Charleston Comedy Festival is a ways off — six months, in fact — but registration is already open for the 2012 Stand Up Comedy Competition. There will be five preliminary rounds starting Fri. Aug. 5 at Theatre 99, and the top three finalists will perform at the 2012 Charleston Comedy Festival in January.

Each round will feature 14 comedians performing five-minute sets. Contestants have a chance at winning $1,000 — $500 will go to the audience favorite and $500 will go to the judges’ selection. Registration costs $20. For more info, call Brandy Sullivan or Greg Tavares at (843) 853-6687.