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SF State vs. UCSC last night

Whoa, way to kick it off guys! SF State and UC Santa Cruz battled it out on stage last night at the legendary Purple Onion in San Francisco. Both teams were impressively funny and performed like pros.

Our panel of judges, and our voting audience, had a tough decision in their hands come voting time. Ultimately four comics from each team were chosen as their school’s Starting Lineup. Def keep an eye on these two teams in the Select 16 online voting round. It’s going to be a close call! Vote for your fave on March 10th and 11th at

2011 NCCC Regional Rival Competitions Hit the Bay

TBS and Rooftop Comedy will host the San Francisco Regional Rival Match for the fourth annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition, the nationwide talent search to find the funniest college students in America, at The Purple Onion on Wednesday, March 2 & March 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Comedy teams from San Francisco State and University of California, Santa Cruz will go up against each other in a stand-up battle on stage on March 2nd. Teams from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford will face –off on March 9th. Fans from each school will have the opportunity to vote online to determine which team will move forward in the competition.

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 starting on March 10. The top four individual comedians competing from 32 schools will get a chance to perform in the National Student Finals at TWIX Presents TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago, June 14-18, 2011.

WHAT: The National College Comedy Competition – San Francisco Regional Competition

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Purple Onion
140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased by calling (415) 956-1653, online at or at The Purple Onion box office. This show is 18 yrs of age and over.

First-timers Heat Up the National College Comedy Competition!

St. Cloud State is new to NCCC this year, but their comics are already top notch!  The Quarry in Atwood was packed with students who were treated to a very funny show by comics of all levels of experience and all different styles.  Congrats to the St. Cloud team!  Next up, St. Cloud will compete against the University of Minnesota on March 21st at House of Comedy.

Emerson’s still got it.

Awesome event tonight at Emerson College in downtown Boston! Students chose comedy over the Super Bowl and packed The Cabaret to cheer on their friends. We had over 20 students show up to perform with some really impressive talent. Super fun. Congrats to the Emerson Comedy Team!

Despite all that snow, Boston College came in HOT!!!

Wow, awesome event at Boston College. Nearly 400 students came out on an icy night to support college comedy. We had 20 performers try out for the team – with just eight advancing. The competition was stiff and all performers were solid. Next up, BC will compete against Emerson at the Regional Rivals on 3/30 at Mottley’s!

2011 National College Comedy Competition: Register Now!

Yep, we’re back! The 2011 NCCC is gonna be funnier than ever as we’ve updated the bracket with tough new schools and added a few twists in the competition. Four MVPs will get a highly-coveted performance spot at the TBS Presents Just for Laughs, Chicago.

To get in on it, students must attend one of the 32 participating schools and complete our online registration. Let the competition begin!


Rooftop would like to extend many thanks to Max “Production Intern for the month of July” Fox for spending part of his summer working for us.

Max is a great comic and a great friend of ours. Originally from New York City and currently living in Boston where he attends Emerson College, Max was a stand out performer at the 2009 National College Comedy Competition. He was so good, in fact, we asked him to come San Francisco last summer to participate in our first ever “Talent Institute,” a month long intensive program providing the nation’s most promising college comedians the training and support they need to launch their entertainment careers. Five students were selected through a highly competitive application process that drew hundreds of applicants from around the country; the Max was one of them.

When Max asked to join our production team this summer, we were honored to oblige. He spent the month of July analyzing and producing content for the site, enjoying the delectable $5 all you can eat buffet at the Gold Club, and being his delightful jackass self.

Max has a bright future in comedy. We’re very grateful that he shared his many talents with us this summer. Good luck, Maxy!


Today marks the close of the 3rd Annual National College Comedy Competition (NCCC) presented by TBS, with the official crowning of Calvin Cole from University of Florida as America’s Funniest College Student. The competition kicked off in January with an on-campus talent search at 32 universities across the country. Comedy Teams then battled their way through a series of live events and online elimination rounds in tournament-style match-ups.
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Who is the Funniest Student in America?

Sheesh, tough question! After dozens of live events and nailbiting elimination rounds, we’ve narrowed it down to just four finalists competing for the title of Funniest Student in America.

The four finalists won VIP trips to TBS Presents A “Very Funny” Festival: Just for Laughs in Chicago. The comics performed to a packed house and all brought their best to the LOL Lounge!

Watch their videos and vote for the funniest student now through June 28th at 6pm PT.

NCCC Finals Tonight!

We’ve been having a blast out here in beautiful Aspen with our Funniest 4 Comedy Teams and our Funniest Filmmakers. Between outstanding stand-up acts, industry panels, live podcasts and blowout parties – it seems like tonight’s finals has snuck up on us!

Our two final teams, Emerson College and UF, will compete tonight at 5:30 MDT for the title of Funniest Stand-up Comedy Team. Our Funny Filmmakers will also be screening their films in hopes of winning the title of Funniest Filmmaker.

Make sure to watch live online and vote for your team! Winners will be announced online, Monday, June 14th.