Palm Springs International Comedy Festival (PSICF) www.PalmSpringsComedyFest.com has partnered with the nation’s new urban television network, Step1 TV www.step1TV.com, to present the festival’s winner of the stand up competition a half-hour comedy special on KTVA channel 35.10. Step1 TV, available on TV, OTR platforms and via its App, is now available to over 250 million homes, including approximately 10 million in Los Angeles County and surrounding regions.
“I’m super excited to work along Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and represent Step1 TV out of Los Angeles,” comments Director of Programming, Step 1 TV, Damitra Dee Dee Stuart. “Looking forward to having a great time and to search for the newest comedy star, helping them make their dreams come true by putting them on our platform in front of millions of viewers.”
“It’s wonderful to be able to partner with Step 1 TV’s CEO Belinda Baker and Damitra Stuart and give the winner of the stand up competition unprecedented exposure, by giving them their own comedy special,” adds Paul Cruz, director, PSICF. “Our goal is always to find the next big thing in comedy in every area we cover. I look forward to working with Step 1 TV on this mission.”
The winner will be announced after the festival’s closing on PSICF’s YouTube channel. PSICF will also award a special additional $1,000 prize to the winner.
PSICF will feature a star studded, black tie awards dinner gala, scheduled for November 10th, honoring the best comedic celebrity talents in stand-up, film and television and held in the grand ballroom of the trendy Hotel Zoso and Spa, located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.
PSICF was created to discover great comedic talent from around the world, with the purpose to promote them to the entertainment industry and the public, as well as to showcase the works of seasoned professionals and celebrities of comedy. The festival provides a showcase for the best comedians, sketch artists, shorts, features, TV pilots, Web series and animation from around the globe, with a screenplay competition awarding the best feature, shorts and TV pilots. The competition features 15 categories and 28 awards with submissions judged by top entertainment industry professionals.
Recently, it was announced that comedian Kathy Griffin will be presented with the “Comedian of the Year” Award, while Illeana Douglas is poised to receive the “Pioneer in Comedy Award” for the first ever branded Web series “Easy To Assemble.” Additional honorees, celebrity judges and guests to be announced soon including the Stanley Kramer Award recipient for ‘Best Feature Film Comedy.’