I can’t find information on this online, so just to help promote good efforts to do something about the situation of stand-up comedy in this country, which relies heavily on drag queens, toilet humor, and gender-offensive jokes, I encourage all Filipino stand-up comedians to try out for the Ultimate Stand-up Comedy Challenge!

Complete information after the jump.If you are a college student or an amateur stand-up comedian, you can join the Ultimate Stand-up Comedy Challenge on February 3, 2007, 8:30 pm, at the Metro Bar, West Avenue, Quezon City.

Deadline for registration and submission of 5-minute demo tapes is on January 26, 2007.

Prizes:
1st Place – P15,000 cash and prizes
2nd Place – P10,000 cash and prizes
Crowd’s Favorite – trophy and P3,000 cash and prizes

For inquiries contact: Jed (09273283585), Mark (09178155542), and Addie (09272151075), or send an email to upjpia_fp07@yahoo.com.

Mechanics:

1. This competition is open to all collegiate and amateur stand-up comedians. Regular performers of existing comedy bars and related establishments, members of UP JPIA, and individuals directly affiliated with the sponsors are not allowed to join.

2. Each entry must include:

  • Completed entry form (or photocopy). All signatures must be original.
  • A demo video per contestant with a maximum length of five minutes video in CD, DVD, V8 or MiniDV format only.
  • Cash or check for P150 registration fee.

Demo tapes may contain videos of more than one contestant but should be properly labeled. If the contestant does not have the means to make his demo tape, a taping session could be scheduled with the organizers.

Deadline of submission: on or before January 26, 2007.

Mail or deliver all entries to:

UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants,
4th Floor, College of Business Administration
UP Campus, Diliman , Quezon City

3. Eight finalists will be chosen by a judging committee comprised of stand-up comedians, comedy bar owners, and comedy professionals. All entrants will be notified about the results of the screening on January 30, 2007. The finalists will have their wacky and hilarious stand-up comedy performance on the Grand Night on February 3, 2007.

4. The competition is divided into three parts namely: Kaloks Debate, Sponsor Spiel, and Freestyle Event.

5. In the Kaloks Debate, participants would be divided evenly into two groups and would be given the debate topic few minutes before the start of the debate. Each side would be given 8 minutes to argue their point. After the presentation of the arguments of both sides there would be a 10-minute no holds barred outrageous and hilarious rebuttal session. Contestants will work in a group but will be graded individually.

6. The second part of the competition is a Freestyle event. For 8 minutes, each contestant has the freedom to show their forte and finest material using any style they want for this part. In the freestyle event the contestants are allowed to present their other talents and performances.

7. The last part will be the Sponsor Spiel. Each contestant would pick one sponsor at random and create a 3-minute impromptu spiel or advertisement pitch with a comedic touch. The contestants will be given a 2-minute thinking time to prepare the spiel or advertisement.
8. The finalists are to be scored using the following scoring scheme:
30% Kaloks Debate
40% Freestyle
30% Sponsor Spiel

The contestants’ grade per part would be based on the following criteria:
20% Humor
20% Creativity
20% Originality
20% Comic Delivery
20% Audience Impact

9. Entry constitutes permission to use winners’ names and photos for future publicity, advertising and documentation purposes without additional compensation.
10. By participating in the contest, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by any subsequent published revisions of these rules and by the decisions of The UP JPIA Comedy Royale Stand-up Comedy Contest Committee which are final in all matters relating to the contest.

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