By: Ashley Dixon
After 12 weeks of competition, The Cate Street Pub is hosting a standup comedy showdown for 12 amatuer comedians. Panels of judges choose one comic per week for 12 weeks to have the opportunity to compete in the semi-finals for a chance to win $500.
The first round of semi-finals is Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 pm and the second round begins on March 22. Finalists in the competition are: Adel Alizaden, Merle Hagan, Dane Fauchex, Mike Honore, Ms. Ashley, Brittney Get Right, Andie Cole, Sean Keogh, Leon Blanda, Will Merrill, Nick Posey, and Steven Canatella.
“I’m really excited about this and feel really blessed to compete against such funny individuals. I’ve made some great friends in the process,” said semi-finalist Brittney Get Right.
Each night, during the first and second round of the semi-finals, six comedians have seven minutes to get on stage and deliver his or her routine. Three of the six comedians will be choosen to advance to the final round of the competition which is on Tuesday March 29.
Semi-finalist Steven Canatella said, “I think it’s a great way to expose local talent and give amateur comedians a chance to be heard. They need to keep having competitions because it brings in new talent and more customers.”
The Cate Street Pub gives the microphone to comedians who think he or she has what it takes to win this competition. Canatella said, “All of the comedians are really nice and the competition is hard, but friendly. No one’s broken beer bottles over anyone’s head. Yet.”
“I personally had so much support from friends and family and when I won in the last week it was so amazing. It felt like I was getting married to some really hot dude with lots of money,” Said Brittney Get Right.