Comedy Central is on a nationwide search for the next great stand-up comedian. “UP NEXT” starts at 26 participating CC: Certified Clubs around the country with over 200 stand up-comedians showcasing their best material — all part of a three-round talent showcase. Selected comedians representing each club will advance to one of four regional semi-finals between October 9-23, with eight comedians earning slots on the New York Comedy Festival’s “Comics to Watch” annual show on Wednesday, November 6. Both the regionals and “Comics to Watch” final round will be hosted by Jonah Ray (The Half Hour, Mash Up). Highlights from the finals will be posted on cc.com, and based on online voting a “Comics to Watch: Fan’s Pick” will be awarded $2500, a Comedy Central Records digital release, an appearance on a future Comedy Central series, and more.

The 26 clubs participating in the Preliminaries include:

Addison Improv – Addison, TX – 9/22
Brea Improv – Brea, CA – 9/4
Cap City – Austin, TX – 9/15
Carolines on Broadway – New York, NY – 9/11; 9/18
Chicago Improv – Chicago, IL – 9/11; 9/18
Cleveland Improv – Cleveland, OH – 9/18
Cobb’s Comedy Club – San Francisco, CA – 9/15
Denver Improv – Denver, CO – 9/18
Ft. Lauderdale Improv – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 9/11
Hartford Funny Bone – Hartford, CT – 9/4
Hollywood Improv – Hollywood, CA – 9/3; 9/12
Houston Improv – Houston, TX – 9/4
Irvine Improv – Irvine, CA – 9/11
Johnny D’s (in conjunction with The Wilbur Theatre) – Boston, MA – 9/6
Kansas City Improv – Kansas City, MO – 9/18
Levity Live – West Nyack, NY – 9/10
Ontario Improv – Ontario, CA – 9/9
Orlando Improv – Orlando, FL – 9/12
Palm Beach Improv – West Palm Beach, FL – 9/18
Pittsburgh Improv – Pittsburgh, PA – 9/11
Punch Line Sacramento – Sacramento, CA – 9/11
San Jose Improv – San Jose, CA – 9/3
Tampa Improv – Tampa, FL – 9/19
Tempe Improv – Tempe, AZ – 9/18
Virginia Beach Funny Bone – Virginia Beach, VA – 9/12
Zanie’s Comedy Showplace – Nashville, TN – 9/18

The 4 clubs participating in the Regionals include:

Chicago Improv – Chicago, IL – 10/9
Cobb’s Comedy Club San Francisco, CA – 10/16
Ft. Lauderdale Improv – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 10/23
The Wilbur Theatre – Boston, MA – 10/21
Carolines on Broadway to host the finals at the “Comics to Watch” Showcase:

Carolines on Broadway – New York, NY – 11/6

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