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December 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

2014 winner of Seattle International Comedy Competition is Nathan Brannon

Portland's Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition. (photo by Peter Greyy)

Portland’s Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition  (Peter Greyy)

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.

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December 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Seattle International Comedy Competition Winner Zoltan Kaszas | Q/A

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Before winning the the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, Zoltan Kaszas was an injured wannabe professional wrestler performing in a converted warehouse doubling as a comedy club.

Now, the 26-year-old from San Marcos, Calif. is meeting with an agent and a talent coordinator for Fox Television.

On stage Kaszas, who once coached a youth soccer team, uses observational humor and anecdotal jokes from his personal life to get laughs.

“I wouldn’t have signed up to coach if they had told me that all their games are on Saturday mornings at 7,” he said. “I like to drink. I’m not teaching these kids anything except what a whiskey hangover smells like.”

Kaszas spoke over the phone to us about his big win and the plans he has for the future.

How long have you been performing?

I’ve been doing stand up for 7 years now. I was 19 when I got started. Doing comedy wasn’t my original dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, but I have bad shoulders. I was going to get surgery and I was like well I have to do something while I’m in a cast for six months. I always loved stand up and I was always the one cracking jokes, making people laugh, but I never thought I could do it.

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Comments | Topics: Comedy, Seattle, Seattle International Comedy Competition

November 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Seattle International Comedy Competition Week One Results

(L-R: Trenton Davis-3rd, Kortney Shane William-Tied 5th, Parker Postyeni-Tied 5th, Laura Hayden-4th, Gabriel Rutledge-MC, Sam Demaris-2nd, Steve Hofstetter-1st). (Photo by Jeff Albertson) 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…

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November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Danielle Radford vies to win the Seattle International Comedy Competition | Q&A

When Seattle comedian Danielle Radford got the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle at the Moore Theatre last month, the only thing on her mind was to avoid falling flat on her face. Radford, who’s been performing stand up for six years, not only managed to stay on her feet, but…

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Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals | Topics: Columbia City Theater, Danielle Radford, Seattle International Comedy Competition