Viaero Great American Comedy Festival underway

NORFOLK - The 6th Annual Viaero Great American Comedy Festival got underway Wednesday night with the annual amateur comedians competition at the Divots Conference Center.  The small but enthusiastic crowd was treated to seven comedians who had qualified during the winter in competitions in Norfolk,  West Point and O’Neill.  The winner was a cancer survivor from Denver, Leif Cedar who was awarded $500 for his victory and a consultation with Late Show With David Letterman talent coordinator and warm-up comedian Eddie Brill.  The first night also featured a magic show at the Johnny Carson Theater.  The Viaero Great American Comedy Festival continues Thursday with the first round of the professional comedians competition beginning at 7:30 at the Johnny Carson Theater.  The top performers will advance to Saturday’s finals which will be hosted by Drew Carey, who will also present Steven Wright with the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award.  Tickets for most of the performances are are still available on-line at greatamericancomedyfestival.com.