The next two Saturdays will determine who will become the newest headliner at the Riviera Comedy Club. In recent weeks, the hotel has been auditioning comics from around the country in a contest with a prize worthy of a TV talent show: a gig on the Las Vegas Strip.
A total of 226 people from across the country submitted videos of their funniest material, from which 16 people were chosen to compete live on stage. The last of four finalists will be selected during a show that begins at 10 p.m. Saturday. Those four -- including Mike Merrill of Panorama City -- will then go head-to-head at 10 p.m. April 20.