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Announcing the second Fargo Comedy Festival

The second annual Fargo Comedy Festival will be Friday at the downtown Fargo Civic Center hosted by Eric Zeis, a Fargo native whose stand up has been highlighted in Comedy Central's "Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

The second annual Fargo Comedy Festival will be Friday at the downtown Fargo Civic Center hosted by Eric Zeis, a Fargo native whose stand up has been highlighted in Comedy Central's "Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Friday with the show beginning at 8 p.m. and featuring local comedians alongside nationally known and featured comics such as Darren Carter, Ben Morrison and Any Kozel, Zeis said in a news release.

The lineup will begin with five local comics: Jason Jacobson, Fargo; Scott Ecker, Fargo; Josh Wallace, a Minnesota State University Moorhead student; Jenni Lou Russi, Valley City, N.D.; and Luke Jensen, Fargo.

Andy Kozel will take the stage following the local talent. Kozel has performed all over the country and hosted the morning radio talk show for 107.1 The Planet in Chicago, IL.

He'll be followed by Ben Morrison. Morrison has been featured on "Last Comic Standing" and as the lead on the final season of MTV's hit "Punk'd."

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The headliner is Darren Carter, who has been a regular guest on several late night talk shows, including "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. He appears regularly on "Comics Unleashed," "Chelsea Lately" on E!, and "Comics without Borders" on Showtime. His film appearances include "Be Cool" starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman. His string of TV appearances also includes Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and BET's "Comic View."

Tickets for the show will be $28.50 for upper balcony and $33.50 for floor and lower balcony seats and are available at Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com , and at the Fargo Civic Center.

There will be Exclusive After-Party on the 16th floor of the Radisson Hotel Downtown following the show with an open bar and featuring a well-known DJ, a news release said. Follow "Fargo Comedy Festival" on Facebook for more information.

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