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Entry from August 18, 2005
New York Underground Comedy Festival
The annual New York Underground Comedy Festival was started in 2003 by George Sarris.

The 3rd Annual NYC Underground Comedy Festival
Back again, in its 3rd year, The NYC Underground Comedy Festival is the largest in the country with over 100 events in all five boroughs. The festival features over 350 comedians from all over the country for 7 nights, including One Person Shows, Improv, Sketch & Film.

The NYC Underground Comedy Festival 2005
Date: Sun Apr 10 [9:13 AM]
Posted By: george2224

CONTACT:George Sarris
Executive Producer,
The NYC Underground Comedy Festival


New York, NY — April 11, 2005 — The largest NY comedy festival will take place on Oct. 3-9, 2005. In its 3rd year, The NYC Underground Comedy Festival will feature over 100 comedy-related events from stand-up showcases to comedy writing workshops in 60 locations across all five boroughs. Due to its growing popularity, this year's festival will expand into New Jersey with shows at top venues.

"We draw comedians from across the nation and give them a great opportunity to be seen and heard by peers and industry. There is something for everyone who attends one of the shows," says George Sarris, the festival's executive producer.

Two underlying themes in the NYCUCF are philanthropy and the belief that laugher should be brought to the people. Aside from the major comedy clubs, people can see festival shows at their local libraries, hospitals, and homeless shelters. NYCUCF has already raised $20,000 for Operation: UpLink, an organization helping U.S. troops connect with their families.

In comparison to 2003 and 2004, this year's festival will be adding the Upright Citizens Brigade, other improve and sketch groups, and a new film division featuring today's funniest shorts.

For more information, visit http://www.nycundergroundcomedy.com

Comedians Who Have Appeared at The NYC Underground Comedy Festival:
Jim Gaffigan ('Comedy Central'), Jim Norton (NBC's 'The Tonight Show')
Freddie Roman (Legendary Friars Club Dean) Rich Vos (NBC's 'Last Comic Standing') Ed Helms (Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show'), Dean Edwards ('Saturday Night Live'), Colin Quinn (Comedy Central's 'Tough Crowd'), Jessica Kirson ('Comedy Central') Eddie Brill (Head Booker for 'The Late Show' with David Letterman), Bill Burr (The Montreal Comedy Festival). Also noteworthy: Bob Nelson, Basile, Ted Alexandro,
Chicago City Limits, Sal the Stockbroker, Ross Bennett, Scott Blakeman, , Wendy Spero, Carmen Lynch, Jason Good,Robert Kelly, and over 200 emerging and established comedy artists.

About The NYC Underground Comedy Festival — Founded by George Sarris, (a former seat holder of The New York Stock Exchange) the Underground Comedy Festival was created in 2003 to give New Yorkers another opportunity to laugh and see today's best comedians. Every year the talent roster grows stronger, attracting additional sponsors and more people aware of the magic this comedy festival creates.

A mixture of the best of NY Comedians and the rest of the worlds.

About the '05 Festival

The New York City Underground Comedy Festival TM is the biggest showcase of emerging and established talent in the world, catering to industry and consumers.

From October 2-10, 2005, top venues in all five boroughs will host over 200 events exposing new talent in a national spotlight.

Back again with us this year are clubs like The Comic Strip Live and The Gotham Comedy Club, known for giving new comedians a chance to be discovered.

The New York City Public Library is also a partner. Free shows are offered at most branches, reflecting our joint commitment to bring comedy to all audiences.

Like to laugh? Who doesn't? Then you'll want to make a point of attending the second annual New York City Underground Comedy Festival. No, you don't venture forth into underground caverns for subway tunnels to enjoy the comedy of up-and coming comics. But you may find yourself in basement cafes and comedy clubs scattered around New York's Greenwich Village.

The brainchild of George Sarris, the NYC Underground Comedy Festival got its start last year as a three-night event held at the Laurie Beechman Theater in the heart of Times Square. Eddie Brill, comedian and head talent coordinator of The Dave Lettermen made a special guest appearance every night, along with Jim Gaffigan of "Sex in the City" and "That 70's Show."

Sarris began his comedy festival to give up-and-coming comedians a chance to be seen by the industry since New York can be a difficult place to find stage time for someone who's unknown. This year's festival will be held from October 4-8. It has grown from last year's three nights to five, making it the largest comedy festival in the city. Instead of being held at just one venue, it has expanded to 30 venues, with 50 events, including free library shows at all the branches of the New York Library to bring comedy to people who can't afford to go to a comedy club.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • Thursday, August 18, 2005 • Permalink

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