Cleanest River in America

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Cleanest River in America is a now-defunct sketch comedy group from New York City. They performed frequently from 2005-2007. Their final "farewell" show was on December 30th, 2007 in front of a packed, standing-room-only crowd at Rififi in the East Village of New York.


Cleanest River in America started as a three-piece group consisting of Dan Leif, Jake Goldman and Justin Robert Young in the summer of 2005. The three met at Syracuse University in a sketch group they had created, known as "Penguins Without Pants." Their first actual show was at the Improv Asylum in Boston on September 30th, 2005.

Lineup Changes

In 2006, Justin Young left the group and Jessica Stickles, also a Syracuse graduate, moved to the city to fill the void. In 2007, Goldman quit the group and was replaced by Daniel Luddy. The final show was performed by Luddy, Stickles, Leif and Goldman.

Theatrical Runs

Dirt Bike Kings - The People's Improv Theater - April 2006-June 2006

Feingold's Extravaganza Holiday Blowout Sale - The People's Improv Theater - November 2006-December 2006

Staunton Chipmunk River Run - The People's Improv Theater - August 2007


The Third Annual Empire Comedy Festival, Syracuse, NY (headliners, 2005)

Brandeis University Sketch Fest, Waltham, MA (headliners, 2005)

Chicago's Snub-fest, Chicago, IL (guest act, 2006)

Lowell Comedy Festival, Lowell, MA (featured act, 2006)

D.C. Comedy Festival, Washington, DC (featured act, 2007)