Laugh Factory beams cutups to colleges

The Laugh Factory comedy club and New York-based Network Event Theater Inc. have pacted to broadcast a series of live standup shows to college campuses across the country.

The shows, beginning Feb. 19, will be beamed directly from the Laugh Factory’s Hollywood club to campuses via NET’s network of satellite links to campus theaters.

Each show in the series will feature professional standup comedians and a celebrity “headliner.”

Additionally, the Laugh Factory shows will run in conjunction with a nationwide talent search, looking for the country’s funniest college student. Winners of campus competitions will be brought to Hollywood to appear in a show beamed back to the network of schools. Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada and a group of industry mavens will then choose the top scholastic jokester.

“Some of America’s best young comics started on the college circuit,” Masada said. “We hope the broadcasts and the talent search can influence and locate our next generation of young comedians.”

Since its establishment in 1993, NET has been actively building its roster of feature film premieres, sporting events and concerts, for broadcast to its satellite-linked network of college theaters on more than 20 campuses across the country. Among the shows NET has aired are the premieres of Miramax’s “Scream” and “Swingers,” and the title bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in November.

NET’s programming division is based in L.A. and run by producers Freddie Fields and Jerome Hellman.

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