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Sykes, Izzard, Engvall join Vegas Comedy Fest

5 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- Performers added to the lineup of this year's The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas now include Wanda Sykes, Eddie Izzard, Bill Engvall, John Oliver, Bill Burr , Marc Maron, Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Kennedy & Nick Swardson, Artie Lange, The Sopranos star Steve Schirripa and The Kims of Comedy.

They join previously announced comedy stars Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres at the festival, organized by HBO and Aeg Live and scheduled to take place Nov. 14-17.

In a conference call Tuesday, Seinfeld and Rock said they hope comedy will continue going strong despite the current lack of new sitcom break-outs. They also discussed how technology has changed performers' lives.

Rock said he's preparing a brand-new standup show for Vegas, which he called "a work in progress," with Seinfeld saying he feels the standup scene overall is "pretty good."

The two cited such talent as Louis Ck, Jim Norton and Katt Williams as strong performers with possible further upside.

"We're hoping there's a future", Seinfeld said when asked about the state of comedy and whether comedians will have to switch into reality TV to survive. »

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