Rooftop Comedy Launches Talent Institute for Nation's Most Promising Comedians

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Rooftop Comedy, the leading comic discovery network and interactive media producer of comedy content and comedic branded entertainment, extends reach to college students with first-ever comedy career training program. During this intensive progrlam, students will attend interactive workshops and seminars taught by professional writers and performers, meet with entertainment industry leaders and perform at nightly comedy shows.

Recording and broadcasting comedians every night from our network of comedy venues around the world, we're uniquely positioned to identify the next big names in entertainment

Rooftop Comedy (http://www.RooftopComedy.com), the leading comic talent discovery network and interactive media producer of comedy content and comedic branded entertainment, this week launches the Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute, a four-week intensive training program providing the nation's most promising college comedians the training and support they need to launch their entertainment careers.

The program builds on the natural talent of the five hand-selected stand-up comics to further develop their performance, writing, and career marketing skills. With a seven-day-a week schedule, students will attend interactive workshops and seminars taught by professional writers and performers, meet with entertainment industry leaders and perform at nightly comedy shows. The program culminates with a performance entirely written and produced by the students on July 29th at Stage Werx in San Francisco, CA.

"Recording and broadcasting comedians every night from our network of comedy venues around the world, we're uniquely positioned to identify the next big names in entertainment," said Will C. Rogers, founder and CEO of Rooftop Comedy. "The Talent Institute is a natural extension of our talent discovery capabilities. By supporting these extraordinarily promising college comedians with a range of resources and training, we are truly igniting their careers and enabling them to become the next big names in entertainment even sooner than they might otherwise."

Students are selected through a highly competitive application process that drew hundreds of applicants from around the country. Four of this year's five participants were finalists in the 2009 National College Comedy Competition, one was a member of the winning stand-up Comedy Team and was also awarded MVP, and one was the winner of the Funny Film Competition. The five participants include:

  •     Andy Erikson from University of Minnesota
  •     Dave Thomason from University of California, Berkeley
  •     Reid Faylor from Xavier University
  •     Max Fox from Emerson College
  •     Will Hatcher from Florida International University

Performances of the five comics can be viewed at http://www.RooftopComedy.com .

For more information, please email 2009NCCC@RooftopComedy.com.

About Rooftop Comedy:
Rooftop Comedy is the largest producer of interactive comedy programming and original comedy productions.

Rooftop Comedy records live comedy performances 365 nights a year from its network of comedy clubs throughout North America, Europe and Australia, distributing original comedy programming to broadcast Television, mobile, web, and print media outlets that include MavTV, Current TV, Apple iTunes, Yahoo!, Nokia, Hulu, FastCompany Magazine, YouTube, and TiVO. Working with more than 3,500 professional comedians, Rooftop Comedy maintains a growing video library of tens of thousands of hours of comedy content. Rooftop Comedy produces a range of local and national events programming, including the annual National College Comedy Competition and the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival.

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