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It was a Saturday night in Indianapolis, and Morty’s Comedy Joint was at capacity for the finals of Trial by Laughter, the club’s annual stand-up competition. The field, which once featured 30 up-and-coming comedians from all over the Midwest, had been narrowed to eight, with the winner of the $1,000 cash-prize to be decided by a panel of judges,