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Ask any comedian what the most crucial thing about making it in stand-up comedy is, and they’ll all say the same thing. Stage time. And one comedian is helping to offer the opportunity to win lots of it.
Joe Lowers, a 16-year comedy veteran, has just announced the details for this year’s World Series of Comedy 20101 in Las Vegas. The winner of the World Series got 37 weeks of paid work last yeat at a selection of comedy clubs across the country and well as a CD recording deal with Uproar! records, the label that has produced some big names like Brian Regan, John Pinette and Margaret Cho.
Lowers has always tried his best to get other comics stage time, originally starting the contest/festival in Pittsburgh in 2003.
“I would drive all over the country headlining gigs and I would have very funny guys opening for me – guys just trying to make it,” said Lowers. “Every time I would head back to my home club (the Pittsburgh Funnybone) I would tell the owner about these guys and try to help them get work but that never worked. I went to the owner and asked him what his slowest month was and told him not to book any comics that month. I pitched my idea to him and he went for it. So in June of 2003 the 1st WSOC took place. It went great and the club loved it – so much so that 16 guys got work the first year.”
And now, WSOC returns again in Las Vegas for what will be an exciting week of stand-up comedy and a chance for comics around the U.S. to get valuable stage time in multiple cities. The WSOC promises over 20 weeks of work and a CD recording deal for the winner.
“My plan is to do everything I can to make sure the comics who come out to Vegas this year get every chance they can to mingle with the bookers and club owners that they can never get on the phone.”