November 7, 2008

Comedy Giants to Judge Stand-Up Acts for Butterfinger Comedy Showdown at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory

GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Butterfinger is sponsoring the 1st annual Comedy Showdown on Wednesday, November 12th at 8pm at the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA. The event will feature the two finalists from vying to win the coveted "Big Shot" award and a chance to launch their stand-up career.

For the past two months, Butterfinger has searched the country for up-and-coming stand-up comedians. Contestants uploaded a one minute video of their best stand-up routine online at Comedy giants Dave Hill, Wendy Liebman, Adam Williamson, Adrian Kulp, Jamie Masada, and Bruce Hills judged the first-round of submissions and whittled it down to the top five. The online public voted for their top two favorites who will be performing at the Comedy Showdown at the Laugh Factory on the 12th.


Andy Woodhull (Chicago, IL) has been doing stand-up for six years. He was a finalist in the Las Vegas comedy festival in 2004 and won the Carnival Comedy Showdown in Chicago in 2005. He got his start in Geology class during an oral presentation on plate tectonics. Having realized he cared more about making his classmates laugh than getting a good grade, he found his calling. Andy has been performing comedy across the Midwest, winning over audiences with stories of college and growing up in Indiana. Just last month, he released a CD of his stand-up comedy titled, "Sounds from the Rain Forest," available on iTunes.

Ronnie Khalil (Hollywood, CA) is a stand-up comic from Miami, now living in L.A. Named to Comedy Central's "The Watch List," he has appeared on sketches for Conan O'Brien, Discovery Channel, CNN, ABC News, BBC and NPR. Ronnie has written for, filmed for A&E's "15 Films," and Discovery Channel's "Twisted History." In addition to stand-up, he has studied improv and appeared off-Broadway.

Both Butterfinger Comedy Showdown finalists will be flown to Hollywood to vie for the Grand Prize live on stage at the Laugh Factory. The finalists will each perform a five minute routine in front of six celebrity judges from the world of comedy, Dave Hill, Wendy Liebman, Adam Williamson, Adrian Kulp, Jamie Masada, and Bruce Hills. Following the Butterfinger Comedy Showdown, the audience will be entertained by the comedic talents of Jon Lovitz and Ashley Hamilton, son of funny man George Hamilton.


The grand prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of: Arranged performance at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal; hotel, transportation and airfare to and from; coaching from a professional comedian; counsel from a comedy business manager; and PR support throughout the Butterfinger Comedy Showdown finals.

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The world famous Laugh Factory is owned by Jamie Masada, who opened his club on the Sunset Strip in 1979 and it remains one of the top destinations for up-and-coming comedians.

Comedians who got their start at the Laugh Factory Hollywood include Jamie Foxx, Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Carrey. Other comedy superstars who have performed at the world famous venue include: Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld, Damon Wayans, Paul Rodriguez, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Kathy Griffin, Nick Cannon, and Roseanne Barr.


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