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Winner of Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition To Perform on TBS’s Late-Night Hit Lopez Tonight

May 18, 2011

Member of Winning Teams Appearance Slated for the Week of June 13

This year's nationwide search for America's funniest college students has come to an end, and the team from Penn State University has won the top prize in the fourth annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition (NCCC) Presented by TBS. Now, one member of the winning team – has been offered the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to perform in front of a national television audience on TBS's late-night series Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez.

"Since its earliest days, late-night television has been a great launch pad for up-and-coming comedians, so I'm really excited to carry on that tradition by giving the winner of the National College Comedy Competition a chance to shine on Lopez Tonight," said Lopez. Brandon Scott Wolf's performance on Lopez Tonight is slated for the week of June 13.

Ohio State University, the University of Florida and Portland State University joined Penn State in the NCCC's Funniest 4 final round. Aaron Nemo of Ohio State, Rudy Mendoza of the University of Florida and Andrew Dhulst of Portland State were each chosen as this year's MVPs. Along with Brandon Scott Wolf of winning team, Penn State, they will be offered the opportunity to perform at the star-studded TWIX® Presents: TBS Just for Laughs Chicago, taking place June 14-19.

Since the beginning of February, college students from across the country have been competing in the art of stand-up comedy for a shot at being crowned "America's Funniest Comedy Team." The annual competition begins each year with events held on 32 different campuses. At each event, students perform live stand-up routines, with the audience selecting the funniest to represent their school. Those teams then go on to compete in regional match-ups and elimination rounds that narrowed the field to the Select 16, then to the Ultimate 8 and the Funniest 4.

Comedy fans watched stand-up sets from each of the Funniest 4 team members and voted for their favorite college team at http://tbs.com/college. A highly esteemed panel of judges from the comedy, entertainment and media industries reviewed the finalists and chose the winning team and four MVPs (one from each team). Lopez Tonight comedy producer Adam Spiegelman, Punchline Magazine editor-in-chief Dylan Gadino, Emmy®-winning comic Jon Friedman, talent manager Bruce Smith and Just For Laughs' Director of Programming, Robbie Praw were among the judges for the final round the competition.

About Lopez Tonight
Comedian and actor George Lopez headlines Lopez Tonight, TBS's exciting late-late-night party. Airing Monday-Thursday at midnight (ET/PT), this show has consistently garnered one of late-night television's most diverse audiences. Lopez Tonight is produced for TBS by 2.2 Productions, Panamort Television, paraMedia Inc. and Telepictures Productions, with Lopez and Robert Morton (Late Night with David Letterman) serving as executive producers.

About Rooftop Comedy
Rooftop Comedy, a unit of Rooftop Media, Inc., is the leading producer of interactive comedy programming and comedic branded entertainment. Rooftop Comedy records live comedy performances 365 nights a year from its network of comedy clubs around the world, distributing original comedy programming to cable, broadcast, web, mobile, and print channels.

About Mars Chocolate North America and TWIX®
Mars Chocolate North America is the North American chocolate operations of Mars, Incorporated. Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate &emdash; M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare &emdash; PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR®, NUTRO®, GREENIES®, and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley &emdash; ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food &emdash; UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks &emdash; KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience &emdash; WISDOM PANEL™, SERAMIS®, CIRKUHEALTH™ and COCOAPRO®. For more information, please visit www.mars.com

TWIX®, a Mars Chocolate brand, aims to make every moment of pause that much more enjoyable. Thanks to its crunchy cookie, chewy caramel, and creamy chocolate taste, your moments of pause are a little more fun, so you can truly "Pause Like You Mean It." For more information about TWIX®, please visit TWIX.com.

About TBS
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network and is available in 100.8 million households. It serves as home to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and the upcoming Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse; the late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy, The Office and The Big Bang Theory, which begins later this year; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 

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