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    Soft Rock Hard Comedy at Sky Bar

    What better way to end finals week than with a little comic relief?

    Sky Bar will be hosting this month’s Soft Rock Hard Comedy VII, a free monthly event that brings together comedy, music and even film shorts, on Dec. 19.

    Mike Sterner, a former UA student who started his comedy career by participating in Comedy Corner and performing in the old student union, hosts the event alongside nine comedians and four musical acts.

    Each “”comedy clump,”” as Sterner calls it, is composed of three comedians who have seven to 12 minutes each to perform. Before the next clump is introduced, there is a musical break, giving audience members the opportunity to grab drinks, a slice of pizza from Brooklyn Pizza Company next door or even step outside on the patio.

    The event is different from most local comedy shows for several reasons. Comedians typically only have a few minutes to perform, whereas at Soft Rock Hard Comedy they have almost triple the typical stage time.

    “”In two minutes you barely get the audience used to you and then you have to leave. With 10 or so minutes, you have the time to do something you don’t normally do,”” Sterner said. Additionally, the musical intermissions give the event more of a bar/club vibe.

    “”There’s more of a clubhouse feel. Everyone just hangs out. You can go in and out, intermingle with the comedians and be entertained the whole time,”” Sterner said.

    Musical acts range from a single person with a guitar to a full band. “”Musical acts are supposed to be a break while still keeping the overall rhythm and feel of the event,”” Sterner said. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 11. The event is open to anyone 21 and older. Anyone interested in participating as a comedian, musical act or even submitting a short film should look up Soft Rock Hard Comedy on Facebook.

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