I guess it makes sense. Portland’s Auggie Smith did win the San Francisco Comedy Competition last month, and he had a permanent spot in the top five of SICC 2010. But he always seemed under the radar…a sleeper pick behind locals Drew Barth and Billy Wayne Davis, who seduced audiences in the early rounds.
Then along came Bremerton—the second-to-last show in the month-long contest. It blew people’s minds.
Quote the SICC blog: I don’t know what it is, but something about our shows at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton… the results that we get from this show so often jumble up the narrative of that year’s competition. This year is no different, as the judges took the expectations and shook them all up…
Auggie came firing right from the start of the show—earning multiple applause breaks in his set and setting the bar impossibly high for those who might follow him. Eddie Pence DID follow him and won the crowd over with his fearlessness and physicality. Billy Wayne Davis, so calm and in control on stage as he talks about a life that seems uncontrollable, delivered another solid performance. Drew Barth had another great set and the night closed with Dax Jordan having, possibly, the best set he’s had this entire competition.
By the time the comics left Bremerton, only a quarter point separated first and third place. It came down to last night’s finale at the Moore Theatre…
1st Auggie Smith, Portland (wins $5,000 cash and a headlining spot at Seattle’s Comedy Underground).
2nd Billy Wayne Davis, Seattle.
3rd Dax Jordan, Portland.
4th Drew Barth, Seattle.
5th Eddie Pence, Los Angeles.
Smith is the first person to win both Seattle and San Fran’s comedy competitions in the same year. Get the man his own Comedy Central special.
We don’t have video from last night, but here’s a little slice of Smith:
|Auggie Smith – Poor Get Poorer|