34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Opening Night at Columbia City Theater
The Seattle International Comedy Competition is excited to return to the beautiful and historic Columbia City Theater for the first time since 2009 for an opening night "gala."
The comedians performing come from not only the Seattle area but from across the US and truly internationally - Canada, Australia, UK, Slovenia, and even Portlandia.
"Within weeks of winning the 2012 Seattle Comedy Competition, I met with every network there is besides PBS and the Lifetime Channel. Everyone from network CEO's to casting directors. I got to pitch a sitcom pilot to Comedy Central. "
That's comedian Michael Malone, talking on the phone from his hotel room in Houston Texas, where he is headlining the JokeJoint Comedy Showcase, a new iteration of one of Houston's heritage comedy clubs.
"800 comedians entered the contest, you had to submit video and all that stuff, and they whittled it down to 33, and I was honored just to be a part of that 33. Then it tiers down to 10. Then it tiers down to a top five, and then you have a winner. Every time it tiered down, I was just honored to be a part of it."
This year's winner will have an even greater challenge, as the 2013 Seattle International Comedy Competition has received over 1200 submissions.
It all starts on Wednesday, November 6 2013 with an Opening Night Gala at the historic Columbia City Theater in Seattle, where 17 of the 34 chosen participants begin their run toward the championship. After 23 shows in 26 days in 19 venues around Western Washington, the winner will take the crown from the 26-year-old Malone, who will be making a guest appearance on the final night, Sunday December 1 at Seattle's Comedy Underground.
For 5 or so years, NBC had a TV show called "Last Comic Standing" where contestants were thrown challenges like making Playboy Playmates laugh in a hot tub. Fun, maybe. Career benefit? Zilch. The finalists of the Seattle International Comedy Competition will have performed a minimum of 17 shows, been judged by 61 different judges, and received 427 separate scores. All while fully dressed. No wonder Hollywood seeks them out.
This is the REAL "Last Comic Standing."
Show times and ticket prices vary by show and venue. The complete schedule is:
Wed Nov 6 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA
Thur Nov 7 Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA
Fri Nov 8 Auburn Ave Theater, Auburn WA
Sat Nov 9 Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley WA
Sun Nov 10 Emory's on Silver Lake, Everett WA
Mon Nov 11 Comedy Underground, Seattle WA
Tue Nov 12 Laughs Comedy Spot, Kirkland WA
Wed Nov 13 Poppes 360, Best Western Convention Center, Bellingham WA
Thur Nov 14 Market Theater, Seattle WA
Fri Nov 15 Auburn Avenue Theater Auburn WA
Sat Nov 16 Renton Civic Theater, Renton WA
Sun Nov 17 Parlor Live Comedy Club, Bellevue WA
Tue Nov 19 Comedy Underground, Seattle WA
Wed Nov 20 Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds, WA
Thur Nov 21 University of Washington Tacoma WA
Fri Nov 22 Skagit Casino Resort, Bow WA
Sat Nov 23 Snoqualmie Casino Snoqualmie WA
Tue Nov 26 Washington Athletic Club, Seattle WA - Members & Guests only
Wed Nov 27 Vashon Theatre, Vashon WA
Fri Nov 29 Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland WA
Sat Nov 30 Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA
Sun Dec 1 Comedy Underground Seattle WA
Details, addresses, and ticket information can be found on our website <http://www.seattlecomedycompetition.com>
Contact info: Ron Reid, Producer
cell phone (310) 595-5000
There will be 32-34 comedians participating, selected from over 1000 submissions
$15,000 total cash prizes
The winner also gets a recording contract with Uproar Entertainment with a $1000 cash advance
NOTE: 2009 Winner Sean Kent is currently starring in A&E's "Modern Dads" <http://www.aetv.com/modern-dads>
Ron Reid, Producer
Seattle International Comedy Competition
Columbia City Theater (View)
4916 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
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