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Epidemic of Funny: Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition Presented by TBS Begins Second Year

January 20, 2011

TBS and Rooftop Comedy proudly announce the fourth annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition (NCCC) Presented by TBS, a nationwide search for America's funniest college students. Students from 32 prestigious institutions will compete in the art of stand-up comedy for a shot at being crowned "America's Funniest Comedy Team" and the chance to perform at the TWIX® Presents TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. There is no time to worry about the dean's list and Phi Beta Kappa when such honors are up for grabs.

"It's been amazing to watch this competition grow over the past four years into the largest comedy series of its kind," says Rooftop CEO Will Rogers. "Every year the NCCC has gotten bigger and more dynamic. This year, we'll have thousands of students attending our expanded lineup of live events and hundreds of thousands viewing new types of comedy content and voting online."

The high-stakes, no-holds-barred competition begins with talent search events (free and open to all students) held on all 32 competing campuses.  At each event, students perform live stand-up routines, and the audience selects the funniest eight to represent their school. The competition narrows the field through a series of additional live events and online voting rounds, concluding with the announcement of the winning team and four MVPs on May 9, 2001. MVPs then have the chance to perform alongside comedy greats at TWIX® Presents TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago in June.

"We are thrilled that TBS will once again join forces with Rooftop Comedy to celebrate America's future comedic talent through the National College Comedy Competition," said Dennis Adamovich, Senior VP of Brand and Digital Activation/General Manager of Festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "As last year's competition proved, the NCCC serves as a great buildup to the comedy festival in Chicago and a great opportunity for us to engage directly with college students, a key audience for TBS."

Visit TBS.com/college to keep up with the competition and vote for America's funniest collegiate talent.

2011 NCCC Events Overview
  • On-Campus Talent Searches   2/1 - 2/28
  • Regional Rival Matches      3/1 -€“ 4/9
  • Select 16 Elimination Round 3/1 - 4/11
  • Ultimate 8 Selection Round  4/14 -€“ 4/18
  • Conference Rival Match      4/18 -€“ 4/25
  • Funniest 4 Selection Round  4/28 - 5/2
  • Funniest 4 Announcement     5/3
  • Judges' Review              5/9
  • TBS Just for Laughs Chicago 6/15 -€“ 6/19

About Rooftop Comedy
Rooftop Comedy, a unit of Rooftop Media, Inc., is the leading producer of interactive comedy programming and comedic branded entertainment. Rooftop Comedy records live comedy performances 365 nights a year from its network of comedy clubs around the world, distributing original comedy programming to cable, broadcast, web, mobile, and print channels.

About TBS
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network and is available in 101 million households. It serves as home to such original comedy series as Glory Daze, Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; special events, including a star-studded comedy festival in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Mars Chocolate North America and TWIX®
Mars Chocolate North America is the North American chocolate operations of Mars, Incorporated. Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience.  These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate — M&M's®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX® Petcare — PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR®, NUTRO®, GREENIES®, and ROYAL CANIN® Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES® Food – UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – WISDOM PANEL™, SERAMIS®, CIRKUHEALTH™ and COCOAPRO®.  For more information, please visit  www.mars.com

TWIX®, a Mars Chocolate brand, aims to make every moment of pause that much more enjoyable. Thanks to its crunchy cookie, chewy caramel, and creamy chocolate taste, your moments of pause are a little more fun, so you can truly "Pause Like You Mean It." For more information about TWIX®, please visit TWIX.com

CONTACTS:
TBS Maya Brooks: 404-885-2098 maya.brooks@turner.com
Rooftop Comedy Sara Linderman: 800-860-0293 x707 sara@rooftopmedia.net

 

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