TBS to Present 3rd Annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition

March 16, 2010

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TBS and Rooftop Comedy are embarking on a nationwide search for America’s funniest college students with the 3rd Annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition (NCCC). The NCCC pits stand-up comedians from universities across the country against one another in a series of on-campus and online competitions – ultimately crowning the Funniest College Comedy Team and Funniest College Comedian in the U.S. The competition will climax this June in Chicago, where the four top college comedians will be invited to perform at TBS Presents a "Very Funny" Festival: Just For Laughs.

The NCCC begins with 32 universities from around the country battling both on stage and online, with public voting helping to determine who advances at each stage of the competition. In addition to besting other schools with the most hilarious stand-up comedy performances, each comedy team must create the funniest rival roast videos and on-the-fly one-liners to avoid elimination. Ultimately, The Funniest Four comedy teams compete in the National Team Finals at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival June 10-13, with the top four individual comics going on to perform at the National Student Finals in Chicago at TBS Presents a "Very Funny" Festival: Just For Laughs, which takes place June 15-19. The Festival lineup for the Chicago event, along with ticket sales information, will be announced soon.

Students, alums and comedy fans of all stripes can catch all of the college comedy action at, where they can watch and vote for their favorite comedians and teams at each stage of the series. The site also provides details on where to see the live comedy showdowns around the U.S., the Team Finals in Aspen and the National Student Finals in Chicago.

"Teaming 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," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "For 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’s greatest comedians."

"Joining with TBS on this extraordinarily exciting college series marks a huge milestone for the National College Comedy Competition," 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."

The following is a complete schedule for the upcoming Regional Rival match-ups:

  • March 28 – Temple University vs. Penn State @ Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia
  • March 28 – Florida State University vs. University of Florida @ The Comedy Zone in Tallahassee, Fla.
  • March 29 – Michigan State University vs. Western Michigan @ Connxtions Comedy Club in Lansing, Mich.
  • March 30 – Northwestern vs. Columbia College @ Lincoln Lodge in Chicago
  • March 30 – Emerson vs. Tufts University @ Mottley’s in Boston
  • March 31 – Boston College vs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology @ Mottley’s in Boston
  • April 5 – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire vs. University of Minnesota @ Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis
  • April 6 – Syracuse University vs. Cornell University @ Wise Guys in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • April 7 – Xavier University vs. Ohio State University @ Go Bananas in Cincinnati
  • April 7 – New York University vs. Marymount Manhattan @ Comic Strip Live in New York
  • April 10 – Stanford University vs. University of California at Berkeley @ SF Comedy Clubhouse in San Francisco
  • April 11 – Colorado University at Boulder vs. Colorado State University @ Comedy Works in Denver
  • April 11 – George Washington University vs. University of Virginia @ The Comedy Spot in Arlington, Va.
  • April 12 – UCSC vs. San Francisco State @ Café du Nord in San Francisco
  • April 12 – University of North Carolina vs. Duke University @ DSI Comedy Theatre in Carrboro, N.C.
  • April 13 – University of Southern California vs. Loyola Marymount University @ Hollywood Improv in Hollywood

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.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network.  It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns, as well as the upcoming Neighbors from Hell and Are We There Yet?; the hit late-night series Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like The Office and Family Guy; and specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. TBS also presents major live events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas.

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.


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