It’s been extremely exciting past few weeks as the Helium Comedy Club has been hosting Portland’s Funniest Person contest. The preliminaries started out strong as over 100 comics both well-known and up-and-coming competed to be the funniest person. At the end of each show, the audience decided the fate of the competing comics, voting on original material, audience reaction and the obvious quality of the material. This round took about 2 weeks to complete.
Last week, the judging moved to a panel of well-known Portland comedy aficionados including Art Santana (program director for Ground Kontrol Arcade), Heather McGowan (PDX comedy expert), Greg Nibler and Sarah Dylan (Funemployment Radio) and members of Kill Rock Stars.
Comedians were judged on very similar terms, gauging audience reaction as the show progressed, leaving the audience free to enjoy the show without the burden of moving comics through to the final round. As an audience member, this was quite a relief because every comic participating gave incredible performances.
It’s very exciting to announce the finalists for this contest. They include Alex Falcone, Bri Pruett, Caitlin Weierhauser, Katie Nguyen, Chris Ettrick, Adam Pasi, Robert Smith, Kyle Harbert, Dylan Jenkins, Zak Toscani, Jason Traeger and Nariko Ott with 2015 funniest person Amy Miller. This is sure to be one of the highlights in stand-up comedy that Portland has to offer for 2017. Tickets are still available from Helium Comedy Club for the final show. Be sure to get your tickets soon. See you there!