

  • Carolines on Broadway 9:30p

8/8 Easy Listening at Bodeguida Brooklyn

8/13

  • FAT TUESDAYS with Stavros Halkias at The Stand 8:30p

  • COMEDY JUICE at Gotham Comedy Club 9:30p

8/14 Comedians You Should Know at The Gutter in Greenpoint 9p

8/15 Don’t Tell Comedy 6p

8/16 Bitches Brew at Halyards Bar 8:30p

8/17

  • With Petey DeAbreu at Union Hall 10p

  • New York Comedy Club (Gramercy) 11:30p

8/19 Butterboi at Littlefields 8p

LOS ANGELES

9/4 VENICE UNDERGROUND COMEDY 8:30p

9/5

  • PEACOCK at Club TeeGee 7:30p

  • MOTHERLAND at Kusina Filipina 8:30p

9/6

  • Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach 8p

  • FADED at Blue Rooster Art Supplies 8p

9/7

9/8

9/9 COMEDY BAZAAR WITH TEHRAN at The Hollywood Laugh Factory 10p

9/10

  • BLAIR & GRETA SHOW at Genghis Cohen 8p

  • ROAST BATTLE at the Comedy Store (warm up) 10p

  • ROAST BATTLE at the Comedy Store (judging) 11:30p

9/11

PHOENIX AZ

9/12 TBA

9/13 TBA

9/14 Don’t Tell Comedy 8p

9/15 TBA

9/16 TBA

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

9/19 Dr. Grins with Aida Rodriguez

9/20 Dr. Grins with Aida Rodriguez

9/21 Dr. Grins with Aida Rodriguez

CINCINNATI OH

10/3 Headlining Go Bananas

10/4 Headlining Go Bananas

10/5 Headlining Go Bananas

10/6 Headlining Go Bananas

INDIANAPOLIS

10/18 Helium Comedy Club with Al Jackson

10/19 Helium Comedy Club with Al Jackson

COLUMBUS OH

10/25 Columbus Funnybone with Phoebe Robinson

10/26 Columbus Funnybone with Phoebe Robinson

CLEVELAND OHIO

11/3 Hilarities with Phoebe Robinson

11/4 Hilarities with Phoebe Robinson

 
There’s a touch of the Reginald D Hunter about the languid philosophical approach Ramon Rivas brings...as his self-awareness blossoms, the show becomes increasingly mature and thoughtful...
— The Chortle
Rivas is a refreshingly honest voice in this field
— Fest Magazine

PREBAKED (n)

a podcast hosted by comedian/actor/eminent latino/ weed shaman RAMON RIVAS which utilizes his sommelier skills to pair a strain of cannabis that matches the characteristics of each episodes guest and then proceeds to break them both down. Season one features 6 emerging artists that dive deep on anxiety, relationships and snacks. Stream / subscribe / rate on your favorite podcast platform and get excited for Season 2 this fall.

PREBAKED #001

DAVID GBORIE

an alum of CONAN, has a Half Hour COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL, one leg of the mighty All Fantasy Everything podcast & the NEW voice of Comedy Central, the Aurora gborealis himself. RAMON & DAVE TALK ABOUT NAVIGATING POVERTY & GENERAL DIRTBAGGERY, AND DISCUSS WHAT TYPES OF SNACKS THEY’D BE.

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PREBAKED #002

JENNY ZIGRINO

An alum of CONAN, comedy central’s the half hour, trutv, creator of bad ass bitches OF history on CC, featured in films bad santa 2 & 50 shades of black. LUXURIOUS TRAVEL COMPANION. RAMON & JENNY DISCUSS WHAT BEING A PERFECTIONIST & PEOPLE PLEASER DOES TO YOUR ANXIETY & ALSO MASCULINIZE SEWING ACCESSORIES.

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PREBAKED #003

GIULIA ROZZI

comedian, actress, fashionista & relationship savaant Giulia ROZZI JOINS RAMON AND THEY DISCUSS ALL SORTS OF THINGS, INCLUDING FAILING AT RELATIONSHIPS AND GROWING OUT OF BEING A SHITTY ENTITY.

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PREBAKED #004

JIM TEWS

New YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, COMEDIAN, PRODUCER, FILMMAKER & CAT PARENT JIM TEWS JOINS RAMON TO DISCUSS BELIEVING IN YOURSELF WHEN YOUR SURROUNDINGS DON’T INSPIRE YOU TO ASPIRE, WHAT IT’S LIKE NAVIGATING BEING TALENTED WHILE ADHD, AND WHAT TYPE OF FOOTWEAR IS ESSENTIAL IN THESE RUGGED NEW YORK STREETS.

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PREBAKED #005

BRIAN “MOTHERFUCKING” MOSES

ROAST BATTLE EMPRESSARIO, RAMON & BRIAN DISCUSS HOW ROASTING BECAME A CERTIFIABLE MOVEMENT, WHERE YOU CAN CATCH HIM IN THESE STREETS, AND WHAT GROWING UP TOO AWARE OF CHLAMYDIA DOES TO A CHILDS MIND.

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PREBAKED #006

JOYELLE NICOLE JOHNSON

ALUM OF LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, COMEDY CENTRAL, SESAME STREET, BROAD CITY AND ONE OF RAMON’S FAVORITE HUMANS, RAMON & JOYELLE DISCUSS THE FOUNDATIONS OF VISION BOARDING, NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIPS & MORE WHILE WAITING TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES.

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Your next comic....damn man, you ain’t got no credits. HAHAHA. He’s just funny. Crushes it whenever he comes thru, In town from Cleveland Ramon Rivas II
— Hannibal Buress

Come a long way since then. This page contains things where I’ve been high & charming across multiple platforms: television, internet videos, podcasts, radio interviews and other randomness. Enjoy!

TELEVISION APPEARANCES

NETFLIX

  • Cooking on High

VICELAND

  • Numerous Segments

AMAZON PRIME

  • MAKE FUN

Comedy Central

  • THE HALF HOUR

  • @midnight

  • Broad City

HBO

  • Crashing

  • Entre Nos

I WAS ON @MIDNIGHT WITH DAN ST GERMAN AND APRIL RICHARDSON. I WON THE INTERNET ON JULY 21. CLEVELAND, CITY OF CHAMPIONS.

I WAS ON @MIDNIGHT WITH DAN ST GERMAN AND APRIL RICHARDSON. I WON THE INTERNET ON JULY 21. CLEVELAND, CITY OF CHAMPIONS.

HBO LATINO's Entre Nos, our Original Programming Comedy Series is back! It was an honor to be able to perform on a comedy special for HBO!

I WAS ON @MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 13 WITH RANDY LIEDTKE AND MARCELLA ARGUELLO AND LOST THE INTERNET.

I WAS ON @MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 13 WITH RANDY LIEDTKE AND MARCELLA ARGUELLO AND LOST THE INTERNET.

Years ago I got to open up for Pete Holmes when he came to Cleveland. Years later, I got to appear on HBO’s CRASHING as a comic named Ramon opening for Pete Holmes. Ayyyyy

I’ve been doing this for 22+ years so it’s nice to see a comic that I don’t already know but find so funny, it reminds me why I still do this.
— — Molly Schminke, Live Nation
 

travel-logues

Brown Anthony Bourdain status things I’ve done.

Failed pilot presentation for Comedy Central's HIGH BROW LOW BROW with Megan Gailey & Ramon Rivas

Giving Robert Kelly a tour of Cleveland

I was in the middle of 25 shows in 28 days. I was in a dark place. And I went to Cleveland and met this guy and he was a ray of hope, I think you’re gonna like him
— Kurt Braunohler

CANNABIS SHAMAN'ING

Snoop Dogg on a budget. Your budget.

Doug Benson sits down for another episode of Getting Doug with High with Janice Griffith and Ramon Rivas II

Doug Benson sits down for another episode of Getting Doug with High with Dan Soder & Ramon Rivas II

PODCASTS & INTERVIEWS

Casual chats across multiple platforms with some dope folks.

On the latest episode of Sklar Bros County talking how being champions means no one can ever say "I'm sorry" when I tell them I'm from Cleveland, like they normally do every moment

On the latest episode of Sklar Bros County talking how being champions means no one can ever say "I'm sorry" when I tell them I'm from Cleveland, like they normally do every moment

Artwork by Andrea Guzzetta

Artwork by Andrea Guzzetta

GETTING LOST with Kurt Braunohler & Lachlan Patterson. We tried to go tobogganing. It didn't work out.

GETTING LOST with Kurt Braunohler & Lachlan Patterson. We tried to go tobogganing. It didn't work out.

Used to eat breakfast and watch Pete & Pete. Now as an adult, I got high and ate breakfast with Mike (Pete) and Danny (Pete). Shortly after this, I lost that dope scarf. IF YOU FOUND IT IN NY I HOPE IT CHOKES YOU

Used to eat breakfast and watch Pete & Pete. Now as an adult, I got high and ate breakfast with Mike (Pete) and Danny (Pete). Shortly after this, I lost that dope scarf. IF YOU FOUND IT IN NY I HOPE IT CHOKES YOU

DOUG LOVES MOVIES at Zanies (Rosemont) with GRAHAM ELWOOD, COLT CABANA & MARK WAHLBURG

DOUG LOVES MOVIES at Zanies (Rosemont) with GRAHAM ELWOOD, COLT CABANA & MARK WAHLBURG

DOUG LOVES MOVIES: 12 Guest of Christmas NYC with Carmen Lynch, Trey Galyon, Seth Herzog, Kurt Braunohler, Doogie Horner, Aparna Nancherla + more!

DOUG LOVES MOVIES: 12 Guest of Christmas NYC with Carmen Lynch, Trey Galyon, Seth Herzog, Kurt Braunohler, Doogie Horner, Aparna Nancherla + more!

Interview with Ron and Gail Bennington along with David Gborie on Sirius/XM's THE BENNINGTON SHOW 11/12/15 http://theinterrobang.com

Robert Kelly's YKWD with Michael Che, Paul Virzi, Ramon Rivas, Oni Perez + More

Interview with Ron and Gail Bennington on Sirius/XM's THE BENNINGTON SHOW along with Jim Tews and the legendary Barry Crimmins (RIP)

Your sex life is suffering because of creepy politicians. Video by LADY PARTS JUSTICE

Guest on WBEZ's  IT'S ALL TRUE  with Tim Barnes talking racial ambiguity & telling a story about living a very specific dream.

Guest on WBEZ's IT'S ALL TRUE with Tim Barnes talking racial ambiguity & telling a story about living a very specific dream.

Got to sit down with Australia's favorite son  WIL ANDERSON  for an episode of FOFOP

Got to sit down with Australia's favorite son WIL ANDERSON for an episode of FOFOP

Ramon Rivas and Jamie discuss how far being undeniable can take you (even without representation), being on both sides of the "gatekeeper" fence, and how comedy is evolving in the Midwest. Plus: Sandwich-casting!

Ramon Rivas and Jamie discuss how far being undeniable can take you (even without representation), being on both sides of the "gatekeeper" fence, and how comedy is evolving in the Midwest. Plus: Sandwich-casting!