Mardi Gras Casino Announces the 2013 Comedy Challenge, Featuring Headliner, Craig Shoemaker

The third annual Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is about to kick off! Hundreds of stand-up comedians from around the country will come out to strut their stuff and compete for the chance to open for Craig Shoemaker and win $5K during our Grandstand Finale in November.

Online PR News – 31-August-2013 – Florida – Tickets start at $10 for Showcase and Semi-Final rounds. Grandstand Finale tickets start at $20. All tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at Mardi Gars Casino Website.

The third annual Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is about to kick off! Hundreds of stand-up comedians from around the country will come out to strut their stuff and compete for the chance to open for Craig Shoemaker and win $5K during our Grandstand Finale in November. The forty funniest contestants from the auditions will move on to the Showcase rounds. From there, just 20 contestants will advance to the four Semi-final Rounds. But…only one contestant can be crowned the ‘Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge Champion’! Our hilarious featured comics performing during the Semi-Final rounds include Angel Salazar, Louis Ramey, Lisa Landry, and LA Hardy, and Bobby Collins performing during the Finals round.


Named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards on ABC, Craig Shoemaker's half-hour Comedy Central special has been voted by viewers as one of the network's "Top 20" stand-up specials of all time. Craig's feature film credits include the box office hit Scream 2, co-starring opposite Patrick Stewart in Safe House and his featured role opposite Daryl Hannah as her love interest in 2007's Dark Honeymoon. Last year, Craig won Best Supporting Actor at the Elevate Film Festival. His own film The Lovemaster (with Farrah Fawcett), won "Best Film" honors at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Craig's small screen credits include his one-hour special on Comedy Central titled, The Lovemaster... Unzipped, co-hosting duties on HBO's Comic Relief 2006, roles on numerous prime time series and he was actually Joy Behar's first guest in her Comedy Corner on ABC's The View.

As a scribe, Craig most recently wrote, produced and starred in Totally Baked, a movie which was conceived from his own son asking if his dad had ever smoked marijuana. The film was distributed world-wide by Universal and can be found in all major retail outlets, including Wal-Mart. Totally Baked was asked to be a featured film in the Austin Film Festival, was nominated for the 2008 High Times "Stony Award." It was recently re-released as a "Doobie Feature" packaged with a stand up DVD Shoemaker produced called, "420 Comedy Hour." Greg's writing credits also include ABC's Just The Ten of Us, and Real Funny. He also wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show, Who's Your Daddy? at the Coronet Theater.

Inspired by his children, Craig has also published two hit children's books, now in their third printing, entitled "What You Have Now...What Your Daddy Had Then" and "What You Have Now... What Your Mommy Had Then."

Additionally, Craig has had his own nationally syndicated radio show, which after only ten months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award "Crystal" prize. Two of Craig's stand-up comedy routines made it to the Top 10 list on XM Radio, with "Playing Army" ranking #1. His "Lovemaster" routine was voted Most Popular Comedy on XM Radio's Big Schtick Awards.

In 2004, Craig opened a comedy compound and retail outlet inspired by his nonprofit organization The Laughter Store ( is a place to find all things funny - pranks & gags, CDs, books, DVDs - anything to make you laugh!

Inspired by laughter, Craig has created a new forum 'Laughter Heals' where he combines his two decades of stand up into an uplifting seminar and humanistic forum to help those battling and suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases use the gift of laughter for self -healing universal wellness.

In June 2010, Craig received an honorary doctorate in humanities from his alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, recognizing the humanitarian work he has done over the last several years.

Currently, Craig is producing and writing a feature documentary called Live to Laugh along with Mark Harris (Crash, Gods & Monsters) and Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret, Oprah).

The schedule is as follows:

Showcase September 26-27 Time: 8 pm
October 3-4 Time: 8 pm

The 10 contestants each night will be videotaped and the videos placed on our website for online wild card voting. 20 contestants will move forward (5 for each round).

Venue: Jokers Wild Comedy Club & Bar

Round 1 Oct 10-11 Time: 8 pm 5 Comedians Headliner- Angel Salazar
Round 2 Oct 17-18 Time: 8 pm 5 Comedians Headliner- Louis Ramey
Round 3 Oct 24-25 Time: 8 pm 5 Comedians Headliner- Lisa Landry
Round 4 Oct 31 & Nov Time: 8 pm 5 Comedians Headliner- LA Hardy
Finals Nov 7-8 Time: 8 pm 4 Comedians + Wild Card Headliner- Bobby Collins

Venue: Grandstand

Main Event Nov 16 Time: 8 pm Headliner- Craig Shoemaker

Opening act for main event – TBD (Contest winner)

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