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PHOENIX-The Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Phoenix is partnering with Rascals International Inc. to build a 300-plus seat comedy club in the hotel The Rascals Comedy Club also will host headliner comedy shows in the hotel’s 1,000-seat ballroom.

Rascals International Inc. plans to bring the concept to other national full-service hotels, such as Holiday Inns, Hiltons, Sheratons and Radisson properties. “We believe that we can open 12 hotel co-venture units by year end and accelerate the opening of new units as our development, training and start-up teams expand,” says Ed Rodriquez, Rascals chairman and CEO. “The leveraging of existing banquet facilities with our intense direct sales, marketing and promotional expertise is an excellent marginal income opportunity requiring little or no additional investment in the property.”

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is one of two major convention hotels in downtown Phoenix. The city of Phoenix is midst of a obtaining millions from the state to help refurbish and expand the Phoenix Civic Plaza, downtown’s convention center.

Rascals Comedy Club Restaurants are a special gathering place for groups of friends and couples of all ages to enjoy good food and drinks, and then “live” entertainment for the cost of a movie and dinner. The showrooms also provide food and beverage service before and during the shows.

Rascals Comedy Clubs opened its first location in its headquarters city of West Orange, NJ in October 1983. Rascals International also owns clubs in Ocean Township, NJ and a video library of nearly 400 hours of top name comedians.

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