A Stand-Up Comedy Showcase, hosted by comedian Scott Novotny, will be performed on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

The showcase is the culmination of a stand-up comedy class offered by Novotny at the center.

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Novotny comments, "Ever thought of trying your hand at stand-up comedy? That's exactly what these students of all ages are preparing to do as they launch their comedy careers. Come, enjoy and support the next Phyllis Diller, Rodney Dangerfield, or Jay Leno as the following group offers their five to seven minute routines: Emily Barrett, Minneapolis; Chad Filley, Cambridge; Katherine Klein, Stillwater; Brad Kruse, Oak Park Heights; Fred Mackaman, Minneapolis; Jim Mckenzie, Hudson; Mike Peterson and Natalia Peterson, Lindstrom; Gina Postma, New Richmond; Marj Rowan, Amery; Julie Sonterre, Maplewood; and Eric Starr, Hudson."

A professional comedian for over 30 years, Novotny has appeared on "Comedy Central," MTV, and "America's Funniest People."

He is also a former company member of Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop, appeared at the Minnesota State Fair and The Corn Palace, is an award-winning writer, and was the founder and artistic director of The Comedy Cabaret, the first comedy club in Minnesota.

General admission tickets are $10 for this PG 13-rated performance in the Black Box Theater. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at The Phipps.