Seattle International Comedy Competition Semi-Finals at BPA Nov. 19

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) Hosts
The 37th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Semi-Finals
ONE NIGHT ONLY Saturday, November 19 @ 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the semi-finals in the 37th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition – one night only at BPA. The competition starts in early November and continues nightly at venues throughout the region until a winner is crowned on Sunday, November 27 at Snoqualmie Casino in North Bend. Featuring professional comedians from around the globe, it’s America’s biggest touring comedy festival: 26 Days - 22 Shows – 18 Venues – 33 comedians – over $15,000 in cash prizes – and talent executives from television networks, movie studios, managers, agents and producers.

In the two “preliminary” rounds of 16-17 comedians, each comedian gets five minutes to impress. A combination of entertainment industry and celebrity judges and audience reaction determines who moves on when each performer’s five best scores are tallied. The top five comics from the preliminaries make the semi-finals. All semi-finalists win some cash and get to compete for the title by performing for 10 minutes nightly in the next round of shows. Finalists are announced at the last semi-final show – five comedians get to go big, and five get to go home. After two days to recover and plan, the final round begins on November 22. After visits to theaters in Vashon, Kirkland, Bremerton and North Bend, we will have a new champion. Follow the action online at or

Semi-finalists in the 37th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition appear at BPA one night only on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 per person, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. The performance is not suitable for children.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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