Every Tuesday night since May 15, Vaudeville Café has hosted its “Mouth of the South” stand-up comedy competition, open to all comers and a promise of a $1,000 cash prize at the end of the rainbow. Now, the end is near and 12 finalists will compete on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for the title and the cash.
“We had 78 comics from all over sign up—from Florida to Michigan—as well as all the local favorites from this area,” said Vaudeville’s Sandra Moses.
That comic herd was thinned to 35 semi-finalists before the Top 12 were chosen for finals. According to Moses, Eric Yoder of the Funny Business Booking Agency will be the final arbiter of comic taste. The top comic will be booking with Yoder's Funny Business agency for future shows around the country as part of the winnings.
The finals begin at 8 p.m. at the comedy club and mystery dinner theater, located at 138 Market St. Admission is free. For more details, contact Vaudeville Café at (423) 517-1839 or visit funnydinner.com.
Here is the line-up of the finalists with links to clips of their stand-up:
Jamie Ward: http://youtu.be/5n4NjZrqdD0
Anderson Scott: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=btn3AOtEm6k
Jerry Harvey: http://youtu.be/_d0JPwfp048
Jonna Mitchell Robinson aka Red Squirrell: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7GqqCIE3HSA
Corey Ryan Forrester: http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/ CoreyForrester
James Cherry: http://youtu.be/FjxCqxwM9WM
Nick Dressel: http://youtu.be/cVKiTNilC3c
Christian Salso: http://youtu.be/mcdNBAAuOOs
Ben Thompson: http://youtu.be/pDjmY77DWNY
Chad Rosser: http://youtu.be/RtKTWG7QfRU
Drinks specials with $2.25 drafts and $1 shots will be on hand to augment your night out while enjoying this unique and special evening of talented comics.