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Andres du Bouchet’s CD Release Show

Celebrate the release of Andres du Bouchet’s first comedy album, ‘Naked Trampoline Hamlet’, at The Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, Friday October 21st at 8pm.

Hosted by fellow CONAN Writers Dan Cronin and Todd Levin.

With Performances by:
Chris Regan
Jim Earl
Jesse Popp
Andres du Bouchet
Music from Samantha Shelton
Plus Special Guests Brian Stack & James Urbaniak as fictional rival record executives!

For the price of admission guests receive a free copy of ‘Naked Trampoline Hamlet’ and free beer!

Friday, October 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The Steve Allen Theater at The Center For Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 666-4268
Get tickets

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Laughing Skull Comedy Festival – Registration Closes Today!


Today is the last day to submit for The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival! Come be a part of this nationally-renowned festival, a great way to get seen by club managers, talent agents, and major industry execs (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, Fox, and Letterman, to name a few). Now in its third year, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival brings together top notch talent, including past headliners like Margaret Cho, Christopher Titus, and Gary Gulman. There’s cash prizes and months of club work for the taking, so don’t miss today’s deadline.

After they play a sold-out show, participating comics can enjoy festival parties, a poker tournament, and a Civil War-themed kick ball game. Want even more incentive? The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival has some serious reach, partnering with Comcast and Sirius XM. All comics who make it to the festival are also eligible to be a part of a “Best Of” album.

Rooftop is thrilled to once again partner with The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Get your best 3-10 min worth of material and submit now! More festival info here or contact info(at)skullfestival.com.

The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show


Weinbach, Walsh, and Cooperman

The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show returns this weekend with the wickedly funny Brent Weinbach (Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central, FunnyOrDie.com) Brendon Walsh (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, HBO), Eric Andre (Lopez, Comedy Central), Lizzy Cooperman (Tosh.0, MTV, Last Comic Standing) and hosted by DJ Douggpound (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). Local comedy group Best Friends Club open up the show.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

10pm-Midnight, $15, Ages 16+, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA.

Click Here for tickets

Here are a few clips from Nevada City Film Festival performers Brent Weinbach and Brendon Walsh. Enjoy!

NEW RELEASE: JOHNNY BEEHNER’S “TINY WEINER”

We’re proud to to announce the release of our latest comedy album – Tiny Weiner by Rooftop favorite Johnny Beehner.

With a name like Beehner, one can either resign to be the butt of other people’s jokes or write their own. The hilarious Johnny Beehner chose the latter and has been touring extensively, bringing his stories of childhood missteps, newly married life, and The Olive Garden to fans all over. Self-described as a “fifth grader trying to figure out how to be the newly married responsible pet owner”, Beehner began his comedy career in Milwaukee while attending college. As he grew in popularity on the local scene, he also spent summers honing his chops in Los Angeles and New York, competing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and being featured on The Bob & Tom Show. With one listen to Tiny Wiener, you’re destined to learn a lot. Most notably, you’ll find out what not to do when robbing a Taco Bell.

Pick up Tiny Weiner on iTunes

COMEDIENNES FLOCK TO JAMESTOWN FOR LUCYFEST

The concept of a comedy festival in Lucille Ball’s legacy was discussed with the honoree, herself, shortly before her death in 1989. Above all other ideas, the festival concept resonated with her as a way to not just preserve her legacy, but showcase emerging talent. This year The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center and Rooftop Comedy will realize that idea by presenting the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy from August 3-7th in Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, NY. In addition to 100th birthday celebrations and I Love Lucy tributes, the festival will present a lineup of stand-up legends, including headliners Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone, as well as rising talent like Tammy Pescatelli and Christina Pazsitzky. Oh, and we invited some guys, too—like Nate Bargatze, Costaki Economopoulos, Andrew Norelli and Lamont Price.

“We know that Lucy and Desi’s intentions were for their legacy to live on in the form of living, breathing comedy that would be as progressive and contemporary as they were,” said Executive Director Journey Gunderson.

Living, breathing, and kicking, the Festival presents comedic icon, Joan Rivers, on Thursday, August 4th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Rivers was the only guest host to ever appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a host of her own late night show on FOX, winner of an Emmy for her work on daytime television and has 50 years of stand-up experience. Rivers actually co-starred with Lucille Ball in an episode of Here’s Lucy during which the two reportedly had great respect and affinity for one another.

Paula Poundstone, the first woman to ever earn a Cable ACE award for stand-up, joins the Festival lineup as the headlining act on Saturday, August 6th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Poundstone has two HBO stand-up specials under her belt along with a self-titled show on ABC and numerous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street. In addition to her chops in stand-up, Poundstone is an accomplished author and a panelist for National Public Radio on the popular program Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Audiences will enjoy Poundstone’s hilarious take on any subject, from politics to housecats.

The Rooftop Comedy Showcase on Friday, August 5th at 8pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center will feature Los Angeles comedienne Christina Pazsitzky. Pazsitzky demonstrates her sharp wit not only through performance but writing as well and these talents have helped her gain quick momentum in the comedy world. Pazsitzky has been a writer and regular guest on the E! show Chelsea Lately and was a finalist on Season 6 and 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. While Pazsitzky does perform around the country she has also gone global to entertain the troops in the Middle East, Africa, and South Korea. She represents an important part of this festival and its goals: to showcase not only what’s hot in comedy but also what’s coming.

Pazsitzky recognizes the gravity of being selected to perform in Lucy’s honor and says of the icon, “Lucy is the OG Gangster of comedy. I don’t think there is a more beloved female comedian in history. Lucy was daring. She played a housewife who wanted more and went out and got it. She ignored the limitations of her time. I think that’s what any great comedian does. She also had a thing for Latin guys, which I can relate to.”

The festival has also attracted comedy-veteran, Tammy Pescatelli, who resides nearby in Meadville, PA. Pescatelli was a finalist on Season 2 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing which secured her reputation as one of the funniest women in the comedy world. Tammy has appeared twice as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and recently was featured in her own special for Comedy Central. Pescatelli’s newest endeavor is starring in WE TV’s A Stand Up Mother where she attempts to balance her family and her growing career with a lot of laughs. Coincidentally, the show was originally pitched as a modern day I Love Lucy, only Tammy is Desi, trying to keep her husband, Luca, out of the act.

Pescatelli looks forward to her involvement in the Festival which includes a performance on Saturday, August 6th at the legendary Tropicana Room. She says, “Like all of America, I love Lucy. The fun is going to be non-stop all weekend, so eat your Vitameatavegamin.”

Want to check out the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy? Schedule info and all tickets are available at LucyComedyFest.com.

“HEART OF DARKNESS” LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO 8/7

San Francisco, you’re in for a treat. Greg Barris is bringing the deviant hilarity of the Heart Of Darkness from NYC to SF’s Café Du Nord on Sunday, August 7th!

Backed by live band The Forgiveness, the psychedelic stand-­-up show is a visceral experience, featuring cutting-­-edge comedy, mind-­-expanding music, and a scientifically based spiritual ceremony. ‘Whoa’ is right. In the midst of a five-­-month residency at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, where the likes of Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan and Janeane Garofalo have performed on the show to sold-­-out crowds, Barris and his bi-­-coastal community of performing misfits are coming to unite San Francisco audiences on a transcendental trip that combines original music and ridiculous insight into the human experience.

Watch the Heart of Darkness trailer:

This Heart Of Darkness will feature the extraordinary comedic talents of Chris Garcia, Emily Heller and Karl Hess. Heart Of Darkness also features appearances by accomplished thinkers to enlighten the audience on topics ranging from transhumanism to the cosmos, and this show’s featured presenter is Columbia University Ethnomusicologist and composer Alexandre Tannous, who will invite the audience in to the world of microtones through an immersive sound ceremony.

Artist and musician Dima Drjuchin (Avrodesign.com/dima/) heads up the house band, which seduces the audiences into the unique show experience. The Forgiveness is a choreographed element that sets the Heart Of Darkness apart from other shows featuring stand-­-up comedy. Instead of appearing solo, each performer becomes a part of the group sound when they join the band on stage. The band backs each comedian up to add color tot heir stories with original music, thus making the Heart Of Darkness one big seamless collaborative party that leaves the freedom for inspired instances of improvisation as the artists involved weave their work together. As the creator, host and curator, Greg Barris invites audiences to open themselves up to expand their minds and appreciate the absurd and hilarious communal experience.

Visit our facebook page this week and enter the Heart of Darkness ticket giveaway for a chance to win two free tickets to the show.

RSVP to the show on the Heart of Darkness Facebook Page

Buy tickets on Ticket Web

Visit Greg Barris’ Website

NEW ALBUM: Adam Newman’s “Not for Horses”

Rooftop Comedy is proud to announce the debut album from Adam NewmanNot for Horses. Recorded live at Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge in April 2011, Not for Horses is now available for sale on iTunes, Rooftopcomedy.com, and Amazon.

While some people might block a late night zucchini experience from their memory forever, Adam relishes the humor of such odd experiences. Rooftop’s Managing Label Producer Dominic Del Bene says, “Adam has done a great job of pointing out the extraordinary in the ordinary. He has the gift that all great comics have – he takes unique, personal experiences and makes them universal. It’s a privilege to release a record by such a talented comic before everybody in the world knows who he is.” Adam’s life proves to be a terrific source of material, inspiring his dead-on observational style.

Recorded live in his home state of Georgia, Not For Horses showcases his signature brand of quick, witty comedy that has taken him everywhere from the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago to the New York Comedy Festival to The Tyra Banks Show. Named one of 2010’s Comics to Watch by Comedy Central and an Andy Kaufman Award Finalist, Adam delivers on his first comedy album and you’ll never be able to look at pickles the same way.


Read a review of Not for Horses from Laugh Spin


Read Ed Palencia’s review on Comedy Reviews

Watch clips from Adam Newman

Visit Adam Newman’s website for upcoming show schedule.

Kick Start Laugh After the Machine


For a couple years now Laughter Against The Machine (W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, and Janine Brito) have been doing shows in Northern California with a few toe dips into the Pacific Northwest. Warm, familiar, liberal places (except Sacramento) where we were pretty sure most of the audience would welcome them with open arms (except Marin). But the time has come for them to leave our creature comforts. It’s time for them to step away from the land of organic quinoa, gourmet coffee made by bespectacled hipsters, latex-free butt plugs sold by androgynous feminists, and venture into less familiar territory. The time has come for them to put our money where our mouth is and wade into the most polarized quagmires in the US, the flashpoints of American ignorance and upheaval. To roam the country bringing humor to the people who need it the most, and trying to answer the age-old question: can they take a joke?

Laughter Against the Machine have started a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary film about their tour. To learn more about the project and donate, visit the Laughter Against the Machine kickstarter page.

Posted: July 12th, 2011 under News'n'stuff, Press Releases.
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THE BEARDS OF COMEDY ARE BACK!

Our favorite beardos “The Beards of Comedy” (Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, TJ Young, Joe Zimmerman) return to the world famous Laughing Skull Lounge June 9-12 to record their 2nd live comedy album for Rooftop Comedy Productions. Special guests appearances by Atlanta favorites Mike Kaiser, Paul Gallois, Matt O’Meara, Shalewa Sharpe, Tushar Singh and Benjamin Evans. Get it, Atlanta!

For more info, visit www.beardsofcomedy.com

Pick up the first Beards record at the Rooftop Comedy Shop.

Mike Merryfield releases new album, Cupcakes & Potpourri

We’re very proud to announce the release of the brand new album from comedian Mike Merryfield – Cupcakes and Potpourri. Recorded live at Skyline Comedy Café in Appleton Wisconsin in fall of 2010, Cupcakes and Potpourri is now available for sale on Apple iTunes, RooftopComedy.com, and on Amazon.

In this, his third attempt at a successful live comedy album, Mike was determined to make this sound good without adding a laugh track. Mission accomplished. With just the right mix of alcohol and prescription medicine Mike delivers the show of a lifetime, or at least the best one that week. With 15 years in the business and failed appearances at the HBO Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival Mike’s career is riding on this new album. Buy this album, it is guaranteed to decrease the size of your prostate gland. Ladies you are on your own.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 22nd – Lake Norman, NC
March 23rd – Greenville, NC
March 24-16 – Comedy Zone/Fort Mill NC
March 30 – Apr. 3rd – Funny Bone/DesMoines, IA
April 6 – 9 – Loony Bin/ Wichita, KA
April 12 – 16 – Comedy Cabana/ Myrtle Beach, SC
April 20 – 24 – Loony Bin/ Oklahoma City, OK

Watch Mike’s clips on Rooftop Comedy