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Celebrating Shondee Superstar
Cap City Comedy hosts a benefit for Lashonda Lester's family
"...Club. On the wall where pictures of all the FPIA contest winners hang, Lester's photo stands out – hers..."

June 27, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Joke 'Stache
Danny Palumbo wins Funniest Person in Austin 2015, advances equal rights for facial hair
"...of color claim the crown. That said, with the FPIA, the bottom line has always been the punch line,..."

May 22, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
Cap City Comedy Club launches its biggest joke-slinging competition yet on the funniest day of the year
"...years in second place, collar the comedy crown? Will FPIA 2012 Ramin Nazer surrender the title, or will he..."

March 29, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Ups and Downs of Comedy
Hanging with the stand-ups for a look into the life
"...they drop in here. Part of that is the FPIA – that's when all the industry comes here. It's..."

Dec. 31, 2010 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Funniest Person in Austin 2017: Enzo Priesnitz
Somebody had to win it, y’know, and this is the guy
"...the snazzy venue that originated and has produced the FPIA over its many years, that (literal) crown & its..."

May 16, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Comics
The stand-up people behind the city's comedy scene
"...time, her stand-up career caught fire. Lester took the FPIA crown, recorded her first album with Minneapolis-based Stand Up!..."

March 31, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Funniest Person Finals/Andy Ritchie Tribute
Before you see the new FPIA, stop by Andy's Balthazar Lounge
"...You can always count on the finals round of FPIA to field a lineup of entertaining local comics, but..."

May 16, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Funniest Person in Austin 2014
Cody Hustak reveals the secrets to his success in this year's comedy competition
"...to learn how he prevailed over the other 200-plus FPIA competitors...."

May 30, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ryan Cownie Has Up and Taken Over Avalanche Comedy
And Chris Cubas, on his way to Kansas City, swears this is a good thing
"...the contest. I dunno. How has Cubas not won FPIA?..."

Nov. 4, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Mac & Cheers
Mac Blake snags the crown of Funniest Person in Austin 2013
"...win. Long gone are the days in which the FPIA finals were padded with the occasional promising amateur or..."

May 21, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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
"...kicked off way back in 1978. And when the FPIA began eight years later, it was in March initially,..."

April 13, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Where Comedy Lives
Austin stand-ups have a complex – and it's called the Sandstone Apartments
"...That's Andy Ritchie, 2011's Funniest Person in Austin, aka FPIA, with Cubas second, as judged during Cap City Comedy..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Velveeta Pack
An all-star team of Austin comics faces down the ROT Rally's hordes of hogs
"...winner Kerry Awn, the comedy crew includes JR Brow (FPIA 1992), Howard Beecher (FPIA 1997), Matt Sadler (Carnival Comedy..."

June 11, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash
Competing choreographers cash in as comics stand up to joke for big money
"...host Cap City Comedy Club is using this milestone FPIA to lend a hand to two organizations that make..."

April 16, 2010 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Ramsey's King
How an unknown law student became this year's Funniest Person in Austin
"...And now that he's won the FPIA title, will he put the legal profession aside to..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Culture Flash!
The funniest person in town now, Austinite responsible for critical mass, 'Intergalactic' to go national, and the Map covers downtown
"...consistently cracking up the most judges in this year's FPIA competition. Second place went to Jimmy "Always a Bridesmaid"..."

June 3, 2005 Arts Column

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events this Weekend
Instead of just staring dully at that Roseanne reboot, right?
"...5) The annual Funniest Person In Austin competition at..."

March 29, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up
Who makes the jokes, where you can see them, and who keeps the scene running in a city where laughing matters
"...of April Fools' Day, the start of this year's FPIA contest this week, and the return of the mammoth..."

March 31, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Annual Events
Festivals aren't just for music and film
"...hunters from Hollywood, New York, and beyond. That makes FPIA not just impressive here, but nationally. Who will accept..."

March 31, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

SXSW Comedy: Completely Official Showcase of Comedy
Even in a lineup of stars, Austin’s Lashonda Lester is the one to watch
"...This year, thanks to the FPIA recognition and some other stars aligning, she’s traveled to..."

March 12, 2017 Arts Post by Carina Magyar

Funniest Person in Austin 2016: Lashonda Rules!
Lashonda Lester takes the title in the competition's 31st year
"...and shattered whatever glass ceiling has hung over the FPIA since 2000, when marvelous Martha Kelly was the last..."

May 17, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Ella Gale & Katie Stone: Naughty Bits
Who says sex is no laughing matter?
"...of nowhere, it seemed like, to knock last year’s FPIA contest upside the head with her goofy, geeky humor)..."

Feb. 8, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

In the Bounce House with Comedian Danny Palumbo
2015’s Funniest Person in Austin is cooking on all burners
"...sure to mention – it was Ramin Nazer (the FPIA of 2012, no less) who built the actual websites.]..."

Nov. 18, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Moontower 2014, Day 1: Local Laughs
Feeling funny about Austin's Mac Blake and Brendan K. O'Grady
"...Austin and Mascot Wedding co-host, Mac Blake, and 2014 FPIA hopeful and co-host of Sure Thing, Brendan K. O’Grady...."

April 23, 2014 Arts Post by Ashley Moreno

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Your quick guide to the national headliners and local laugh makers at Fun Fun Fun 2013
"...Doug Mellard (Sun., 3:50pm) 2006 FPIA/co-creator of The Hooligan Show spits out punch lines like..."

Nov. 8, 2013 Arts Feature by Russ Espinoza

Comedian Chris Cubas Gets His 'Movie Interruption' On
The stand-up star leaves Austin for the Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City
"...perform a fair amount of times. He judged the FPIA contest, and he's seen me enough in the last..."

Nov. 4, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Five Cool Things You Might Wanna Check Out This Weekend
Because there's good reason to celebrate, right now, isn't there?
"...decent opening act. But, since the show's opener is FPIA winner Mac Blake (of terrific, pro-level sketch troupe Stag..."

June 26, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
From 209 contenders, the final 12 emerge to duke it out for this year's comedy crown
"...The road to FPIA 2013 ends Monday, May 20, 8pm, at Cap City..."

May 17, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Five New Things In Austin's Comedy Scene
A quintuple shot of Lakkalikööri for all my friends
"...what OOB does for the improv scene and what FPIA does for the stand-ups. We've also broadened our definition..."

March 22, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Comics for Courage
Funnyman Christopher Cannon is serious about helping veterans
"...Person in Austin 1995 – Cannon has tapped fellow FPIA winners Howard Beecher (1997), Bryan Gutmann (2007), and reigning..."

Nov. 2, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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