COMEDY CENTRAL® and The New York Comedy Festival's Third Annual "Comics To Watch" Showcase Featuring the Best Up-And-Coming

  COMEDY CENTRAL® and The New York Comedy Festival's Third Annual "Comics To
 Watch" Showcase Featuring the Best Up-And-Coming Young Comedians to Premiere
        on cc.com/comicstowatch on Monday, November 12 at 4:00 P.M. ET

"Comics To Watch" is Hosted by Owen Benjamin

Featuring Comedians Asif Ali, David Agyekum, Kate Berlant, Matt D, Chris
Distefano, Phil Hanley, Andrew Santino, Liza Treyger, Brooks Wheelan and
Hampton Yount

"Comics To Watch" Event was Filmed at Famed Comedy Venue Carolines on Broadway
on Wednesday, November 7

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --After concluding an extensive,
nationwide search, this year's "Comics to Watch" features a record 10
comedians performing in the showcase reflecting an ever-expanding scope of the
very best young talent on the comedy scene today. COMEDY CENTRAL and The New
York Comedy Festival teamed up again for the third annual "Comics to Watch"
showcase which took place at Carolines on Broadway on Wednesday, November 7 as
part of the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. The "Comics to Watch" event will
premiere in full-length on cc.com/comicstowatch on Monday, November 12 at 4:00
p.m. ET and is available through Wednesday, November 14. Subsequently, clips
of the individual performances from "Comics to Watch" 2012 will be live on the
site. 

Hosted by Owen Benjamin, this year's "Comics To Watch" features the following
comedians: Asif Ali, David Agyekum, Kate Berlant, Matt D, Chris Distefano,
Phil Hanley, Andrew Santino, Liza Treyger, Brooks Wheelan and Hampton Yount.

Asif Ali - stand-up, writer, improviser and actor who has appeared on ABC's
"Modern Family" in addition to starring as a series regular on an upcoming ABC
pilot with Dan Castellaneta.

David Agyekum - 22 year-old Michigander who has taken his talents to open mics
and noisy bar shows across the East Coast.

Kate Berlant - Brooklyn-based comic/witch who has opened for Reggie Watts.

Matt D – competed and won Comic Stand-Off at the 2012 Magners Comedy Festival
in Boston for an opportunity to perform at the Glasgow International Comedy
Festival.

Chris Distefano – appeared on MTV2's highest-rated show "Guy Code" and
starting in January, he can be seen on MTVs "Failosiphy"  and "Money from
Strangers."

Phil Hanley - native of Vancouver and now based in New York City, he has
recently performed for a second time on "The Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson."

Andrew Santino - comedic headliner who has appeared on Comedy Central and
MTV's "Punk'd" with upcoming appearances on "The Office," "Arrested
Development" as well as in the new indie movie, "Warren."

Liza Treyger -  Chicago based stand-up comedian from the former Soviet Union
who loves wearing dresses, getting her nails done and telling jokes about race
and woman things.

Brooks Wheelan –  writer and performer based in Los Angeles whose credits
include UCB, Comedy Central, College Humor and Second City Chicago.

Hampton Yount -  Virginia native and currently a writer on MTV's
"Ridiculousness and "TruTv's "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal."

"Comics to Watch" is a showcase featuring a wide range of diversely talented
young comedians. It was created to launch the careers of the next generation
of comedians by putting them in front of industry executives and comedy fans.
The selection process involved live showcases in multiple cities. The
all-comedy network and the festival organizers worked closely together to
identify the best new stand-up comedians. Comedians from past "Comics to
Watch" showcases such as Michael Che, Emily Heller, Ben Kronberg, Adam Newman,
Kurt Braunohler, and Kevin Biggins have gone on to making stand-up appearances
on COMEDY CENTRAL shows including "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" and
"CC Stand-Up Live from The South Beach Comedy Festival."

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The New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in
association with COMEDY CENTRAL. The festival has featured the country's top
comedians, including Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin,
Dane Cook, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Wanda Sykes and Joel McHale, to name
a few. In 2007, the festival launched the "Stand-Up for Heroes" event to
benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Robin
Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan
O'Brien and Bruce Springsteen. The festival is produced by Carolines on
Broadway. Sponsors are Citbank, Klondike, JetBlue and Svedka Vodka. The media
sponsors are New York Post, Time Out New York, Variety and the Village Voice.

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