TBS Lines Up More than 25 Comics for LOL Lounge and Brings Excitement of THE COMEDY FESTIVAL Live Online for the First Time Ever
Unprecedented Online Coverage of Event to Utilize Cutting-Edge Technology, Allowing Users to Interact with Web Show Hosts and Comics
THE COMEDY FESTIVAL, a Co-Production with AEG Live, Returns to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for Fourth Year Thursday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 22
TBS has tapped more than 25 emerging and established comic talents to perform in the network's LOL Lounge, a specially designed comedy club being set up in Caesars Palace's Emperors Ballroom during THE COMEDY FESTIVAL in Las Vegas. An outstanding roster of comedians (complete list attached) will take the stage each night of the festival, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PT). Unlike other events during THE COMEDY FESTIVAL, the LOL Lounge performances will be free to the public, with no tickets required.
This year, for the first time ever, the excitement of THE COMEDY FESTIVAL will be just one mouse click away. TBS's thecomedyfestival.com Web site will utilize cutting-edge technology to give fans the opportunity to choose from four simultaneous video streams direct from the event:
� The LOL Lounge stream will give users a front-row seat to the more than 25 performances set to take place in the comedy club.
� Backstage at the LOL Lounge will take viewers behind-the-scenes for interviews with the LOL Lounge comedians and a chance to catch them with their hair down.
� The Web Show, hosted by Janet Varney (TBS's Dinner & a Movie) and Ian Bagg (The Ian Bagg Show), will head out onto the casino floor for interviews, background, interesting tidbits and lots of fun. The Web Show section will also feature a chat function to allow users to submit questions for interviews, as well as chat with the hosts and each other.
� Greatest Hits is a video stream of fantastic performances from past editions of the annual Vegas event, as well as other TBS comedy hits.
The technology that allows for the four simultaneous live streams got a high-profile tryout earlier this year by TBS's sister network TNT. During the NBA Western Conference Finals, TNT OverTime NBA Playoffs on NBA.com provided feeds from four different arena cameras for all of the games during the series.
Now in its fourth year, THE COMEDY FESTIVAL, a co-production with AEG Live, is a three-day event taking place Nov. 20-22 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The extensive lineup for the event includes such previously announced performers as Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Rivers, Dane Cook, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Jeff Dunham, Dave Attell, Jamie Kennedy, Mike Epps, David Alan Grier, The Kids in the Hall, Russell Peters, Kate Clinton, Jim Breuer, Andrew Dice Clay, Jim Norton and John Oliver. TBS will televise several programs from THE COMEDY FESTIVAL, including the variety special Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show, presented by DeGeneres; LAFFAPALOOZA!, an evening of performances by top comedians hosted by Morgan; and Cheech & Chong: Roasted, a celebrity-filled skewering of the legendary comedy duo. (A complete list of the previously announced acts is available at thecomedyfestival.com.)
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for individual shows and packages online at thecomedyfestival.com, by phone at (877) TCF-FEST or in person at the box office at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Exclusive VIP packages are available online or by calling The Colosseum box office at (702) 866-1409. Hotel information can be found at www.caesarspalace.com, while additional festival information and schedule updates is available at thecomedyfestival.com.
The LOL Lounge
The Emperors Ballroom at Caesars Palace
Three talented and well-known comics will serve as hosts of TBS's LOL Lounge. Comedian Jeff Garcia will handle hosting duties Thursday, Nov. 20, while Pete Correale will host Friday, Nov. 21, and Tammy Pescatelli will take over as host Saturday, Nov. 22. The three hosts will also be delivering their own comedy acts.
The following is a complete list of the hosts and comedians set to perform in the LOL Lounge:
Jeff Garcia, who got his comedy start at the young age of 15, uses hard-edged characters and street-smart stories in his versatile performance.
Credits: Loco Slam, Friday Night Videos, Vibe with Sinbad, Funny is Funny, Latino Laugh Festival.
Pete Correale is a Long Island-born comedian who co-hosts Breuer Unleashed, with Jim Breuer, on Sirius Satellite Radio's Raw Dog Comedy channel.
Credits: MTV Super Bowl Special, The World Stands Up, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Shorties Watching Shorties, Premium Blend, performing for troops returning from Iraq on the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier, performing at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Comedy Festival.
Tammy Pescatelli is one of the funniest comedians working today. She has performed in comedy clubs all over the United States and recently made her mark in the feature world with the indie Everybody Wants To Be Italian.
Credits: Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Last Call with Carson Daly.
Ian Bagg is a Canadian-born comedian who describes his act as "controlled chaos."
Credits: The Ian Bagg Show, Comedy Central Presents Ian Bagg, A Comic's Climb with Ian Bagg, MVP II, MVP III.
Matt Braunger is a founding member of The Seaning improv group and has played several major comedy clubs in Los Angeles.
Credits: MADtv, Pushing Daisies, iCarly.
Whitney Cummings is a comedian, actress and writer who has co-starred in films such as Made of Honor and Tell Me You Love Me and penned jokes for the Comedy Central Roasts of Flava Flav and Bob Saget, as well as various pilots and award shows.
Credits: Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy All-Stars, Comics Unleashed, co-host of The Tony Rock Project.
Jim David, known as the "Mouth of the South," has performed his outrageous and biting comedy across the country.
Credits: Comedy Central Presents Jim David, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Out on the Edge, Comedy Central's USO Tour, The View, CDs Eat Here and Get Gas and Live from Jimville, one-man show South Pathetic, three-time winner of the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets Award for Outstanding Comedian, writes regularly for HuffingtonPost.com.
Dana Eagle is a petite, self-deprecating and off-beat misfit who says her humor allows others to embrace their feelings of inadequacy and celebrate their own "geekdom."
Credits: E! Entertainment, Comics Unleashed, Premium Blend, Bud Light Ladies of Laughter's Best New Comedian, creator and star of Mood Disorders: A Light-Hearted Romp through Crippling Depression, host of Oxygen's Girls On.
Bret Ernst can be seen headlining at top clubs across the country and received rave reviews for his performance in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.
Credits: Comedy Without Borders, Premium Blend, The Late Late Show, Showtime's Weeds.
Kirk Fox is an actor and comedian who put his tennis talents to use co-writing and starring in the movie Tennis Anyone?
Credits: Comedy Central Presents Kirk Fox, Live at Gotham.
Don Friesen's comedy is a fresh, frenetic, self-deprecating skewer of his life as a suburban husband and father of two.
Credits: Two-time winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Martin Short Show, Comics Unleashed.
Ron G., "The R&B Comedian," is blazing a trail through the comedy circuit with a style he describes as "down to earth with an urban flare."
Credits: Winner of 2005 Sierra Mist Late Night Laugh Off, national spokesperson for Checker's and Rally's.
Eddie Gossling is known for his absurd humor and his outstanding vocal characterizations.
Credits: Comedy Central Presents Eddie Gossling, Walt Disney's The Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CDs Fresh Brewed Eddie and Eddie Gossling Live at the DC Improv.
Brian Haner, known as "Guitar Guy," is a highly talented musician who, two years ago, decided to combine his music and comedy talents into an amazing new career.
Credits: CDs Songs to Make Love To and Cougar Bait, currently touring with Jeff Dunham.
Robert Hawkins has made a name for himself as a comedian, actor and writer for the acclaimed series Titus.
Credits: Comedy Central Presents Robert Hawkins, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bob and Tom Show.
Gayla Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles. She uses her performance as an expression of ethnic diversity and performs at major clubs across the country.
Credits: Brothers and Sisters, Comics Unleashed, Comic View.
Jesse Joyce has performed in 13 countries on four continents, from Iraq to Malaysia.
Credits: Live at Gotham, Date Night, writer for Comedy Central's Roasts of Bob Saget and Flava Flav, star of the upcoming feature film Stags.
Kristen Key, one of the youngest headliners working on the road today, is known as "The Preacher's Kid Gone Wild."
Credits: Last Comic Standing, The Bob and Tom Show, The Preacher's Kid Gone Wild (CD) and Buckle Up (CD).
Simon King mixes high-energy, physical, intelligent and often edgy comedy with impersonations and exceptional vocal characterizations.
Credits: U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Yuk Yuk's International Stand-Up Comedy.
Veronica Mosey delivers fiery performances laced with her unapologetically strong opinions.
Credits: Comedy Central appearances, The Dr. Phil Show, US Weekly's "Fashion Police" and named one of the Five Comics to Watch by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Tim O'Rourke draws upon his blue-collar roots for his high-energy, cutting-edge comedy sets.
Credits: The Drew Carey Show, Family Guy, Nickelodeon's Fairly Odd-Parents, Comic Strip Live, Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Heavyweights of Comedy.
Karen Rontowski is known as a "Baby Boomer Hippie" and claims Gracie Allen as her primary influence.
Credits: Live at Gotham, Comics Unleashed, Return to Sender, opening for Bob Hope and Ray Charles.
Carl Rimi's ability to deliver intellectual humor and physical comedy at lightning speed turns the mundane into the insane.
Credits: Appearances on Comedy Central and ABC.
Ken Rogerson has been called "the funniest man you've never heard of." A central component in Boston's exploding comedy scene in the 1980s, Rogerson performs a routine that is "sharp enough to cut the head off a rabbit at 30 yards."
Credits: The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Sunday Funnies, Rescue Me, It's All Relative, Fever Pitch, There's Something about Mary.
Malik S. is a fresh comedic talent who has toured with the best in the business, including D.L. Hughley and Dave Chappelle.
Credits: Bad Boyz of Comedy, Live at Gotham, Last Comic Standing, Comic View, Blood Line.
Dwight Slade is not only funny, but also thought-provoking. He has been billed as "The Northwest's Most Dangerous Mind," known for his high energy and sharp wit he honed while being a talk-radio fixture in Portland, Ore.
Credits: Winner of 2008 Boston Comedy Festival, Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed, Friends of Bob and Tom, five-star review at Edinburgh Film Festival, telefilms Inconceivable and My Way Home, CDs Weird State and Shut-Up.
Paul Varghese is one of the fastest-rising young comics touring North America today. Named by the Dallas Observer as the "Best Stand-up comic in Dallas," Paul explores a wide array of topics including, but not limited to, his Indian heritage.
Credits: Last Comic Standing, Live at Gotham and Loco Comedy.
Laz Viciedo hails from North Bergen, N.J., and was inspired to do standup after he played Freddie Prinze in the play Great Comedians of Color. Credits: Appearances on Fox, Court TV and Telemundo; performances in comedy clubs all over California; winner of the 2007 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Award for his performance in the film Rewind.
Johnny Walker blends traditional standup comedy with parodies and original songs.
Credits: Laugh Factory, Hollywood Improv, Boys Behaving Badly, Breaking Up with Shannen.
In addition to the extensive list of comedians, the comic musical duo TASTiSKANK will perform in the LOL Lounge Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22. Billed as the "rockin' love child of Tenacious D and the Indigo Girls," TASTiSKANK comprises Sarah Litzsinger and Kate Reinders. They recently performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and won the Jury Award for Breakout Performance of 2007. The pair was also voted among the "Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers" by the New York Post. *
About THE COMEDY FESTIVAL
With more than 70 performances and events over a three-day period, THE COMEDY FESTIVAL's goal is to bring together the biggest names and cutting-edge comedy talent in a broad range of programming, from star-level performances and special events to stand-up and sketch comedy. TBS presented three prime-time specials from last year's edition of THE COMEDY FESTIVAL, including Ellen's Really Big Show, Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation and Frank Caliendo: All Over the Place. In addition, last year's event featured performances by Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Past television highlights include a 2006 airing of the 20th anniversary of Comic Relief, starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams; A Salute to the Troops and USO, with special guests Kid Rock and Carmen Electra; and 2005's Earth to America, with Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Larry David, Steve Martin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
About Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace is the world's best known resort-casino, celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is adding a $1 billion expansion with the new Octavius Tower, a larger pool area and more meeting space to open in mid-2009. The property ranks among the world's top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,348 hotel guest rooms and suites, 24 unique restaurants and cafes, 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, the 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 240,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights renowned headliner entertainers such as Bette Midler, Cher, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld. The magnificent theatre sits just steps away from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars. More information is available at caesarspalace.com or by calling (702) 731-7110 or (800) 634-6001. Journalists can download information and photos at media.harrahs.com.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. One of the largest concert promotion and touring companies in the world, AEG Live is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions and operates and owns numerous state of the art venues nationwide. Current AEG Live tours and productions include Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On and Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; and Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, an international tour of the artifacts of King Tut. Recent and current promoted concert tours include Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Bon Jovi, Hannah Montana, Spice Girls, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney and American Idols Live. AEG Live also co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Goldenvoice, the company's southern California-based regional promotion division, created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Additional information is available at www.aeglive.com.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, My Name is Earl, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, such as The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and Just For Laughs: A "Very Funny" Festival in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.