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[10/10/07 - 04:23 PM]
Comedy Central(R) Announces Comedian Mo Mandel of San Francisco Grand Prize Winner of "Open Mic Fight," Network's Multi-Platform Stand-Up Competition
Mandel's "Open Mic Fight" grand prize consists of an appearance in a Comedy Central stand-up show, featured video exposure on comedycentral.com and more!

[via press release from Comedy Central]

COMEDY CENTRAL� ANNOUNCES COMEDIAN MO MANDEL OF SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF "OPEN MIC FIGHT," NETWORK'S MULTI-PLATFORM STAND-UP COMPETITION

www.comedycentral.com\openmicfight

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"Open Mic Fight" Grand-Prize Winner To Appear In A COMEDY CENTRAL Stand-Up Show, Featured Video Exposure On comedycentral.com, Opening Act On COMEDY CENTRAL Live Tour, Inclusion As A "Featured Comic" On iTunes, Video-On-Demand And Mobile Outlets, Talent Representation And $10,000 In Cash

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Runners-Up Include Raj Desai From Los Angeles, California And Na'im Lynn From Philidelphia, Pennsylvania

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Burger King Is Exclusive Sponsor Of "Open Mic Fight"

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NEW YORK, October 9, 2007 -- COMEDY CENTRAL is proud to announce comedian Mo Mandel as the grand prize winner of "Open Mic Fight," the network's multi-platform, national stand-up competition.

Mandel's "Open Mic Fight" grand prize consists of an appearance in a COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up show, featured video exposure on comedycentral.com, he will perform as the opening act on a COMEDY CENTRAL Live Tour, inclusion as a "Featured Comic" on iTunes and Mobile platforms beginning today, October 9, Video-On-Demand beginning Monday, October 22, representation for live performance by the Gersh agency and $10,000 in cash.

The "Open Mic Fight" contest consisted of several rounds of competition beginning with a preliminary round of 72 regional finalists selected by COMEDY CENTRAL from the pool of videotaped and uploaded submissions received. The regional finalists compteted in one of nine regional stand-up competitions held in the following cities: Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco.

One winner from each regional competition was selected to advance to the semi-final live event on September 6 in Los Angeles for the chance to be designated one of the top three finalists. Mo Mandel won the San Francisco regional competition, advancing him to this next round. Runners-up from each regional show were selected and posted online; viewers voted for three additional Viewers Choice contenders to travel to LA and compete in the semi-final event. At the semi-finals, three finalists were selected by judges and performance clips of each were posted on comedycentral.com for viewers to watch and vote for the ultimate "Open Mic Fight" winner.

After taking third place in the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2006, San Francisco native Mo Mandel said goodbye to his day job and began touring comedy clubs nationwide. He has performed at Carolines On Broadway, The San Francisco Punchline, Cobb�s Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, The Seattle Underground, The Hollywood Improv, as well as many other prestigious venues. Mandel has also shared the stage with the likes of Dave Attell, Dana Carvey, Craig Ferguson, Patrice O�Neal and Jim Norton, among others.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL�s press Web site at www.comedycentral.com/press.





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