(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Cracked Entertainment, Inc., parent company and publisher of the 47-year-old national humor publication Cracked Magazine, will be joining the list of primary, big- wig, VIP, velvet rope, special sponsors of this year's New York City Underground Comedy Festival scheduled for October 2-10 It will consist of more than 300 events in comedy clubs and venues, including The Comic Strip and The Gotham Comedy Club, and will feature Dom Irrera, Howard Stern regular The Reverend Bob Levy, Eddie Brill, talent coordinator and warm-up comedian for The Late Show with David Letterman, Freddie Roman, Judy Gold, Wendy Williams, Jessica Kirson and The Jewish Rapper Eric Schwartz.
"We really wanted to work with the team from Cracked this year," said George Sarris, executive producer of the festival. "and it had nothing to do with the fact that a few other publications like The Onion, Maxin, Radar, Hustler, Knitting This Month and the AARP Magazine had all opted out and that Cracked was last on our list. Nothing to do with that at all."
"All I know is that I received an email from the widow of Kwaze Mbfattu, the former Nigerian foreign minister, who has millions locked away in a Bengali bank account," said Monty Sarhan, CEO and publisher of Cracked Entertainment. "We were told that if we sponsored the Festival, Mrs. Mbfattu would be able to get immediate access to her money."
"We also felt that sponsoring the festival was a great way to support comedy here in New York." added Sarhan. "The Festival is quickly becoming a New York institution and is a great showcase for talent/ For Cracked it's a way for us to reconnect with our fans and promote the re-launch of our website and print magazine. We're extremely happy to be involved." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen