Comedy competition gears up for quarterfinals

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Comedian Megan Wirts. Courtesy Sunday Night Funnies

Local comedy show The Sunday Night Funnies is getting ready to find the winner of its 2022 Kingpin of Comedy competition.

The Sunday Night Funnies 2022 Kingpin of Comedy competition is kicking off its six quarterfinal rounds at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Spectrum Entertainment Complex, 5656 Clyde Park Ave. SW in Wyoming.

The contest started June 5 with its first of 12 qualifying rounds, which wrapped up last Sunday. The six quarterfinal rounds run Aug. 28- Oct. 2, with three semifinal rounds on Oct. 9, 16, and 23. Finals are held on Oct. 30.

Only 36 of the competition’s original 84 comedians are left to compete in the Kingpin of Comedy quarterfinal.

Each week of the quarterfinals six comedians are given eight minutes to perform. The lineup order is drawn as the show progresses, so the competing performers have no idea of when they’ll be going on stage. Before the show begins, audience members are given a ballot to vote on the competitors. After the last comedian in the competition that night performs, the audience will pick three comedians they feel should advance to the next round. Comics moving on in the competition are announced at the end of the show.

The winner will receive $500 in cash plus prizes from Wyoming businesses Spectrum Entertainment Complex and its neighbor, Craig’s Cruisers, as well as gift cards from LaughFest and the Listening Room and a declaration from Wyoming’s mayor labeling them the “funniest person in town.”

The Sunday Night Funnies is the creation of Grand Rapids standup comedian Brian B. (Brian Borbot.) The show performs live weekly, featuring a variety of comics from Michigan and around the country. Admission is free.

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