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Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is over, but the laughing is not

Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is over, but the laughing is not

Headlining an eight-week-long comedy challenge is like coming full circle for John Heffron. He won NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2004. Heffron, 44, will perform Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. The winner of the fourth annual Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge, Mike Panzeca, from Cincinnati, will open. While the term "competitive comedy" may be off-putting to some people, Heffron says contests can motivate standup comics. "The thing about contests is, as you do you career, you need small victories to keep you going," he says. "For that guy, that's something. It lets him know, 'Maybe I should keep doing this for...

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