[04/26/11 - 08:19 AM]
Steve Martin, Martin Short, Seth Meyers, Ron White, Rodney Carrington and Jo Koy among Comedy Superstars Added to Spectacular Lineup for Third Annual Twix(R) Presents: "TBS Just for Laughs Chicago"
Martin and Short will perform on stage together in their special show "Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation."

[via press release from TBS]

Steve Martin, Martin Short, Seth Meyers, Ron White, Rodney Carrington and Jo Koy among Comedy Superstars Added to Spectacular Lineup for Third Annual TWIX(R) PRESENTS: TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO

Festival Extends to Sunday - June 14-19

Festival also Welcomes Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins For an Alternative Comedy Showcase Hosted by Demetri Martin

Steve Martin, Martin Short, Seth Meyers, Ron White, Rodney Carrington and Jo Koy are among the comedy heavyweights joining the spectacular lineup for the third annual edition of TWIX(R) PRESENTS: TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO. In addition, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins will perform as Demetri Martin's special guests (who are also comedians and friends of his).

Taking place June 14-19, the festival will be packed with a wide array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films guaranteed to keep Chicago in stitches in some of the city's best venues. In addition to the newly announced shows and talent, TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO will also feature previously announced comedy giants Louis C.K., George Lopez, Russell Peters, Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, Tim Minchin and Jim Jefferies, as well as The Anti-Social Network, the Chicago Theatre's opening show featuring Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr and host Jim Norton.

For the first time ever, two of the funniest Martins - Steve Martin and Martin Short - perform on stage together, taking to The Chicago Theatre for a historical event on June 19 with their special show Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation. Blue Collar Comedy Tour charter member Ron White and comedian/country singer Rodney Carrington will team up for an evening of good ol' boy comedy at the Rosemont Theatre on June 15. Seth Meyers, the current head writer of Saturday Night Live and anchor of the show's Weekend Update, will take the stage at The Vic on Saturday, June 18. Jo Koy, one of a select few comedians to have received a standing ovation after a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will perform a solo show at The Vic on June 15. Finally, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins will join Demetri Martin for the appropriately titled Demetri Martin & Special Guests, Who are Also Comedians and are Friends of His, slated for June 16 at The Chicago Theatre.

Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale April 30, with presale beginning April 29. In addition, TBS and Just For Laughs recently announced a second performance of Louis C.K. and Three Very Special Guests, on June 18 at 10:30 p.m. (CT), with tickets on sale now.

For the past two summers, the TBS and Just For Laughs comedy festival has been a landmark event for Chicago, which is home to a rich comedy heritage, from improv and sketch troupes to some of the most familiar names in the business. TBS and Just For Laughs are also working with one of the largest independent promoters in the United States, Chicago-based Jam Productions, LTD, as well as Outback Concerts.

Venue and Ticket Information

TWIX(R) PRESENTS: TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO will take place across 15 locations, including such high-profile Chicago venues as The Rosemont Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, Park West, The Vic Theatre and Lincoln Hall. Festival information is available at www.justforlaughschicago.com.

· Tickets for The Chicago Theatre and Rosemont Theatre are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

· Tickets for Park West, the Vic Theatre and Lincoln Hall are available at etix.com or by phone at 800-514-etix.

· Tickets for most festival events are also available at respective venue box offices. Lincoln Hall tickets are available at the Vic Theatre.

About Mars Chocolate North America and TWIX(R)

Mars Chocolate North America is the North American chocolate operations of Mars, Incorporated. Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate - M&M'S(R), SNICKERS(R), DOVE(R), GALAXY(R), MARS(R), MILKY WAY(R) and TWIX(R); Petcare - PEDIGREE(R), WHISKAS(R), SHEBA(R), CESAR(R), NUTRO(R), GREENIES(R), and ROYAL CANIN(R); Wrigley - ORBIT(R), EXTRA(R), STARBURST(R), DOUBLEMINT(R) and SKITTLES(R); Food - UNCLE BEN'S(R), DOLMIO(R), EBLY(R), MASTERFOODS(R) and SEEDS OF CHANGE(R); Drinks - KLIX(R) and FLAVIA(R); Symbioscience - WISDOM PANEL(TM), SERAMIS(R), CIRKUHEALTH(TM) and COCOAPRO(R). For more information, please visit www.mars.com TWIX(R), a Mars Chocolate brand, aims to make every moment of pause that much more enjoyable. Thanks to its crunchy cookie, chewy caramel, and creamy chocolate taste, your moments of pause are a little more fun, so you can truly "Pause Like You Mean It." For more information about TWIX(R), please visit TWIX.com.

About the Just For Laughs Group

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago); television production (most notably Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family Guy Live!); and talent management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival 29 years ago is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and in a dark alley at the end of the street.

About TBS

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network and is available in 100.8 million households. It serves as home to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.

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.

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