The Riviera Casino & Hotel search for its next comic headliner had the first of four semifinal competitions over the weekend. Mike Merrill from Panorama City, CA, beat out three other comedians for a spot in the finale on April 20. More than 225 entries were accepted nationwide, with 16 of those being selected as semifinalists. The grand prize winner gets a one week headlining gig at the Riviera Comedy Club.
Semifinals are being held on Saturday, Mar. 23, April 6 and 13, at 10pm each night. Four semifinalists compete each Saturday and one winner each week will move onto the finale. The competitions are free to the public.
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