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Funniest Person in Austin 2017: Enzo Priesnitz
Somebody had to win it, y’know, and this is the guy
DAILY Arts  May 16, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...It's Monday night, May 15, 2017, deep in the can't-stop-laughing-where's-that-fucking-defibrillator heart of Texas, and the winner of the 32nd annual Funniest Person in Austin contest is Enzo Priesnitz...."

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
Cap City Comedy Club launches its biggest joke-slinging competition yet on the funniest day of the year
Arts Story  March 29, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2014
Cody Hustak reveals the secrets to his success in this year's comedy competition
Arts Story  May 29, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Funniest Person in Austin 2016: Lashonda Rules!
Lashonda Lester takes the title in the competition's 31st year
DAILY Arts  May 17, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Funniest Person in Austin Contest
After an especially lengthy deliberation, Andy Ritchie takes the comedy crown
Arts Story  May 20, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

2009 Funniest Person in Austin Contest
From a strong field of 14 comics, Bryson Turner took this year's comedy crown
Arts Story  May 22, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Funniest Person In Austin Contest
The competition's so fierce for the 2009 finals, it's not even funny ... but it is!
Arts Story  May 15, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Funniest Person in Austin Semifinals
Wayne Alan Brenner describes being a judge for one of the semifinal rounds of the 2006 Funniest Person in Austin Contest at Cap City Comedy Club
Arts Story  May 12, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
From 209 contenders, the final 12 emerge to duke it out for this year's comedy crown
Arts Story  May 17, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2010
In the competition's 25th year, the crown goes to comeback kid Lucas Molandes
Arts Story  May 21, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

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
Arts Story  May 23, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2012
The comic crowned king this year had the Nazer's edge
Arts Story  May 18, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Funniest Person Finals/Andy Ritchie Tribute
Before you see the new FPIA, stop by Andy's Balthazar Lounge
DAILY Arts  May 16, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...All are funny. By midnight Monday, one will be funni-est, as in the 2016 Funniest Person in Austin...."

All Over Creation: A Brief History of Laugh Riots in Austin
As April overflows with comedy festivals, an overview of Austin's celebrations of funny
Arts Column  April 13, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Five New Things In Austin's Comedy Scene
A quintuple shot of Lakkalikööri for all my friends
DAILY Arts  March 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

In the Bounce House with Comedian Danny Palumbo
2015’s Funniest Person in Austin is cooking on all burners
DAILY Arts  November 18, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

In Memoriam: Lashonda Lester
Remembering the Queen of Austin Comedy, who died April 6
DAILY Arts  April 7, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...Lashonda Lester was the funniest person in Austin. She used her voice like a whip..."

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events this Weekend
Instead of just staring dully at that Roseanne reboot, right?
DAILY Arts  March 29, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...3) Our theatre reviewer Shanon Weaver, who knows a thing or two about putting on a show, insists that the Austin Playhouse production of Shakespeare in Love – a staging of that popular thespian-forward movie, yes – well, he says they’re knocking it outta the park over there in what used to be part of the Highland Mall. Which means – word to the wise, if you’re looking for a total date-night excursion this weekend – that you could also conveniently stop for a java and a bite at Kick Butt Coffee on your way there...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

2017 Austin Sketch Festival: What to See
Maybe all of it, yes – but OMG let’s not be ridiculous
DAILY Arts  May 22, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Austin Sketch Festival kicks off tonight and goes madly, gloriously, all the way until Sunday’s over and the last afterparty has disintegrated in a cloud of weary laughter, stale Doritos, and the faint tang of instant nostalgia...."

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