Some of the most famous comedians are also the most controversial, and with comedy getting only raunchier, clean comedy sounds like an oxymoron. But for the past seven years, the Clean Comedy Challenge has been encouraging comedians to keep it clean. Host Leslie Norris Townsend started the contest in 2010 in Ohio before taking it to other cities, gathering fellow comics to perform material that's still adult-oriented and edgy but free of profanity and sexual explicitness. For three nights, more than 20 comedians will compete in front of a panel of judges, including Andy Kindler, Jimmy Brogan, Erica Rhodes, Dennis Regan, Kerri Pomarolli, Ice House owner Bob Fisher and others, some of whom will also perform. The winner receives $750 in cash, and all the contestants are invited to take part in seminars and networking opportunities.
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