The 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition began last night at the Columbia City Theater with 16 comedians each trying to win over the audience and the judges to advance to the next round. The night, hosted by Gabriel Rutledge, featured each comedian performing 7-minute sets.
First place went to Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY), whose brutal take down of hecklers is well documented on Youtube.
“Don’t call me a ginger,” the redheaded Hofstetter warned the audience, “Only we can use that word, call me a “ginga” instead. It’s the “er” at the end of the G-word that is offensive.”
Seattle comedians Kortney Shane Williams and Parker Postyeni were awarded a tie for fifth place.
In his set Williams lambasted Yelp and people who rely on it for restaurant recommendations.
“Don’t trust Yelp reviews,” Williams said. “Yelp is something a dog does before it dies.”
The competition continues through Dec. 1 and a full schedule is available here.
Seattle International Comedy Competition Preliminary Week One-Night One Top 5 (+1) Results:
1st: Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY)
2nd: Sam Demaris (Houston, TX)
3rd: Trenton Davis (Chicago, IL)
4th: Laura Hayden (Hermosa Beach, CA)
5th (tie): Kortney Shane Williams (Seattle, WA)
5th (tie): Parker Postyeni (Seattle, WA)