The registration process is now open for comedians to take part in the second annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, which is billed as 2010-2011 this time around, because organizers have expanded it nationwide with a series of preliminary audition competitions this fall before the finals take place next spring in Atlanta.

As co-organizer Steve Hofstetter just explained it to me:

"We've got 29 first round shows in 25 markets. Our selection committee will pick about 240 of the entrants, and the clubs will fill the rest of the spots. Every show has huge judges – club bookers, college agents, casting executives, etc, etc. So even if you don't get out of the first round, you're still showcasing for the best of the best. The best two from each show go on to the week in Atlanta like last year – but the prizes are more, and there's even more industry."

Registration deadline for comedians is Oct. 15.

Take a look at the schedule to see the list of venues participating in prelim audition competitions on Nov. 16-17, 2010.