Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Which Local Comedian Should Win Best of Tucson?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The local comedian scene is supreme. I might be bias. But I have performed stand up comedy in different cities and worked out new material at various open mics around the country, and I haven't seen the kind of talent Tucson has. I'm not talking about the working comedians in Los Angeles and New York, of course. Naturally, a couple of big names have come from the Old Pueblo. Pablo Francisco and Craig Gass are popular acts that once called Tucson home.

Editor Dan Gibson has added a slew of new categories and best local comedian is one of them. Maybe former Colbert Report intern Amanda Hurley, Laffs' Amateur Island contest winner Josiah Osego and runner up Andrew Horneman will win. The trio are currently competing in Arizona's Funniest Comedian contest. Pauly Casillas is a local professional that has opened Russell Peters and Rob Delaney. Casillas has thousands of Twitter followers, made the hilarious comedy show @Midnight and hosts The Switch with Jacob Breckenridge every first Monday at Plush. Kevin William Lee hosts various open mics, and recently opened Doug Stanhope and Kristine Levine. The Star's editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons has received a number of votes, and I'm not surprised after watching him work the crowd at the Festival Books this year. There's the Happy Tuesday crew Bridgitte Thum, Mike Sterner, Mikey Dean, Ben Dietzel and the rest of the Tucson Improv Movement comedians.

I know I'm forgetting a number of local comics that are worthy of a mention. That's where you come in and vote for them right now. Don't forget to (honestly) praise your favorite comedian the next time you see them after their performance. Kevin Smith once said it takes zero effort to praise an artist.

I'm very excited to see who will win this year's title because there's so many to choose from.

Tags: , , ,

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Staff Pick

Butterfly Magic

Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids… More

@ Tucson Botanical Gardens Oct. 1-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Tucson Marches for Equality (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch Begins in Earnest (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Lando Chill Drops Latest Vid ('Early in the Morning') And it's Lovely, and it Kicks Ass. (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Southern Arizona Sanctuary Movement Makes a Statement (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation