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The seminars and workshops offered at this year's festival includes the return of some old favorites and some great new additions. Take a crash course in the world of comedy!



























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Andy Kindler and George Wallace slinging some heat.


Ed McMahon in
true vegas-style.



Josh Blue during his award-winning performance.

   
 

Discovering Stand-up

A seminar directed at those who are starting out or thinking of starting out in stand-up comedy.  A panel of Industry professionals will give a basic overview of what it will take to create an act, discuss stage presence, microphone protocol, and the work that lays ahead.

Play Vegas Stage Critique

Experts in the audience from the night before will offer helpful tips to improve the set they saw the night before.

Improv Workshop

A single day event that has been popular from past Las Vegas Comedy Festivals…Learn the basics of improvisation from a well known teacher/performer.

How to Create a Successful One Man Show

With the director of Defending The Caveman, the longest running solo performance in Broadway History, and writer and performer of Addicted: A Comedy of Substance, the Off-Broadway hit rated the highest of any Zagat exit pole in history. With this seminar, Todd Grove and Mark Lundholm will enlighten, entertain and show you what to do, and what NOT to do when you want to take the step from stand-up to theater.

Around the Writer’s Table

A highlight from the 2006 Las Vegas Comedy Festival--a two day seminar/workshop--Learn from industry executives/writers and former stand-ups of what goes on inside the creative process of a sitcom writer’s room.  Attendees will be put into groups and asked to join in the process too by preparing pages of dialog for a scene from a popular sitcom.

Beyond the Basics of Stand-up Seminar

Industry professionals discuss the next steps in a comedian’s development of when talent are ready for representation?  How to get representation?  How and where to book a gig?  Merchandising?  One person shows…

Cutting Edge Comedy

The panel of experts will participate in a discussion led by a well-known cutting-edge comic. Together, they will attempt to define cutting edge comedy and how it plays into the current trends in clubs and television, as well as discuss some of the more esoteric notions of what makes comedy funny, and how to properly challenge known forms of comedy to create something new.

Around the Writer’s Table, Part 2

A highlight from the 2006 Las Vegas Comedy Festival—second part of the two day seminar/workshop--Learn from industry executives/writers and former stand-ups of what goes on inside the creative process of a sitcom writer’s room.  An additional panelist from a studio, network or Production Company will join the panel to critique the results of the work the various groups have created.

Emceeing/TV Hosting

Learn the difference between the two and the art of being a good host/MC through various tips and techniques by our expert panelists.

Pitching Protocol

Learn from industry professionals as to industry standards used in pitching a show idea, the nuts and bolts of how to make a presentation look presentable, and what to do when you actually get the pitch meeting.

How To Master "Your Magic"

Understanding and APPLYING the science of "The Law Of Atttraction" and of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to achieve effortless success in your career.

It All Begins With The Written Word

This panel is as important anyone could want as the experts discuss the legal aspects of protecting your material that appears in various forms.

Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It

Industry executives and comedy writers talk about comedy writing beyond the stand-up routine and where that can lead into television, film, commercials, corporate events, awards shows, books, magazines, etc.

Master’s Chat

An informal panel of notable professional comedians with a rich history in the business will discuss their early years in comedy and take Q&A.

Author’s Chat and Book Signing

A panel of author’s who have books dealing with comedy will discuss how the idea came up and how they went about researching, developing and ultimately publishing their book.  This will be followed by a book signing opportunity for those wish.

Poker Tournament

One On Ones

Like speed dating, attendees will have an opportunity to spend a few minutes with many of our industry experts for some one on one personal time.  As the buzzer sounds, you get to move to the next expert.

Pitching Your Show

The final event of the festival is one that will offer attendees a chance to actually pitch their show to someone who may be able to do something with it.  This could be someone’s really big break.

*All seminars/workshops subject to change.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CALL 212-594-5515 or email info@lasvegascomedyfestival.com

   
Time
Sunday (1/14)
Monday (1/15)
Tuesday (1/16)
Wednesday (1/17)
Thursday (1/18)
 
Registration
10:00-6:00
Registration
10:00-6:00
Registration
10:00-6:00
Registration
10:00-6:00
Registration
10:00-1:00
9:00 AM  
PLAY VEGAS STAGE CRITIQUE
9:00
PLAY VEGAS STAGE CRITIQUE
9:00
PLAY VEGAS STAGE CRITIQUE
9:00
PLAY VEGAS
STAGE CRITIQUE
9:00
10:00 AM  
"Discovering Stand-up"
10:00
"Around The Writer's Table" Workshop 2
10:00
"It All Begins With The Written Word" 
10:00
TBA
10:00
11:00 AM  
"Around The Writer's Table" Workshop part 1 11:00

"MC'ing/TVHosting"  
11:30

"Pitching Protocol"
11:00
"Pitching Your Show"
11:00
Noon  
lunch break
lunch break
ONE on ONE Session
Noon
"Pitching Your Show"
1:00 PM  
Improv Workshop
12:45
"TBA"
1:00
Poker Tournament
1:00-3:00
bye til 2008
2:00 PM
"Beyond The Basics of Comedy"
2:00
"Is Sketch For You"
2:00
Poker Tournament
 
3:00 PM
Bowling Contest
3:30-5:00

"Cutting Edge Comedy" 
3:00

"Writing Funny and Getting Paid For It"
3:00
Poker Tournament
 
4:00 PM
Bowling Contest
"How to Create a Successful One Man Show"
4:00
"Author's Chat"
4:00
"Master's Chat"
3:30
 
5:00 PM
dinner break
dinner break
dinner break
break
 
6:00 PM
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
6:00-7:30
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
6:00-7:30
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
6:00-7:30
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
6:00-7:00
 
7:00 PM
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
GALA
[buffet 7:30-8:15]
 
8:00 PM
LAA Quarter Finals
8:00-9:15
Future Hot List
8:00-9:30
Primetime Comedy
8:00-9:30
GALA & Awards
8:00:00-9:30
 
9:00 PM
LAA Quarter Finals
Future Hot List
Primetime Comedy
GALA & Awards
 
9:30 PM
Best of The Road
9:30-11:00
Future Hot List
Primetime Comedy
GALA & Awards
 
10:00 PM
Best of The Road
LAA Quarter Finals
10:00-11:15
LAA Semi Finals
10:00-11:30
Best of The Festival
10:00-11:00
 
11:00 PM
Best of The Road
LAA Quarter Finals
LAA Semi Finals
Best of The Festival
 
11:30 PM
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
11:30-12:30
TBA
11:30-12:30
LAA Semi Finals
Best of The Festival? If we needed
more time
 
Midnight
PLAY VEGAS STAGE
TBA 
Networking at the
Red Bar
Networking at the
Red Bar
 
12:30 AM
Networking at the
Red Bar
Networking at the
Red Bar