Comedian Nathan Brannon capped a stellar year by winning the 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Sunday at the Comedy Underground.
The Portland-based comedian competed against 33 other hopefuls during the month-long competition which took place in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Brannon’s had an impressive year. He was one of six performers selected for call backs for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and recently opened for superstar Dave Chappelle.
Much of Brannon’s material poked fun at the subtle differences between him and his wife.
“My wife is outdoorsy, but outdoorsy for me is taking the trash out with no shoes on,” he said, “Sometimes I’ll do it when it’s raining, ’cause I’m gangsta as (expletive).”
He also made light of what it’s like to be a professional comedian.
“I’m so broke I had to strip at my own bachelor party,” Brannon joked. “I’m crying, my dad’s crying…he’s the only one that gave me a dollar. What I’m saying is that it was a fundraiser.”
Sunday’s other finalists were Kyle Bottom (Vancouver, B.C.), second place; Sterling Scott (Edmonton, Alberta), third place; Matt Donaher (Boston, Mass.), fourth place; and Cory Michaelis (Everett, Snohomish County), fifth place.