TWIX[R] Brand to Give America's Funniest College Student a Sweet Deal: A Chance at His or Her Big Break.
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- Mars Snackfood US announced today that TWIX([R]) is launching the Funniest College Student on Campus contest, giving students nationwide a chance to win $3,000 and the ultimate week-long internship: a behind-the-scenes taste of the business of comedy in Chicago for the TBS Presents A "Very Funny" Festival: Just for Laughs event in June.
"At TWIX([R]), we're all about providing America with the ultimate break, whether it's from work, school or just life," said Michele Kessler, vice president, marketing, Mars Snackfood US. "With TWIX([R]), we're taking this idea to a whole new level by offering one funny student a shot at a huge break in business and maybe even comedy."
Now through April Fools' Day, students attending a U.S. college, university, trade school or junior college can submit funny-focused video entries at www.funnieststudent.twix.com.
"We're challenging students to log onto www.funnieststudent.twix.com and in three minutes or less, creatively crack us up through a great joke, the retelling of a humorous tale or just acting out. We think of it as the ultimate internship interview for people who think they're funny," Kessler added. "Whether a budding comedian or just the punch line of their buddies' jokes, one funny student will win the cash, the internship and the title of America's funniest."
A panel of judges will select four semifinalists. And, America, via online voting, will help TWIX([R]) select the country's funniest college student.
Winning the Sweetest Prize
The once-in-a-lifetime, one-week internship will include a meeting with a senior manager of the festival; the opportunity to shadow a member of the festival staff; a chance to see the inner workings of a festival rehearsal and tickets to six different festival shows. Semifinalists will each receive a year's supply of TWIX([R]) Cookie Bars.
For detailed information about the contest, including contest rules and video upload specifics, students are encouraged to log on to www.funnieststudent.twix.com.
Recent News Surrounding National Peanut Butter Recall
Mars remains unaffected by the expanded recall of peanut products. All of Mars' products are safe to enjoy, including all Mars Snackfood US products, Mars Food US products and Mars Petcare US products.
Mars does not receive or process any peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste from Peanut Corporation of America, the company the FDA pinpointed as the source of contaminated product. Mars has not been asked by the FDA to recall any of our products as a result of the Peanut Corporation of America recall action.
At Mars, the majority of its products are manufactured using its own peanut butter made from its own roasted peanuts.
Food safety is of paramount importance to Mars, and Mars is committed to the highest standards of quality and safety. At Mars, they maintain a strict quality control program to ensure that all of its products leave its' factories exceeding its high standards. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality of all Mars products.
About Mars Snackfood US:
Mars Snackfood US is the United States snack operations of Mars North America. With more than $7 billion in annual sales in the United States, Mars North America includes food, snack and pet care segments, which are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Mount Olive, N.J., Mars North America employs more than 12,000 associates in the United States, with 54 facilities nationwide. Mars Snackfood US, headquartered in Hackettstown, N.J., includes some of the world's favorite brands such as DOVE[R] Brand Chocolate, M&M'S[R] Brand, MILKY WAY[R] Brand, SKITTLES[R] Brand, SNICKERS[R] Brand, STARBURST[R] Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS[R] Brand, TWIX[R] Brand and more. Additional popular brands in the petcare and food segments for Mars North America include UNCLE BEN'S[R] Brand, PEDIGREE[R] Brand Food for Dogs, and WHISKAS[R] Brand Food for Cats. Please visit www.mars.com.
About TBS Presents A "Very Funny" Festival: Just For Laughs:
TBS Presents A "Very Funny" Festival: Just for Laughs will launch in June with events taking place at venues throughout Chicago. In addition to a special event headlined by TV star Ellen DeGeneres, the festival will feature a series of stand-up concerts by top-name comedians; the very best in improv and sketch, including a collaboration with the famed Second City comedy troupe; Latino and urban comedy extravaganzas; various other events at local comedy clubs; and a film component. To create the new comedy event, TBS and Just For Laughs will collaborate with the United States' largest independent promoter, Chicago-based Jam Productions LTD/Outback Concerts.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns; original late-night series like 10 Items or Less; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, My Name is Earl, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, such as TBS Presents A "Very Funny" Festival: The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and TBS Presents A "Very Funny" Festival: Just For Laughs in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
About Just For Laughs:
Just For Laughs is active in many areas of entertainment production including Festivals, Television, Theater and Touring. Its inaugural festival 25 years ago is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming over 2 million people each summer. During its 25 years, the Montreal Festival has featured some of the top comics in the world, including Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Dane Cook, John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson and Tim Allen. Each year, over 1,000 industry executives are drawn to Montreal for what is considered the hottest breeding ground for new talent. In the spring of 2006, the company's French division launched the Festival Juste pour rire Nantes Atlantique in France and in 2007, Just For Laughs launched the Just For Laughs Toronto Festival, both to great success. The company also successfully tours across the globe bringing some of the Festivals' best talent to Canada, the U.S., Bermuda and Asia and has personal management offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Montreal. Just For Laughs television shows are seen in over 125 countries, on over 95 airlines around the world, and its hidden-camera gags show currently airs on ABC. In the past, Just For Laughs stand-up shows have aired on MTV, Showtime, HBO, BBC America and Fox in the U.S.