Rooftop Comedy's third annual National College Comedy Competition won't end in Aspen with Rooftop Comedy's fest, because the company has partnered with TBS to send the four top college stand-ups to Chicago for one more final face-off at Just For Laughs Chicago. Or as TBS calls it, "TBS Presents a 'Very Funny' Festival: Just For Laughs." That's a mouthful! At any rate.
The competition opens this spring with 32 colleges and universities competing in both live stage matches and online voting, via stand-up plus rival roast videos and one-liners. The "Funniest Four" teams head to the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival from June 10-13, and the top four individuals will be invited to move on to the "National Student Finals" at JFL Chicago from June 15-19.
But what to the executives have to say about it? ‚ÄúTeaming up with Rooftop Comedy for the 2010 National College Comedy Competition is a great way for us to check out some of the incredible talent emerging from the college scene,‚Äù said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). ‚ÄúFor the four young comics chosen to perform at our Festival in Chicago, it will be the opportunity of a lifetime as they pursue their comedy dreams in the city that has been the proving ground for some of America‚Äôs greatest comedians.‚Äù As for Rooftop? ‚ÄúJoining with TBS on this extraordinarily exciting college series marks a huge milestone for the National College Comedy Competition,‚Äù says Will C. Rogers, CEO of Rooftop Comedy. "The NCCC has become the top college series of its kind with thousands of students participating across the country. Working with TBS, it will now just get that much bigger and that much funnier.‚Äù
Here are your Regional Rival match-ups. Do you need to see and fill out a bracket, just like the other kids? Here are your brackets!
March 28 ‚Äì Temple University vs. Penn State @ Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia
March 28 ‚Äì Florida State University vs. University of Florida @ The Comedy Zone in Tallahassee, Fla.
March 29 ‚Äì Michigan State University vs. Western Michigan @ Connxtions Comedy Club in Lansing, Mich.
March 30 ‚Äì Boston College vs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology @ Mottley‚Äôs in Boston
March 31 ‚Äì Northwestern vs. Columbia College @ Lincoln Lodge in Chicago
March 31 ‚Äì Emerson vs. Tufts University @ Mottley‚Äôs in Boston
April 5 ‚Äì University of Wisconsin ‚Äì Eau Claire vs. University of Minnesota @ Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis
April 6 ‚Äì Syracuse University vs. Cornell University @ Wise Guys in Syracuse, N.Y.
April 7 ‚Äì Xavier University vs. Ohio State University @ Go Bananas in Cincinnati
April 7 ‚Äì New York University vs. Marymount Manhattan @ Comic Strip Live in New York
April 10 ‚Äì Stanford University vs. University of California at Berkeley @ The Purple Onion in San Francisco
April 11 ‚Äì UCSC vs. San Francisco State @ The Purple Onion in San Francisco
April 11 ‚Äì Colorado University at Boulder vs. Colorado State University @ Comedy Works in Denver
April 11 ‚Äì George Washington University vs. University of Virginia @ The Comedy Spot in Arlington, Va.
April 12 ‚Äì University of North Carolina vs. Duke University @ DSI Comedy Theatre in Carrboro, N.C.
April 13 ‚Äì University of Southern California vs. Loyola Marymount University @ Hollywood Improv in Hollywood