George Wallace, ‘Festival of Laughs’ at Playhouse Square Sunday, Ryan Hamilton at Hilarities this week

February 14, 2018 GMT

George Wallace, ‘Festival of Laughs’ at Playhouse Square Sunday, Ryan Hamilton at Hilarities this week

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who is going for gold in men’s downhill human snowball ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland! Chloe Kim won a gold for the USA in the snowboarding halfpipe event. I can’t wait to see what Rob Kourtney, Kylie Kendall and Kris Caitlyn do!

“Festival of Laughs”: Four headliners, one show, at the “Festival of Laughs” on the Connor Palace stage at 7 p.m. Sunday. The lineup features Sommore, who calls herself the “Queen of Comedy,” Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace.

Legendary comedian George Wallace is a University of Akron grad. He left a job in advertising to write for “The Red Foxx Show” and roomed with Jerry Seinfeld in New York City when he was just launching his comedy career. He is featured in one of Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series, now on Netflix.

Wallace had a show at the Flamingo hotel on the Las Vegas Strip that ran for a decade, ending in 2014, when he went back out on tour with Seinfeld.

He’s been in tons of movies and TV shows and appeared with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in “Just Getting Started,” released last year.

Known for his “Yo Mama” jokes, he bent the concept a bit after the memo was released contending that the Russia investigation is an FBI conspiracy. It became a “Yo Memo” meme.

Wrote Wallace on Twitter: “Yo memo’s so ugly, Bill O’Reilly wouldn’t touch it.”

He pulls no punches.

Sommore was the first woman to host BET’s “Comic View” in 1994-95 and was part of the storm-the-nation troupe of female comedians in 2000 who embarked on the “Queens of Comedy” tour, which was made into a TV film.

She has played roles in “Friday After Next,”“Family Reunion,” “Soul Plane,” “Something New” and “Dirty Laundry.”

Before becoming a comedy star, she taught algebra in the Atlanta public school system, and owned retail stores there.

Earthquake, who played Uncle Mike in Chris Rock’s sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris,” was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for nine years.

Bruce Bruce sharpened his comedy skills while working as a chef after graduating from high school and continued to make people laugh while stocking shelves for Frito-Lay. Eventually, he got onstage in Atlanta, and his comedy career started rolling.

Tickets are $56-$104.50 plus fees. Go to playhousesquare.com, visit the Playhouse Square box office (1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland), or call Ticketmaster at 216-241-6000.

At Hilarities: Ryan Hamilton just looks like a nice guy, and his humor is as non-threatening as his doe eyes. His Netflix special last year is perfectly named: “Happy Face.”

“I think I could sell ice cream in the ’50s, maybe. I think that’s the kind of look that I have,” he says, barely containing a school-picture smile.

He was great in an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in 2016, talking about the workout routine he had in the rare occasions he visited the gym.

“My entire workout, the whole thing, is based on whatever machine is open. That’s how I do it. I walk around like a lost toddler for three-and-a-half minutes, and then I go, ‘I guess I’m gonna do neck today. Just gonna do all neck.’ ”

Hamilton is at Hilarities for a special Valentine’s Day show at 8 p.m. Wednesday. It includes a three-course meal, a glass of sparkling wine and an 8 p.m. show with Hamilton ($47). Tickets for the show only on Valentine’s Day are $15.

He’s also there at 8 p.m. Thursday ($23), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($25), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($28). Hilarities is inside Pickwick & Frolic restaurant, 2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-241-7425 or go to pickwickandfrolic.com.

At the Improv: Dean Edwards, formerly of “Saturday Night Live” and MTV2′s “Guy Code,” can sprinkle in a well-placed impression in his stand-up act at any time. He can do Denzel Washington and Terrence Howard, who was raised in Cleveland (who else does that one?). And he brings tons of other comics onstage: Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Katt Williams.

The best part of the act, though, is Dean Edwards himself, talking about his life, his family and whatever else crosses his mind.

Dean Edwards headlines the Cleveland Improv at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($15), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday (all $17). The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

Clevelander Mark Reedy headlines on Valentine’s Day ($15).