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So I’m a huge fan of the Slate Political Gabfest and they have another live show that will be coming up soon. I have always wanted to go to one, and every time they announce an event, I think to myself, “how cool would it be if they came to Cleveland?” So today, I let my nerd-feels send the email I have been contemplating sending for a long time. Without further ado, “Jiffy emails Slate to make a plea for hosting an event in her hometown, or A Case for a Cleveland Live Show”

Hey there PGF!

I’m Jiffy Pop, a proud Clevelander and a huge fan of the Gabfest. Whenever I hear that there will be a live show, I get all excited, even though I know that the show will most certainly be in a city I can’t get to on a whim. NYC, DC, Chicago... they are all wonderful cities. I lived in the DC area for a bit and missed the last show there by thiiiiis much; I have family and friends in the Chi and I’ve been several times. With each live show announcement, I think more and more, “I really should offer up why Cleveland should host a gabfest!” So this is finally that email, after years of listening and loving the show!

Here are five reasons (though I could list more) that the Gabfest should come to the CLE:

1) We are hosting the RNC next summer. We are no longer the so-called “mistake on the lake.” Although we Clevelanders have known for a while that our city is a gem, we are beginning to get the recognition our city deserves, and while I’m not a republican by any stretch, I’m pretty damn proud that we clinched this gigantic event. Yes, it means all eyes on the city, but that’s just more opportunity to strut our stuff on the national stage.

2) We are an important city in a hugely politically important state. We all know how important Ohio is. You don't win the presidency without us. 'Nuff said.

3) The Cleveland Orchestra. Our oft-forgotten town hosts one of the world's finest orchestras. It is one of the American Big Five, keeping company with the likes of the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the NY Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Severance Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the insanely beautiful home for our talented group of world-traveling musicians, and our Youth Orchestra recently toured China. Nothing to sneeze at, y'all.

4) The West Side Market. It's a Cleveland institution. It's been around for 100 years and besides just finding hard-to-acquire ingredients and spices from all corners of the globe, many of the vendors have been housed there for generations. There you can find everything from a good polish boy to fresh meat and fish, wonderful produce, and even handmade candies. It also helps that it's only a short walk from Crop Bistro, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden and a bunch of other wonderful restaurants on Cleveland's near-west side.

5) Playhouse Sqaure. Did you know that Cleveland houses the second-largest theatre complex in the United Sates, led only by Lincoln Center in New York? You know it now! Not only do we have pretty fantastic big shows make their way through Playhouse Square (which is comprised of several smaller theatres), but we happily host shows by local playwrights and other indie productions. And, any one of the theatres at Playhouse Square could serve as a pretty cool venue for a gabfest!

Those are just my top five personal reasons for bringing a live show to the CLE, but I'm madly in love with my city, so I could list a million more for you. Seriously, consider it - we are a cool town, with amazing food, awesome places to see and a lot of history (fun fact: the first electric traffic signal in the US was lit in Cleveland!), and we are also really nice!

Anyway, thank you for entertaining my enthusiastic ramblings! Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be able to see y’all in my awesome hometown, live!

Warmest regards,


Now I shall overly-excitedly await a reply. Bwhahaha! What are y’all getting into today??


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