Empire Control Room
"...Patrick's Day, you go out and get plotzed on green beer, don't you? So on the one day of the year devoted to comedy, why not go out and have a laugh? Cap City Comedy Club is making it oh-so-easy for you this year. On April Fools' Day, the club is kicking off its 28th Annual Funniest Person in Austin contest – eight weeks of jokers jockeying for the top spot on the local stand-up scene and a year's worth of bragging rights, plus a $2,500 check..."
"...It was a coup of the kind you might have expected in Indonesia or eastern Europe, but Cap City Comedy Club? And yet there it was in the results of this year's Funniest Person in Austin contest: Snagging the coveted crown of comedy was Omaha transplant Cody Hustak, with second place going to Ryan Cownie, who moved here with Hustak in 2010 and is his roommate. (Third-place finisher Lashonda Lester denies any knowledge of the Cornhusker comedy conspiracy.) The Chronicle contacted Hustak to learn how he prevailed over the other 200-plus FPIA competitors...."
"...The third time was the charm for Lashonda Lester when it came to the finals for the Funniest Person in Austin Contest. The Detroit native, a third-place finisher in 2014, took the stage Monday like a force of nature and copped the crown – a win that was most timely, as Lester has been dealing with kidney failure and dialysis for the past year...."
"...Andy Ritchie is the Funniest Person in Austin this year, as decided by the judges presiding at the annual contest's finals. The finals' fierce competition, let's clarify, because there were more contestants than ever and so many of them can rock a room with laughter...."
"...There was barely enough room to breathe in the filled-to-capacity Cap City Comedy Club on Monday, but paradoxically, there was still ample room to laugh. Of course, you really couldn't help yourself given the serious funny being served by the 14 finalists in the 2009 Funniest Person in Austin Contest..."
"...By the time your peepers are grazing this text, the Funniest Person in Austin competition for 2009 will be nearing the finals stage at Cap City Comedy Club. That means: It's like when you've smoked a joint of really kind bud down to a roach..."
"...Last night, I was a judge for a semifinal round of the Funniest Person in Austin Contest at Cap City Comedy Club, where just about anybody can go onstage for five minutes and unleash their ammunition. Last night, I sometimes felt like I was the shooter, and I sometimes felt like I was the fish...."
"...Okay, folks, our annual comedy competition is really gettin' serious. Back on April Fools' Day, we were looking at a record 209 jokeslingers vying for the crown in this year's Funniest Person in Austin contest..."
"...The storms over Austin this past Monday night might have given King Lear pause, but they didn't deter the crowds wanting to see the finals of the 2010 Funniest Person in Austin contest. Cap City Comedy Club was packed with eager if soggy stand-up enthusiasts and maybe the only spot in town that could be described as sunny..."
"...As of April Fool's Day, 99 comics were jostling for the title of Funniest Person in Austin – a new record for Cap City Comedy Club's annual contest, now in its 23rd year. It took seven weeks to winnow the oversized deck of jokers down to a dozen, and another few hours on Monday, May 19, for the 12 to be whittled to one..."
"...You could not have envied Ramin Nazer being dealt the last slot in the finals for the 27th annual Funniest Person in Austin contest. After all, the later you take the mic in a field of a dozen comics, the more likely the crowd is to be laughed out..."
"...Chris Cannon knows that not everyone in town believes he deserved to win this year's Funniest Person in Austin Contest...."
"...All are funny. By midnight Monday, one will be funni-est, as in the 2016 Funniest Person in Austin...."
"...Eliot's poetic puss: April may be the cruelest month elsewhere, but in our town, it's damn near the funniest. In addition to all the ongoing hilarity in Austin's large and varied comedy scene – Esther's Follies, Master Pancake, Punch!, No Shame Theatre, the Cage Match, stand-up at Cap City Comedy Club and the Velveeta Room, plus about a hundred other improv and sketch shows – the month boasts the biggest bevy of special comedy events on the calendar..."
"...1. The Hideout Coffee House, that Downtown bastion of improv and other arts – recent site of SXSW's Dailymotion outpost (wherein Mac Blake reigned triumphant, laughswise, in an impromptu showcase of some of Austin's best stand-ups) – that Hideout has finally supercharged its restricted liquor license by offering wine-and-vermouth-based cocktails and aperitifs..."
"...Because Danny Palumbo, winner of this year’s Funniest Person in Austin contest at Cap City Comedy Club back in May, is also a chef...."
"...Lashonda Lester was the funniest person in Austin. She used her voice like a whip..."
"...Independent filmmaking is tough, but raising money for indie filmmaking is even tougher. As the Austin Film Society announces the winners of the 2015 AFS Grants, there are a lot more narratives and documentaries, shorts and features, getting closer to appearing on screens...."
"...With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out. Austin Smartt is a local trans woman comedian who’s been presenting her bits around town since last July...."