Comedy Central's UP NEXT Talent Search Comes to Cobb's Comedy Club, 9/15
Comedy Central, Cobb's Comedy Club
This fall, COMEDY CENTRAL is looking for the best new stand-up talent in the country including the Bay Area by holding "Up Next" A CC: Certified Talent Search through the network's Certified Clubs program. "Up Next" A CC: Certified Talent Search will consist of comedians performing in preliminary local showcases hosted by Cobb's Comedy Club and 25 other participating Certified Clubs from September 3-23. The preliminary showcase for Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco will take place on Sunday, September 15, 7:30pm.
Jonah Ray will be the MC for the four regional showcases with 30+ semi-finalists from October 9-23 as well as the finals featuring eight comedians to appear at The New York Comedy Festival's annual "Comics to Watch" show on Wednesday, November 6 at Carolines on Broadway. The final round will be recorded to air on COMEDY CENTRAL Radio on SiriusXM channel 95 and on cc.com/upnext.
"By empowering the 'COMEDY CENTRAL Certified Clubs' initiative on a local level with the Bay Area through a national talent search, the results yield a greater relationship with Cobb's Comedy Club. This is another excellent opportunity for Cobb's Comedy Club as an active participant of the 'Certified Clubs' program," said Mitch Fried, Executive Vice President, COMEDY CENTRAL Enterprises.
The selection process for the comedians in the 26 preliminary local showcases and the four regional semi-final showcases is a collaborative effort between COMEDY CENTRAL and the club management who will work closely together to identify the best new stand-up comedians.
There will be two winners chosen from each regional showcase (8 total) who will be flown to perform at The New York Comedy Festival's annual "Comics to Watch" show on Wednesday, November 6. Each performance will be shot and recorded live to tape which will air on COMEDY CENTRAL Radio on SiriusXM channel 95 and on cc.com/upnext during November 11-15. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the "UP NEXT Fan's Choice" on cc.com with the winner to be announced on COMEDY CENTRAL in November 2013.
The grand prize winner will receive the following: a performance in an upcoming COMEDY CENTRAL college tour; guest DJ on COMEDY CENTRAL's SiriusXM channel 95 (includes airing of their winning performance); inclusion on cc.com/standup and CC: Stand-Up App; a COMEDY CENTRAL Records digital release; $2500 cash; and an appearance on a future COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up series (TBD).
Jonah Ray co-hosts with comedian Kumail Nanjiani The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail which takes place in the back of Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. In June, COMEDY CENTRAL announced it has ordered the new stand-up series by the duo. Hosted by Ray and Nanjiani, each episode of "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," as developed for COMEDY CENTRAL, will feature some of the hottest stand-up comedians performing onstage and go behind-the-scenes with them as they hang out in the greenroom with a veritable who's who from the comedy scene. In addition, Ray is one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of The Nerdist Podcast which airs on BBC America. His half-hour stand-up special, COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Half Hour" series aired in May 2013.