FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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MARCH COMEDY MADNESS: SPREADING ALL OVER LOS ANGELES
WHAT: 64+ comedians battle it out in brackets, going one-on-one in this 7th annual single elimination stand-up comedy tournament, March Comedy Madness: 64 Comedians, 1 Champion Inspired by the NCAA tourney, spanning to 5 Los Angeles clubs and featuring special guest national headliners, the Madness continues until 1 champion is crowned. Past Champions have found continued success, including Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Reese Waters (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), and Myq Kaplan (NBC’s Last Comic Standing)
Thurs., March 7, 10PM - Flappers Comedy Club Burbank
WHO: Hosted/Refereed by creator Josh Filipowski of Like2Laugh.com with 64+ competing comedians plus Specials Guests: 3/7 Rob O’Reilly (Comedy Central) & Dwayne Perkins (Conan), 3/14 Dan Ahdoot (The Tonight Show) & Mo Mandel (Chelsea Lately), 3/21 Rick Shapiro (Lucky Louie), 3/28 Nico Santos (Chelsea Lately) and more TBA! And YOU (the audience) decide the winners.
HOW: Come out. Buy Tickets $10-$15, plus 2 item minimum. Laugh and Cheer!
WHY: Get your dose of March Comedy Madness & support some of LA’s hottest comics and make some new favorite comedians as they battle it out in the brackets at an amazing show near you!
“Makes comedy fun again” -Jamar Neighbors, 2013 Finalist
“The Madness has proven fast-paced, loose and fun for comedians and audience alike. It’s not a contest - it’s Madness.” -LA Examiner
Yenser Reigns Supreme: 2012 March Comedy Madness Champ Crowned
HOLLYWOOD- LA’s March Comedy Madness 64 comedian tournament concluded marvelously yesterday at The Comedy Store with the crowning of this year’s champion Adam Yenser. With some all-star guests and a fun crowd ,the final four comedians performed head-to-head and audience vote determined the winners.
Donning his trusty referee jersey, Josh Filipowski opened the final show of the month-long event, warming up the crowd well and closing with applause after he tagged a failed joke with, “That is why I’m not in this contest.” Next, 2010 MCM finalist- Mike Lawrence, in town from New York for writing projects, performed his magic on the microphone. He played for the crowd, and against them, and back to them, toying with the entire concept of comedy and crushing while at it, especially for the on-looking comedians. He set the audience right up to keep showing love for the final four competitors about to follow.
Starting off the competition, Jamar Neighbors hit hard with his seemingly sporadic and spontaneous stories; delivering big laughs to defeat Dan Madonia who’s mellow methods didn’t grab the audience as shows past. “I can’t wait for the 4/20 Highlarious show,” Madonia mentioned off stage as a good sport knowing his crowd as Neighbors moved on to the championship round.
Adam Yenser and Bryan Dey battled on the other side of the brackets. Adam’s consistent hits and pace proved perfect in propelling him through to victory. Bryan Dey brought it too, charming the crowd with consistent laughs. The vote was close, but Yenser edged ahead.
Between the Final Four and Championship round, 2011 Champion Samba Schutte graced the stage and crushed with his complete comedy; showing off his multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-hilarious takes on the whacky world we live in where some horses have more movie credits than actors.
In the coin flip before tipping off the championship match, Jamar Neighbors elected to perform after Adam Yenser. Yenser opened strong and stayed solid all throughout with funny stories from his past like when he lived in New York and locksmith would leave a business card at his door every day. “It’d make a better ad if he left them inside on my pillow.” He was smooth like Steve Kerr in a 3 point contest. Draining 3 ball after 3 ball, the crowd was his.
Neighbors then led the crowd to big laughs with family stories and got topical with Trayvon Martin. “How do we know he didn’t steal those Skittles in his pocket?” He worked more like Kobe Bryant. Where is he going next? And swish he delivers. In the end, the perpetual punchlines and TNT tags of Yenser reigned supreme.
“His jokes are so well written! I can see why,” Neighbors said.
March Comedy Madness 2012 brought out 64 competing comedians, amazing special guests (Eliot Chang, Rob O’Reilly, Rick Shapiro, Justin Martindale and above mentioned), packed & pretty-packed houses and a month of maddeningly amazing stand-up. It was the 6th and another successful year of Madness for Josh Filipowski and Like 2 Laugh Productions (www.LIKE2LAUGH.com). As comedians mingled in the greenroom Neighbors added, “Thank you [Filipowski] for making comedy fun.”
The newly crowned champ Adam Yenser (www.AdamYenser.com) graciously accepted his title & check and acknowledged all his hardworking competitors. “It was a lot of fun and all the comedians were great especially Jamar Neighbors.”
He got more than money and bragging rights (you can tell he is not much of a bragger). “Winning $250 dulled the pain of not winning the $650 million in Mega Millions,” he quipped.
“I’m looking forward to that,” the champ said before heading home to work late, as the writing never ends. We are looking forward to more from Yenser.
MARCH COMEDY MADNESS 2012 LA In honor of the NCAACollege Basketball Tournament, 64 comedians go one-on-one in this comedy competition hosted and refereed by Josh Filipowski and www.LIKE2LAUGH.com. In each round, two comics perform standup head-to-head and the audience decides the winner! As the field is narrowed down, sets get longer and more hilarious, until the final two comics perform and a champ is crowned 2012 March Comedy Madness Champion.
HOLLYWOOD – Last night’s most riotous comedy show carried into this morning as the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds of March Comedy Madness at The Comedy Store left 4 standing. Dan Madonia, Jamar Neighbors, Bryan Dey and Adam Yenser all advanced in funny fashion to the Final Four which will take place next Friday, March 30th. Nail biters, some shockers, buzzer beaters, and joke-offs kept the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats and nearly out of them from laughter.
Referee, host and producer Josh Filipowski of Like 2 Laugh Productions tipped the show off, warming up the crowd before truly special guests Boom Shaka Laka in drag shocked and Crank Williams awed. Then the Sweet 16 took the stage with some close comedy competition. Adam Yenser power packed punchlines edged out Hanoch Serebrenik whacky charm in a 30 second joke-off after both having destroyed. Yenser’s superlative writing, impeccable timing and off the cuff callbacks carried him past maddening middle school math teacher –or- pot store clerk? Cornelius Peters in the following round.
Noteworthy New Yorker Joe Praino crushed with tales of late nights back in NY where his delivery guy was also his drug dealer. “Falafel with extra white sauce, huh? Extra white sauce?” He was followed by San Antonio transplant Bryan Dey who won the crowd over with his hilarious takes on the cute Mexican army and plenty more (see him for yourself next Friday). In a nail biting joke-off it appeared Praino had the bigger laugh, but the crowd held strong for Dey which propelled him through the Elite 8 where he continued to bring it, passing him on to the Final 4.
Around the other side of the brackets, the powerfully present what-will-she-say-next Faith Choyce fell to Brooklyn’s own Rome who got everybody wondering, “Where is Brooklyn really at? Seriously there is nobody there. They’re all out representing!” Rome’s Kingdom then fell to Jamar Neighbors who has been simply slaying his way through the Madness. Jamar’s tales have held true and his 30 second knack of knock-out joke-offs left the Belly Room belly aching.
The last puzzle piece brought us the battles of Madonia - Fager and then Madonia - Singleton. First round Doug Fager had the audience in his hand and slipped out of bounds with his final joke. Audience, uncomfortable from AIDS, was eager for a laugh and Dan Madonia granted more than one. His stony demeanor and awesomely funny attitude towards drugs and life, and doing drugs with him in your life, led to laughter and applause and a victory which continued past Jessica Michelle Singleton in the Elite 8. JMS had rushed over from Brea IMPROV where she had hosted for Bobby Lee. Unfortunately that rush seemed apparent as she raced the clock. Her outrageous flagrant attack on Adele and fat friends had everybody wanting more time for her to truly let lose and do her thing. Her rattling jokes-per-minute style was no match for the chill easygoing holy-shit-that-was-funny Madonia.
To break up the 16 and 8 rounds the Belly Room of The Comedy Store was blessed from right off the screen of Project X. Rick Shapiro brought on huge guffaws as he fired his fierce stream-of-conscious off the wall comedy. Get this man his own Comedy Central Presents already. And for the winner of the tourney TOO, to be determined by YOU, the audience, next Friday as the Final 4 and Championship alley-oop slam dunk in-your-face March Comedy Madness 2012 Champion is crowned.
MARCH COMEDY MADNESS 2012 LA In honor of the NCAACollege Basketball Tournament, 64 comedians go one-on-one in this comedy competition hosted and refereed by Josh Filipowski and www.LIKE2LAUGH.com. In each round, two comics perform standup head-to-head and the audience decides the winner! As the field is narrowed down, sets get longer and more hilarious, until the final two comics perform and a champ is crowned 2012 March Comedy Madness Champion winning headshot’s by www.ThatHeadshotGuy.com, acting classes from www.NewBritishSchool.com, feature spot at La Jolla Comedy Store and more, CA$H, fame, glory and thus and such!
CALLiNG ALL COMEDiANS Video submissions are being accepted for March Comedy Madness 2012! + LA Live audition FRI 2/10 3-7PM
Proudly announcing this year’s March Comedy Madness will take place
on Long Island at The Brokerage & Governor’s Comedy Clubs AND in Hollywood at The World Famous Comedy Store!
NEW YORK: Our 6th year in New York is a slam dunk- Whether you’re a Long Island comic or a NYC comic looking to break into clubs in your backyard, this is a fantastically fun show to be a part of- not to mention the comedic social event of the year, hosted by Bryan Kennedy. Past winners have received cash prizes, a Mark Manne headshot package (http://www.markmanne.com/), 3 paid weekends opening for headliners at each of the Governor’s Clubs: Governor’s in Levittown, The Brokerage in Bellmore & McGuires in Bohemia, as well as other great prizes!
LOS ANGELES: The Madness continues it’s 2nd year out West as LA comedians and audiences get a big shot at this bracketed tourney hosted by Josh Filipowski. This bring-the-funny-fast competition will leave ‘em laughing madly! Past winners received a cash prize, a Gijs van der Most headshot package (http://www.thatheadshotguy.com/), a Nathaniel Wood photo session (http://nathanielwood.com/), Newbritishschool.com acting and GregDean.com comedy classes, spots at LA’s top comedy clubs and shows and more!
TO AUDITION LIVE: Additionally The Comedy Store Hollywood open-call audition is Friday, February 10th, 3-7pm
DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted now through Friday, February 17th.
ABOUT MARCH COMEDY MADNESS: In honor of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, 64 comedians will go one-on-one in the 6th annual March Comedy Madness; a single elimination comedy competition. In the first round, two comedians will perform their best minute of standup head-to-head and then the audience, by applause, will decide the winner. As the field is narrowed down, the sets will get longer and more hilarious, until the final two comics each perform 10 minute sets to crown the 2012 March Comedy Madness Champion!
"The Madness has proven fast-paced, loose and fun for comedians and audience alike. It’s not a contest - it’s Madness" -LA Examiner
"A rapid-fire competition modeled after the NCAA tourney" -New York Post
"Comedians walked on stage and delivered their best material." -The New York Times
"In first round, contestants have one minute to slam their comedy hammer down." -Time Out New York
"Filipowski brings respectability back to comedy competitions." -STAGE TIME Magazine
The shows will be hosted and refereed by co-creators/producers Bryan Kennedy in NY and Josh Filipowski, Like2laugh.com founder, in LA. Past winners include: Julian McCullough (Comedy Central “Presents”), Reese Waters (“The Daily Line” on Verses), Myq Kaplan (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), Sam Morril (Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch”) and our 2011 winners Samba Schutte and Pat O’Rourke!
*DATES & LOCATIONS: NEW YORK: FRIDAYS MARCH 9th, 16th, 23rd @ 10:30 PM The Brokerage Comedy Club 2797 Merrick Road Bellmore, NY 11710 FRIDAY MARCH 30th @ 10:30 PM - FINAL FOUR AND CHAMPIONSHIP Governor’s Comedy Club 90 Division Avenue Levittown, NY 11756
LOS ANGELES: FRIDAYS MARCH 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th @ 10PM The Comedy Store 8433 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90069
Get ready for college bowl season! GO BIG TEN! (all times EST)
Dec. 27, 4:30 pm - Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Purdue vs. Western Michigan- Detroit ESPN Dec. 30, 10 pm - Insight Bowl Iowa vs. Oklahoma- Tempe, AZ ESPN Dec. 31, 12 pm - Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl Northwestern vs. Texas A&M- Houston, ESPN Dec. 31, 3:30 pm - Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Illinois vs. UCLA- San Francisco, ESPN Jan. 2, 12 pm - TicketCity Bowl Penn State vs. Houston- Dallas, ESPNU Jan. 2, 1 pm - Outback Bowl Michigan State vs. GeorgiaTampa- FL, ABC Jan. 2, 1 pm - Capital One Bowl Nebraska vs. South Carolina- Orlando, ESPN Jan. 2, 1 pm - Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Ohio State vs. Florida- Jacksonville, FL, ESPN2 Jan. 2, 5 pm - Rose Bowl Wisconsin vs. Oregon- Pasadena, CA, ESPN Jan. 3, 8:30 pm - Allstate Sugar Bowl Michigan vs. Virginia Tech- New Orleans, ESPN
You need to be there or you’d be somewhere else. And if you don’t need to be there, then get off the goddamn stage. And by “need” I don’t mean because you couldn’t get booked somewhere “better” that night or because you have this new bit you’re trying to work out. I mean need like in your heart and soul and body, like you need air and love and your iPhone.
* Unless that’s part of your act/persona, then it’s hilarious
Hollywood, California L2L FRIDAYS at The Comedy Store 8433 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069 (between La Cienega Blvd & Sweetzer Ave), 323.650.6268. In the Belly Room! 21+/ID required. 2 drink min. For reservations email RSVP@like2laugh.com or call 206-424-3498.
Fridays, Beginning JULY 29TH, 8PM - JACKPOT-» In a world of FREE stand-up shows and empty wallets, JACKPOT one-ups and pays the audience. A raffle is held to benefit the hard working hilarious Like2Laugh comedians while the crowd wins the prizes. Sizzling-up-the-scene albeit broke comedians Josh Filipowski, Ed Greer, Joe Praino, Andy Ruther and Candice Thompson showcase plus a new national headliner each week. Buy a few tickets, have a few drinks, laugh and win. -Unlimited $5 Raffle tickets!
Friday, JULY 29TH, 10PM - GOOD COP, BAD COMIC-» You have the right to remain funny! Comedians recount their getting arrested and police officers are in FREE. -Unlimited $5 Raffle tickets to benefit The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation! www.lapmf.org! $5 or Flash your badge.
Friday, AUGUST 5TH, 10PM - PAID -OR- PAIN?-» Tired of being tortured by bad comedy? NOW, comedians join forces with burlesque dancers and a dominatrix. Comics perform & the audience decides; will they be PAID in cash or administered PAIN by a dominatrix? PAID or PAIN: a sociological comedy experiment.
Hosted by Josh Filipowski & a Dominatrix! Burlesque by TBA! Stand-Up by Alex Hooper, Hilary Schwartz and more (wanna perform? booking@like2laugh)! $10 in advance online/$15 at door.
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AN EVENING OF COMEDY, MUSIC AND MAGIC LIKE NO OTHER!
Don’t miss RAY ROMANO LIVE, an evening of stand-up, music and magic featuring Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. The evening will be hosted by Reprise Artistic Director Jason Alexander and will feature pianist Todd Schroeder and comedian/magician Dana Daniels and his psychic parrot Luigi.