Funniest Person in Austin 2008: Crowning Krug
After the final punch line in this year's contest was delivered, the last laugh belonged to Eric Krug
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. After the final punch line was delivered, the last laugh belonged to Eric Krug, a comic who only made his first trip to the mic in November 2005 but who quickly found his comedic voice and has become a standout at stand-up. This writer wasn't at the finals, but if Krug's set was anything like the one in the semis – I'm still chuckling over his "college boy" insults and the game show Tupac or Anne Frank? – the win was well-deserved. In addition to the cheesy crown and cape traditionally bestowed on the winner, Krug receives $1,500. Congratulations to him, second-place winner Jeremy Neal, and third-place winner Dale Alexander.
If you want to catch the new FPIA in action, he'll be headlining at the Velveeta Room Friday & Saturday, June 6 & 7, 9:30 & 11:30pm, and at Cap City June 10-14, hosting the Mish Mash Show with David Huntsburger Tuesday-Wednesday, then opening for Josh Blue Thursday-Saturday. For more information, visit www.capcitycomedy.com.