Make Me Laugh stand up comedy contest is looking for the funniest comedians in Las Vegas to join an X-Country Comedy Tour. The contest, which takes place over two rounds in March has already found talent in seven major cities. Each city crowns it’s own champion and offers comedy opportunities that extend for years (Pictured: Andrew Frank).
In 2015 Make Me Laugh held rounds in San Francisco CA, Denver CO, St. Louis MO, Anchorage AK and Albany NY. The Winner in each city joined the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour through 42 shows in 42 days. The contest takes into account online submissions, live auditions, and then breaks the talent into Semi Final and Finals rounds. The top three contestants from the Semi Finals make it to the Finals, with one overall winner being chosen. That winner receives complimentary head shots, business cards, local interviews and the opportunity to join the tour.
Celebrity Judges come on to make the determination in each city. In Las Vegas judges will be Make Me Laugh Founder, Comedian Dan Frigolette, who’s been seen on HBO, FX, and MTV, Make Me Laugh St. Louis’ Previous Winner Andrew Frank, San Diego Comedy Festival Comedian, Sonya Vai, and KTNV-TV’s Darcy Spears.
The final judges is always the audience, weighing in with their laughter and applause. All the shows are of course open to the public.
“This is our first time in Las Vegas, we really hope to reach the comedy community here”, says Frigolette, “we’ve heard amazing things.” The goal of the contest according to Frigolette is to “encourage comedy at all levels.” Frigolette started his comedy career in Syracuse NY where there was but one comedy club. “Comedy is often the first thing to go in the art community and we want to pump some energy back into the scene everywhere we go” he says.
The semi finals will take place at Boomers on March 29th at 8pm, with the top contestants being asked to return on March 30th at Hard Hat Lounge for the Finals at 8pm. The one winner will then perform a later show at the Jefferson Ballroom with the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret comedians, Dan Frigolette, Andrew Frank, and Sonya Vai, from the San Diego Comedy Festival.
Prospective performers may submit a 4-6 minute video online with a small processing fee at www.LaughUSA.org. Those who submit online have the opportunity to head straight to the Finals. Those who participate in the Semi Finals can still be passed to the Finals, but they will have to be present at multiple shows over multiple days. “The online submission is designed to confirm finalist, and push the funniest folks to the head of the line” says Frigolette.
The Winner will also receive stage time at the Hoboken Comedy Festival, the NJFunnyfest and will submit their schedule for performances throughout the rest of 2016 and 2017.
For more information and to submit please visit: www.LaughUSA.org
Make Me Laugh Las Vegas
March 29th 2016
3200 W Sirius Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
March 30th 2016
1675 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Come root on your favorite local acts throughout the contest. With special guest comedians from the area and celebrity judges: Dan Frigolette from HBO, FX and MTV, Sonya Vai from San Diego Comedy Festival, Darcy Spears from KTNV-TV, and last year St Louis Winner Andrew Frank.
Boomers LV | 3200 W Sirius Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
HardHat Lounge |1675 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Winner gets the opportunity to join the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour
- 3/28-Boulder City NV Backstop Sports Pub 9pm
- 3/29 Las Vegas NV Boomers 8pm
- 3/30 Las Vegas NV Hard Hat Lounge 8pm
- 4/2 Phoenix AZ Arizona Event Center 8pm
- 4/3 Flagstaff AZ The Hive 6pm, 8pm
- 4/4 Albuquerque NM Aux Dog Theatre 8pm
- 4/5 Albuquerque NM The Effex Nightclub 9pm
- 4/6 Dallas TX Opening Bell Coffee 8pm
- 4/7 Oklahoma City OK 51st Speakeasy 8pm FREE
- 4/8 Oklahoma City OK Othello’s 10pm
- 4/9 Oklahoma City OK Civic Center Music Hall 7pm, 9pm
- 4/10 Tulsa OK Tusla Shrine 7pm
- 4/11 Festus MO Taytro’s Bisto 9pm
- 4/13 Springfield MO 425 Downtown 8pm
- 4/15 St Louis MO Blueberry Hill 8pm
- 4/16 St Louis MO Jefferson Ballroom 7pm, 9pm
- 4/17 Chicago IL Reggie’s Live 7pm
- 4/18 Indianapolis IN Morty’s Comedy Joint 8pm
- 4/19 Cincinnati OH Legends Nightclub 8pm
- 4/20 Columbus OH Strongwater 8pm
- 4/21 Cleveland OH Wilbert’s 8pm
- 4/22 Rochester NY Bosco’s 8pm
- 4/23 Glens Falls NY Glens Falls Civic Center 8pm