WMA and Fantasma Productions Launch the Second Annual South Beach Comedy Festival

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South Beach Comedy Festival is a four-day, Multicultural Festival January 17-20, 2007 to bring fun and laughter to South Beach, Florida in association with Comedy Central and sponsored by Amp'd Mobile, Kia and Taco Bell.

The William Morris Agency and Fantasma Productions announce the launch of the second annual South Beach Comedy Festival.

Four-day, multicultural festival to bring fun and laughter to South Beach, Florida in association with Comedy Central sponsored by Amp'd Mobile, Kia and Taco Bell January 17-20, 2007.

Performers include Roseanne Barr, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Breuer, Margaret Cho Presents "The Sensuous Woman: A New Burlesque and Comedy Variety Show", Andrew Dice Clay, Mike Epps, Greg Giraldo, Raúl González, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Bill Maher, Robert Schimmel, Hal Sparks, Jon Stewart and many more rising comedians.

Local comedy competition, free comedy stage on Lincoln Road and "Reno 911: Miami!" special movie screening with the cast all part of this year's festival.

The William Morris Agency and Fantasma Productions have once again teamed up with Comedy Central to bring the second annual South Beach Comedy Festival to South Florida. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 10am through all Ticketmaster outlets, The Jackie Gleason Theatre box office, southbeachcomedyfestival.com, comedycentral.com or (305) 358-5885. The four-day, multi-cultural festival will take place in South Beach from January 17 to 20, 2007. South Beach Comedy Festival is a partnership that links the industry's top talent agency and the number one promoter in Florida with the preeminent comedy network. On the heels of the success of last year's inaugural festival, Comedy Central will once again be the exclusive media partner of the festival, solidifying its place on the South Florida winter season calendar of events.

South Beach Comedy Festival is a culturally diverse festival that will showcase top performers including Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's Emmy and Peabody-Award winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; Roseanne Barr, whose new comedy special "Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'" is airing on HBO; Jim Breuer, host of Sirius Satellite Radio's "Jim Breuer Unleashed"; Margaret Cho presents "The Sensuous Woman: A New Burlesque and Comedy Variety Show"; one of stand-up's most controversial comics, Andrew Dice Clay; host of HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", Mike Epps; The triple bill of Comedy Central regulars Greg Giraldo, Mike Birbiglia and Robert Schimmel; Raúl González, popular co-host of "Despierta América", Univision's live morning news/entertainment show; comedy's lovable queen of mean, Lisa Lampanelli; Artie Lange from "The Howard Stern Show"; Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"; Hal Sparks, actor on Showtime's "Queer As Folk" and most recently seen on Fox's "Celebrity Duets"; and many more to be announced at a later date.

In addition to the headlining performances, South Beach Comedy Festival will hold an open call to be held on January 6th at The Improv Comedy Club in Coconut Grove for aspiring comedians to win a chance to perform at the festival on the Free Comedy Stage on Lincoln Road. The open call winners will move on to the final competition on January 8th and compete with other local comedians. Clips of all the Improv performances will be posted on the CBS4 website (cbs4.com), where viewers can vote for their favorite comedian. The winners of the competition will be announced on January 12th. Last year's winner, Flip Schultz, went on to receive an offer to appear on COMEDY CENTRAL's multi-platform series "Live At Gotham" after performing at the festival and received further national recognition as one of the finalists on NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

In addition, South Beach Comedy Festival and Comedy Central have joined forces with 20th Century Fox for the festival's first movie partnership: Fox's February 23 release "Reno 911: Miami!" will receive a special advance screening on Thursday, January 18. The entire principal cast of the film will be on hand after the screening for an exclusive Q&A with the festival audience. Comedy Central is also proud to announce the filming of a Christopher Titus one-hour special from the South Beach Comedy Festival.

"Last year's event was a huge success and we are thrilled to be back for a second year with many more to come," said Raul Mateu, William Morris Agency Senior Vice President. "Last year we sold tickets in over 34 states and this year's line-up will take us to a new level. Our goal of becoming one of the premier events in South Florida and one of the premier comedy festivals around the world is within reach."

"This years festival will be bigger and better than last year. The same great concept, with some fun new additions," said Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions President. "We expect this to be a great event for local audiences as well as for people who want to fly in for a great weekend."

"Comedy Central is thrilled to once again be the media partner for the South Beach Comedy Festival," said Mitch Fried, SVP Promotion Marketing, Comedy Central. "At last year's festival, we saw first-hand how viewers were eager to personally connect with the Comedy Central brand off-air during the live shows. This year, festival attendees will be even more immersed with our network's signature and risk-taking content including performances from top Comedy Central talent. We see this festival as part of Comedy Central's overall live performance strategy."

The festival performances will take place throughout South Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater, The Lincoln Theater, and The Colony Theater. Creating a comedy mall down Lincoln Road, audiences by will be able to visit the free stand-up stage during the festival, which will premiere on comedycentral.com and will be available for downloads to Amp'd Mobile customers. The Lincoln Road stage will be sponsored in part by the City of Miami Beach, which has been an active participant in the establishment of the festival since it's launch last year.

"As Mayor of the City of Miami Beach, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back the South Beach Comedy Central to our wonderful community," said Miami Beach Mayor, David Dermer. The second edition of this great event promises to leave participants laughing. We wish the festival continued success."

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