Manhattan Monologue Slam Hits Hollywood

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The Manhattan Monologue Slam, the monthly bicoastal competition that pits actors against each other as they perform character-based theatrical monologues, comes to Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Comedian Andy Dick will serve as one of the evening's special guest judges. Also on the panel will be MadTV actor Debra Wilson, director David Koff (Fake Radio), and Star Trek actor Michael Dorn.

Presented by the New York Film Academy and sponsored by Back Stage and The Hollywood Reporter, the event kicks off at 8 p.m. at Safari Sam's, 5214 W. Sunset Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $6. Free parking, $2 beers, and 25-percent dinner discount offered.

Hosted by New York actor-director-writer brother team Philip and Robert Galinksky, the evening consists of two sets. The Championship set features ten slam winners from the past year, each performing one three-minute monologue. In this Wednesday's round, actor Katherine Deibel will defend her current MMSlam LA title against Katie Northlich, Tamar Kummel, Ayana Hampton, Ralph Guzzo, and Pennel Bird.

The evening's championship winner will be awarded cash, a sit-down meeting with any of the evening's judges, a photography studio session, and a chance to defend his or her title in next month's show.

Following the Championship round is the 30 Second Audience Slam, which gives actors from the audience a chance to show off 30 seconds of their best monologue material. Those interested in competing can sign up the night of the show. The winner will get a chance to perform in the next show's championship set.

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-- Brooke O'Neill