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UW-Eau Claire Comedians to Get Opportunity
to Compete Regionally and Nationally

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — During a live show March 2, a comedy team from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be selected to advance to a regional competition in a national comedy talent search.

The UW-Eau Claire phase of the RooftopComedy National College Comedy Competition will begin at 7 p.m. at Higherground in Crest Wellness Center. Admission is free.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 32 colleges and universities participating in the national college competition, which showcases the stage talents of aspiring standup comics and features a contest for the best short comedic filmmaker.

Students will perform three minutes of standup in the competition, which will be emceed by a nationally touring headline comedian. Judges and audience members will determine the funniest students in the categories of standup and short film. The top eight comedians will advance to the regional semi-finals against a team from the University of Minnesota in a show at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis.

All comedy teams will be filmed and profiled on the RooftopComedy Web site as they advance through the third and final round in Aspen, Colo, on Memorial Day weekend.

Short film contestants must submit their film online by March 31. The top 16 filmmakers will be determined by a celebrity panel. The top 16 films will be on the RooftopComedy Web site for voting by the general public. Those voted the four funniest films will be featured in Aspen, in a competition for the world's best short comedy film award.

One winner from each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. Each final-four winner from each category will win a free VIP trip to Aspen.

To register in advance to compete, go to their Web site

RooftopComedy representatives will be on campus from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 29 in The Cabin of Davies Center.

RooftopComedy produces and distributes comedy performances by up-and-coming and established professional comedians from around the world.

The program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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