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Standup Comics and Comedic Filmmakers
to Compete in National Competition at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 26, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — An evening of live comedy March 4 will lead to the selection of a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire team that will 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, a club in Crest Wellness Center on upper campus. The event is free.

RooftopComedy representatives will answer questions and provide more information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 in The Cabin of Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 32 colleges and universities participating in the national college comedy 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 two categories, standup and short film. The top eight comedians from UW-Eau Claire will advance to the regional semi-finals and compete against a team from the University of Minnesota in a show at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis.

All 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 15. The top 16 short comedic filmmakers will be determined by a celebrity panel. The top 16 short films will reside on the RooftopComedy Web site to be voted on by the public. 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. The final-four winners from each category will win a free trip to Aspen.

Students can visit the RooftopComedy Web site to register in advance to compete.

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

The program is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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