Rodger Lizaola, a California native who moved to Seattle in 2003, is one of five comedians—and the only local—to advance from the first round of the 30th Annual Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition; other finalists include Matt Billon of Toronto, Andy Haynes of New York, Steve Monroe of Los Angeles, and Jose Sarduy of Miami.

The second round of preliminaries, featuring 16 new competitors, starts tonight at 8 at the Comedy Underground. For more info on the competition and to buy tickets, click here.