The Friars Club has announced a contest that help take your sketch and improv teams to the next level of your careers, you know, the kind of level that could make you big enough in show business to be invited to become members of The Friars Club!

Friarscontest To make it happen for you, they're going to reward one sketch group and one improv team $10,000 apiece to make their dream short film. You don't need to be in New York to enter. But here's what you do need to know…

The basics: Submit a demo of your show to the Friars Club, postmarked by May 1. Five improv and five sketch finalists will be chosen to compete June 25-26 in a live showcase showdown at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. Then the winners have three months to make their films, which will premiere at the 2010 Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, coming Sept. 23-26.

The details: $30 application fee if postmarked by April 1, $40 by May 1, and late submissions by May 10 for $50. Fee must be in U.S. dollars (talking to you, Euros!). Also include at least two copies of your demo on DVD in NTSC format, plus an electronic image of your group photo and/or logo. If it's not in English, you've got to include subtitles. Only one entry per team. Time limit: Between 20-30 minutes. And obviously, if you're competing in the improv category, the demo must be unedited.

For the entry form and more, click here.

Further questions? Contact the Friars Club at FrISC@FriarsClub.com