Cleveland “Tourism” Video

This “promotional” Cleveland YouTube video is good for a few laughs. I think my favorite line is “Cleveland leads the nation in drifters.”

Thanks to Rust Wire reader Jeff Vines of for sending this to us!



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15 responses to “Cleveland “Tourism” Video

  1. Olivia

    I didn’t find that video funny at all. People like that will make me feel less guilty when I finally pack up and leave Cleveland for good. If the locals don’t even want each other to stay, so be it. They’re the ones who will have to deal with the consequences.

  2. rustwire

    Yeah. I actually didn’t like that video either.
    Especially that thing about drifters. I don’t get that. I mean, what is a drifter anyway? Who uses that term anymore? If they truly are “drifters” by definition I don’t think they would remain committed to Cleveland. But it’s obviously some high school kid’s after school project, maybe I shouldn’t be too critical.


  3. Oh come on, humor is the best medicine. Clearly this was a low-budget, off-the-cuff video that is all in good fun. It wasn’t meant to be anything more. The guys who made this obviously love their city enough to poke fun at it.

  4. Special K

    Yeah, I’m with Jeff. The guy is obviously not serious. Like Moses Cleveland: “He’s the guy who invented Cleveland.” And he had a song! I just thought it was funny.

  5. After seeing this video, I actually want to visit Cleveland now. The humor says a lot to me. Love it.

  6. I think it’s very important for a city to have a sense of humor about itself. This video is creative, witty and makes Cleveland look very honest and real.

  7. I agree that the video is clever, but I question its value in our interconnected world. More than anything else, it seems to provide people with more opportunities to make Cleveland jokes.

  8. Special K

    Now there is a Part II to the video.
    And it definitely throws down the gauntlet for Detroit, as this Detroit Metro Times blog post states:

  9. I thought the description of the video (in the upper right corner) was funnier than the video itself. Have you seen all the “real” Cleveland tourism videos on youtube? The parody was what made it so hilarious. The jokes themselves were cliched and/or lame. Especially in the second video, they were really grasping at straws. “See a river that catches on fire” — C’mon, that’s the best you got??

    You may not have appreciated the parody if hadn’t seen videos like this:

    The concept is plausible.. that’s why it’s so funny to me:

    “The Cleveland Tourism Board gave me 14 million dollars about 8 months ago to make a promotional video to bring people to Cleveland. As usual, I waited till the last minute and I ended up having to shoot and edit it in about an hour yesterday afternoon. ”


  10. The Convention and Visitors Bureau had an interesting response: they created a Hastily-Made Tourism Video Contest. I’m curious to see where this will lead.

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  13. Special K

    Postscript: This video made it into Michael Moore’s new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

  14. James

    Anyone know what song they sampled for the cleveland tourism video?

  15. Yeah.

    What song is that they used? It sounds so familiar.

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