Cincy Brew Ha-Ha like Christmas homecoming for comics

Festival mixes beer and standup comedy

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati’s standup comics operate on their own calendar. In their community, this coming weekend is Christmas.

“It’s the one time of year I know I’ll be able to see most of my old friends,” said Mike Cody, a comic raised in Cincinnati who, since 2012, has made his way in New York City.

“I miss my friends, I miss the city, I want to eat at Skyline, I want to eat at Eli’s,” Cody said. “I think for everybody who’s done this as least once, the performances are secondary to being around everyone else.”

This, as Cody is referring to, is the showcase for comedy and craft beer called Cincy Brew Ha-Ha. Now in its eighth year, the festival has ballooned to three nights, Aug. 21-23, with more than 70 comedians plying their trade on four stages at Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point. Lubricating the laughs are 31 booths of craft breweries and regional wineries.

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What: 8th annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

When: 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursday-Friday, 4:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 21-23.

Where: Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati

Cost: Comedy is free. Wristbands $5 for beer wristband, plus cost of tickets for beer ($5 for full beer).

Info: Full comedy schedule and list of brewers at

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