The finalists (L-R): Dave Merheje, Zoltan Kaszas, Graham Kay, Trenton Davis, Rodger Lizaola.

After a month of laughs up and down the Puget Sound, the Seattle International Comedy Competition has narrowed its field from 32 stand-up comedians to five finalists. The finals kick off this Wednesday, November 27 at Vashon Island's Vashon Theater, takes Thanksgiving off, then finish up Nov 29–Dec 1 at Kirkland Performance Center, Bremerton's Admiral Theatre, and Comedy Underground.

There's not a turkey among this year's SICC finalists. All of the remaining comedians offers a distinctly different style—from Torontonian Graham Kay's semi-goofy, Brian Regan-esque delivery to Seattleite Rodger Lizaola's focused fury—so the shows should have something to suit most comedic tastes. (Full discourse: I was a judge for the semifinal round and all of the finalists were ranked in the top six on my scorecard, with the only discrepancy coming between 5th and 6th place. So these guys are legitimately the best the competition had to offer.)

In the final round, each stand-up performs a 15–20 minute set of their best material. The winner receives a recording contract Uproar Entertainment and $5,000. Those looking to escape the bad jokes bandied about at Thanksgiving family gatherings needn't look any further.

Seattle International Comedy Competition
Thru Dec 1, Various venues, $17–$27

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