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Underground Comedy Fest Goes Global

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This year, the dazzling "comet of hilarity" known as the Underground Comedy Festival will light up venues across all five boroughs of New York City at the end of September -- and it's going global.

This fifth annual event in the Big Apple will coincide with comedy shows in China, South Africa, and Australia.

Professional, amateur, and rising-star performers are invited to participate in the Emerging Comics Competition and audition for David Letterman.

This year the festival will be headlined by a variety of television performers: famous Comedy Central insomniac Dave Attell, who has guest starred on Everybody Loves Raymond and Ed; Todd Lynn, a traveling stand-up with credits on The Late Show with David Letterman and BET's Comic View; and Lisa Landry, a New Orleans native with a turn on Premium Blend.

The Underground's roster doesn't just include the famous and established. As the city's largest festival devoted to comedy, more than 200 events are scheduled all over the city.

The schedule will also include stand-up showcases and comedy writing workshops. Many events will take place in all the major comedy clubs, plus local libraries, hospitals, and even homeless shelters.

The festival will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 8. Some shows are free; tickets cost up to $25. For more information and for tickets, visit www.nycundergroundcomedy.com.

--Anna Bengel

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