Comedy Central will tape its fourth season of Live at Gotham in August. That's good news, not just for comedy fans who want to see some new stand-up comedians, but also, and perhaps more importantly, for the up-and-coming performers getting their first Comedy Central credits. Would you like to know who these comics are? Would you like to see the tapings live and for free? If you're going to be in New York City during the tapings (Aug. 6-9, 2009), then that's a possibility.

From my friends in comedy blogging at Comedy Central Insider, here are the instructions to get tickets to see Live at Gotham live in person:

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST LIVE IN THE NYC AREA AND BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TICKETS. There will be no drink minimum at the club that night (drinks are available for purchase during the show) and as always tickets are complimentary for this event. Email gotham@broadwayvideo.com with the following information in both the subject line and body of your email: 1) GOTHAM, 2) Your full name, 3) Your email address, 4) Your phone number(s), 5) Which show or shows you can attend. If you can attend any of the shows put "ANY SHOW," 6) Note that you can get a maxmium of 2 tickets. Example: GOTHAM/Chris Rock/rocksthejoke@comedy.com/(212) 555-1212 /ANY SHOW/2 tickets. Also note that you cannot leave your seat during the taping, which should last about two hours. You'll be contacted via email if your request is accepted.

But how do you know which show you'll want to be at. Here's a handy guide. Keep in mind that the names are in alphabetical order per show, and that you may recognize a few names more than others. Comedy Central has a network policy (written or unwritten) that you have to do Live at Gotham (or before that, Premium Blend) before you can do their half-hour Comedy Central Presents and then an hour special, even if you may have the clout and material to do so.


THURSDAY Aug 6
7PM
Host: Jim Jefferies, with Jason Good, Tim Harmston, Joe Mande, Jay Phillips, Dan Soder, Glenn Wool

THURSDAY Aug 6 9:30PM
Host: Bobby Lee, with Nick Cobb, Chris D'Elia, Don Freisen, Patrick Keane, Iliza Shlesinger, Dustin Ybarra

FRIDAY Aug 7 7PM
Host: Rob Riggle, with Jeff Dye, Vanessa Graddick, Jon Huck, Kyle Kinane, Sean Sullivan, Mike E Winfield

FRIDAY Aug 7 9:30PM
Host: Charlie Murphy, with Quinn Dahle, Tiffany Haddish, Sean Patton, Gabriel Rutledge, Edwin San Juan, Dave Waite

SATURDAY Aug 8 7PM
Host: Jo Koy, with Deb DiGiovanni, Corey Fernandez, Andy Ritchie, Wil Sylvince, Reese Waters, Taylor Williamson

SATURDAY Aug 8 9:30PM
Host: Doug Benson, with Donald Glover, TuRae, Jarrod Harris, Moshe Kasher, Brent Sullivan, Harris Wittels

SUNDAY Aug 9 7PM
Host: Paul F Tompkins, with Kent Haines, Daniel Jackson, Nick Kroll, Eric Krug, Kumail Nanjiani, Thai Rivera

SUNDAY Aug 9 9:30PM
Host: Judah Friedlander, with Ron G, Randy Kagen, Alex Koll, Chuck Watkins, Andy Woodhull, Gina Yashere