The sketchiest comedy festival on this coast is seeking talent for the third straight year.
SketchFest NYC, dedicated to the art of sketch comedy, has announced the deadline for sketch comedy submissions to this year's festival, to be held in New York City next summer.
"We've been extraordinarily pleased with the continued growth of SketchFest NYC," said Alexander Zalben, producer of the event. "Not only are we getting the absolute best shows from across the country, they're getting seen by thousands of people in what is, arguably, the comedy capital of the world."
The last two years of the festival each featured more than 30 groups from across the country and was covered by Comedy Central, HBO, and the major networks.
Sketch comedy is different from improvisation and stand-up, instead consisting of short written scenes that are rehearsed beforehand and usually presented by a group that can range from two people to 20.
The original SketchFest debuted in 1999 in Seattle, and in the past few years the festival has popped up in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto.
SketchFest NYC has been scheduled June 7-9, 2007; exact dates, times, acts, and venues will be announced in the next few months.
The early application deadline for festival submissions is Dec. 31. The deadline for late applications is Jan. 31.
SketchFest NYC is produced by Elizabeth Ellis, Keith Michel, Becky Poole, and Alexander Zalben. For more information, visit SketchFestNYC.com.
-- Anna Bengel