Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Congratulations to Punch 59!!


Performance to be held at the Laugh Factory NYC; Finals in Los Angeles, Sept. 25th

PUNCH 59 Sketch Comedy has been selected to compete in the annual International Sketch Comedy Competition™, which showcases some of the world’s best sketch comedy talent.

The first round will be held in New York City at 7pm, August 28th, 2007 at the Laugh Factory, 303 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are available by calling the Laugh Factory at 212-586-7829, x1. Industry comps are available.

Two more rounds will be held in both Chicago and LA in the coming weeks, and one troupe from each city will be selected to compete in the I.S.C.C. finals at the new 500-seat Laugh Factory in Los Angeles on September 25, 2007, with a celebrity judges’ panel and hosts (last year’s panel included Adam West). Winners receive a representation contract from a Los Angeles-based comedy booking agency and other prizes.

Past winners of the International Sketch Comedy Competition include Chicago’s Competitive Awesome and San Francisco’s 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. This years’ I.S.C.C. will be taped for a reality-TV pilot and a portion of all proceeds will benefit charity.

“We are thrilled to be part of this festival,” says Jen Ryan, PUNCH 59’s Artistic Director. “The I.S.C.C. is a great opportunity for our amazing cast and writers, and we look forward to cleaning the floor with our competition.”

Performing with PUNCH 59 at the Laugh Factory show will be Jen Ryan (FringeNYC ’04 Outstanding Performance Award), Rik Sansone (Summer ’69), Amir Darvish (Mercury: Life and Times of a Rock God) Melanie Keegan and Erika Woods.

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