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More Than Roast: Friars Club Improv & Sketch Competition

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The Friars Club of New York has long been known as a hallowed hall for laughs. Their roasts, televised on Comedy Central in the early 2000’s, have often become the stuff of legend, for better (Gilbert Gottfried’s post-9/11 telling of The Aristocrats joke (NSFW)) or worse (Chevy Chase getting “blindsided”). But one thing is undeniable: from its founding fathers to today’s Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, comedy is in the bloodline of The Friars.

Last year marked the inaugural Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, which premiered the Coen brothers film A Serious Man to much acclaim. Now, those Friars have set their sites on the stage, by partnering with the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - New York to pull talent from both coasts into a national comedy competition with serious stakes. Namely, $10,000. For Angeleno sketch and improv comedians (and there are many), The Friars Club Improv and Sketch Competition means a real shot to take their performances to the next level, and hopefully pocket some cash in the process.