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Last week, the four finalists in CMT’s Next Big Comic (namely Lance Weiss, Chris Pennie, Andy Beningo, and Adam Norwest) performed at the legendary Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Hundreds of people came out to see these guys at the sold-out event and they did great. Rooftop was there to film the whole thing and we’ll be posting clips from the show soon (stay tuned). In the meantime, we’re in the home stretch of the contest and these comics need your votes! Watch each of them make their case for why they deserve the title of Next Big Comic. We’ll announce the big winner on March 12. In the meantime, vote early & often. Let us know who has your vote in the comments and on Twitter (#NextBigComic).

Andy Beningo

Lance Weiss

Adam Norwest

Chris Pennie


In the newest episode of our original series, Crashing the Marketour esteemed host Mariah Castle brings us up to speed on the ridiculous business headlines you may have missed. This week, an Apple imitator gets shut down (Siri cannot cook your dinner–yet), a German pork company takes the consumer-product relationship to the next level, and Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt won’t be going to that Taylor Swift concert with you. Watch this week’s episode on MSN and stay tuned for more Crashing the Market.

Video: Crashing the Market: March 2nd, 2012


The third annual Magners Comedy Festival is upon us! If you’re in the Boston area, you must check out these great comedy shows, starting tonight and going through Sunday. Marc Maron will be in town performing and recording a live episode of his WTF podcast. Colin Quinn will perform his popular one-man show, Long Story Short. Rounding out the packed weekend is a ton of stand-up shows, including the Comic Stand-Off. You voted on Facebook and now these 10 comics are heading to Boston to face off against each other:

Trenton Davis

Linda Aarons

Kat Radley

Will Noonan

Lance Weiss

Matt D

Erik Levi

Brian Mitchell

Sean Wilkinson

Raj Sivaraman

The semi-final rounds get underway tomorrow night at Nick’s Comedy Stop (TICKETS) and continue Friday night at Mottley’s (TICKETS). Local celebrity judges will decide who moves on to the final showdown at Nick’s Comedy Stop on Friday, Jan 27 (TICKETS). Come support these comics and treat yourself to what is sure to be a great weekend of comedy.

Semi-Final Round 1

Thursday, Jan 26, 8:30pm, Nick’s Comedy Stop

Semi-Final Round 2

Friday, Jan 27, 8pm, Mottley’s

Final Round

Saturday, Jan 28, 8:30pm, Nick’s Comedy Stop

Be sure to keep up with all the Magners Comedy action on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets for most shows are still available, but they’re going fast.


Dana Gould made a stop at Jimmy Kimmel Live and we’re awfully glad he did. Dana killed it with a great set, taking some time to muse on feathers as hair accessories and Stephen Hawking as an inspiration to schlubby Joe Shmoe’s everywhere–naturally. Definitely worth a few minutes of your afternoon. Be sure to follow Dana on Twitter (@DanaJGould) and see him live at SF Sketchfest and regular shows all around LA. Nice job Dana!

Tommy Johnagin Does @TeamCoco

Longtime Rooftop favorite Tommy Johnagin performed on Conan last night. He discusses a boyhood visit to the OBGYN, dating an older woman, the joys of red wine, and more!
You can catch Tommy live November 17th- 19th at the Comedy Club on State in Madison, Wisconsin. In the meantime, watch the clip!

Watch more clips from Tommy on Rooftop


We’re very happy to announce that submissions are open for third annual Magners Comedy Festival. Comics can submit their best 1-3 min worth of material (Oct 28th deadline) to compete in a series of voting rounds and the best 10 contestants will advance to face off at the festival in Boston. The top comic wins a trip to perform at the 2012 Glasgow International Comedy Festival! Visit our submissions page for contest rules and requirements. Good luck!

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

Follow Andres on Twitter


It was 1975, and comedian Jose Simon had a dream. Barbra Streisand did it. A number of rock ‘n’ roll bands had done it, too. Even the symphony gave it a go. Free outdoor concerts were becoming more commonplace in music. So, why not one featuring comedians? A free outdoor performance in The City that is considered the cradle of civilization for comedy would be a great way for local comedians to say thank you to their fans.

It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 600 of the world’s funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for over a half-million people at the original outdoor comedy concert, Comedy Day. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past few years, has found a home in Sharon Meadow.

San Francisco’s professional comedy community joins together each year to produce the five-hour show. The Punch Line, Cobb’s Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, Rooster T. Feathers and Comedy Day each contribute their favorite comedians to produce a highly entertaining, five-hour set.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
12PM – 5PM
Sharon Meadow • Golden Gate Park • San Francisco
Get directions

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)


Tonight at Rooftop’s partner club, Go Bananas, some of Cincinnati’s finest funny people come together for a night of hilarious short films. This year marks the fourth “Flip Your Clip” festival and showcases original short films from Mike Shelton, MC Mr. Napkins, Ryan Singer (PICTURED), and many more. Check out the full line-up of films and filmmakers.