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Comedians are converging on Caesars Palace Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Caesars Palace is owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment. Caesars is located on the west side of the Strip, between the Bellagio and the Mirage.  this week for the fourth annual Comedy Festival in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. .

Fans will pay to see big-name comics — including Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys.
, Jerry Seinfeld This article is about the comedian. For the character, see Jerry Seinfeld (character).

Jerry Seinfeld (born Jerome Seinfeld on April 29, 1954 in New York City, New York) is a Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and writer.
 and Dane Cook — performing in the 4,000-seat Colosseum Colosseum or Coliseum (both: kŏləsē`əm), Ital. Colosseo, common name of the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome, near the southeast end of the Forum, between the Palatine and Esquiline hills.  and other big halls at Caesars. They also can see up-and-coming comedians for free in the Laugh Out Loud Lounge.

“We want this thing to grow every year. We want it to be the Olympics of comedy,” says Steven Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. TBS became primary sponsor of the festival this year after HBO Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)
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 dropped out.

TBS is taping several shows for broadcast next week, including “Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show,” “Cheech & Chong: Roasted” and “Laffapalooza!” hosted by Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan (born November 10 1968 in Bronx, New York) is an American actor perhaps best known as a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2003. Morgan currently stars as Tracy Jordan in Emmy Award Winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock. .

The festival’s biggest competition comes from Las Vegas itself.

Resident Vegas comedians include George Wallace, Wayne Brady, Rita Rudner, Bobby Slayton, Louie Anderson and Kevin Burke. There’s a roster of comedians who perform at local comedy clubs. Bill Maher and Jay Leno are performing in town this weekend — although they aren’t part of the Comedy Festival.

“So many comedians play Vegas,” Koonin says. “We tried to find people who weren’t playing on a regular basis.

“We have something for everyone. We’re celebrating everything from Cheech & Chong to the ‘Last Comic Standing Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show that premiered in 2003. The objective of the program is to select a comedian from a group, who will receive a development contract with the NBC television network and a special first to air on the cable-TV .’ We tried for great diversity — from Kat Williams to David Alan Grier David Alan Grier (born June 30, 1955) is an American actor and comedian known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color. Biography
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 to Tracy Morgan. We have cultural diversity and age diversity.”

Caesars has been the festival’s home since it moved to Las Vegas from Aspen, Colo., where it began in 1985. The casino is a good partner, Koonin says, but the festival may move when the contract is up after this year.

“We are looking across Vegas for other opportunities,” he says. “We’re looking and talking with several of the hotel chains to grow with us in the future.”

His goal is to turn the festival into a one- or two-week event, patterned somewhat after the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, one of the top comedy events in the world.

“Our long-term goal is to become part of the fabric of the community of Las Vegas. I went to Montreal this summer and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The festival was the essence of the city. My aspiration is that we become the essence of Las Vegas.”

Jerry Fink can be reached at 259-4058 or at jerry@lasvegassun.com.

IF YOU GO

What: TBS Comedy Festival

When: Thursday through Saturday

Where: Caesars Palace

Tickets: Prices vary; 866-1409

Performers: Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, Cheech & Chong, The Kids in the Hall, David Alan Grier, Dave Attell, Andrew Dice Clay, Kat Williams, Jeff Dunham, Jim Breuer, Pete Correale, Josh Blue, Ralphie May, Mike Epps, Jim Norton, John Oliver, Russell Peters, Comedivas, Caliente Comedy, Triple Threat of Comedy and Laffapalooza. Hosted by Tracy Morgan

More info: Visit www.thecomedy

festival.com for a complete list of performers, schedules and prices.
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