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Film, TV Stars with Roots in Comedy on South Beach
By Kim Burke
Television and Film star Susie Essman, along with D-list Diva Kathy Griffin, Pimp Master Katt Williams, Captain Miserable Dave Attell, Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross and his mean team Ralphie May, Stephen "Lyrical" Lynch, Jeff Dunham, Raul Gonzalez, Louis C.K., Kristina Wong, International Star Andres Lopez, Bill Eichner Creation Nation, Lincoln Road Free Stage Comedians, and the "So, You Think You're Funny" Comedian Search descend on Miami Beach on January 16-19, 2007. This annual event produced in part by Comedy Central, Fantasma Productions, and William Morris Agency brings stand up comedy to South Florida offering performances for all in the community to appreciate and participate in the art form. Nightly free-of-charge shows will take place on Lincoln Road and Euclid Avenue. Theatres within a generous square mile radius of the free stage will house comedy sets thoughout the festival. The most expensive seat is $75.00 and shows have sold out quickly in years past. http://www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com allows you to search each comedian's bio, and link to their personal websites, see the full festival schedule and buy advance tickets.
The festival engages the community to watch stand up, but it also encourages you to participate in the art form. The "So, You Think You're Funny" contest searches for the new comedic talent. Comedy Central, The Paul and Young Ron Show, Improv comedy clubs, and CBS 4, combine resources and ask for your help in selecting the funniest new talent each year. This year's competition schedule is as follows:
First round open call auditions will be held @ the Tampa Improv 8:00p.m. on Wednesday December 26th 2007
First round open call auditions will be held @ the West Palm Beach Improv 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Saturday January 5, 2008
First round open call auditions will be held @ the Miami Improv 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Sunday January 6, 2008
Second round semi-finals will be held @ the Miami Improv 7:30p.m. Wednesday January 9, 2008 - hosted by Toast and Branzig of the "Paul and Young Ron Show" Big 105.9
Semi-finalist will be posted on the CBS4 website http://cbs4.com/comedy where visitors to the site can vote for their favorite comic. Selected talent will advance to the finals.
Third round Finals will take place @ The Colony Theatre Miami Beach 8:00p.m. Friday January 18, 2008 - hosted by Paul Castranova and Young Ron
Comics are asked to have up to 3 minutes of clean material prepared.
For more entry details, go to http://www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com/comedy_search.php