National College Comedy Festival 2013 at Skidmore

templeton philharmonic comedyThe National College Comedy Festival is this weekend at Skidmore. The annual festival is a showcase for up-and-coming comedy writers, performers, and improv troupes -- and many past performers have gone on to great success (example: the festival's founder, David Miner, is a producer for 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation). Here's a good piece on the festival and its history over at Splitsider, and a feature about last year's festival in NYT.

There are performances Friday and Saturday night featuring college (7 pm) and professional (10 pm) groups. Tickets are currently sold out (the festival always sells out). But we checked with the organizers today, and they say there's a good chance people who show up early will be able get in (because of the weather). Weekend passes for the general public are $20, nightly tickets are $5 for college groups, and $10 for professional groups. They're $15 / $3 / $5 for students.

photo: The Templeton Philharmonic, one of the professional groups performing at this year's festival.

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