HBO Comes To The San Francisco Comedy College To Scout Talent For Its Annual Comedy Festival In Aspen, Colorado

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HBO, the renowned cable television network, will audition comedians at the San Francisco Comedy College, one of the top three comedy schools in the country, for its annual HBO Comedy Festival, which will be held February 28 – March 7, 2007 in Aspen, Colorado.

The San Francisco Comedy College (SFCC), one of the top three largest comedy schools in America, is thrilled to announce that HBO, the undisputed leader in presenting new comedic talent, for the first time ever in the history of American stand-up comedy will audition comedians from a comedy school for its HBO Comedy Festival, which will be held February 28 – March 7, 2007 in Aspen, Colorado. The audition showcase will take place on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 6 p.m. at The Clubhouse, located at 414 Mason St. #705 in downtown San Francisco.

This audition showcase also marks the first time a comedy school has produced talent worthy of consideration for the annual comedy event, previously known as the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which has been sponsored by HBO for the past 12 years. The HBO Comedy Festival presents cutting edge new talent, writers and filmmakers as well as feature appearances by some of the biggest stars in comedy. “We’re honored that HBO has chosen to audition our best comedians at our own theatre,” says Kurtis Matthews, founder of the SFCC. The show’s line-up includes seasoned local favorites Michael Slack, Shasta Phillips, Ali Mafi and Maggie Newcomb.

The SFCC currently trains between 80 and 130 new comedians a month in San Francisco, Sunnyvale and San Diego, and prides itself on updating its curriculum and preparing students to compete in the larger comedy markets of Los Angeles and New York, as well as comedy festivals worldwide. Tickets for the HBO Audition Show are $10. To reserve your tickets, please email Melissa Gans. For more information, call (415) 921-2051 or go to

About The San Francisco Comedy College (SFCC)

Since 1999, the San Francisco Comedy College has offered stand-up and improv classes for beginners, advanced students and working professional comedians in the Bay Area. Comedian Kurtis Matthews founded the SFCC after 14 years of working clubs nationwide, appearing on national television and surviving the LA comedy scene. He opened for Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Ron White, Devo and other top talents.


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