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Laughlin Laugh Fest: 2nd Place Big Win

October 3-5 in Laughlin, Nevada, I was proud to be part of the Laughlin Laugh Fest. The festival brought together something like fifty comics from all over the country. I was entered in the headliner contest — twenty comics competed for $10,000 in prize money. There were three rounds in the contest, ten comics moved on to the semi-finals, five comics competed in the final round, top three comics earned money.  All three rounds were hosted by Felipe Esparza (winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, 2010). Dale Jones won first place, I took 2nd prize, Julia Scotti finished third.

There are two reasons I am so very proud of my 2nd place win. Most importantly, the panel of five judges were esteemed comedy industry professionals, all of whom I greatly respect and whose opinions I greatly value. I’ve been at this crazy comedy game for more than 25 years. It’s nice to know that some comedy VIPs think my unique style of joke slinging is a good (funny) thing. Judging all three rounds were: Michelle Scarbrough, agent at ICM Partners; Randi Siegel of Ranid Siegel Entertainment; Joel Pace booking agent at Comedy Zone Worldwide; and comedians Randy Lubas and Richy Leis. The other reason I am so proud of my finish is the guy that came in 1st place is (in my opinion) the funniest guy out there — and I mean fantastically funny and way “out there.” Different is GOOD! Jones received a partial standing ovation in the final round. I posted to my Facebook page the pic below, “Congrats to Dale Jones for winning the Laughlin Laugh Fest. And thanks for making finishing 2nd my biggest win!”

The Laughlin Laugh Fest had had something for everybody. For comedy fans it had three days of great shows: New Faces, Female Comedy Show, After Hours MA Rated, Comedy Contest, Open Mic Lightning Round,  Don Barnhart Comedy Hypnotist. Plus TWO BIG shows at the Laughlin Event Center: Friday night with with Dana Carvey, Tim Meadows, Kris Katton; and on Saturday night Larry the Cable Guy with Reno Coulier and Don Banhart. For the young comics there was a business seminar and Q&A on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with Michelle Scarbrough, Randi Siegel , Barry Neal, Joel Pace, Don Barnhart, Richie Lies (who books Flappers Comedy Club) and Randy Lubas (who books Ventura Harbor Comedy Club). For the comics that were invited to the festival, there were terrific venues for comedy shows at classy casinos that provided us with great crowds.

Great thanks to all who made the Laughlin Laugh Fest such a success: Barry Neal, Christine Nichols, Michele Borja of Entertainment Max who produced the event; Golden Nugget LaughlinTropicana LaughlinHarrah’s LaughlinPioneer Gambling HallEdgewater Casino who provided excellent venues and had terrific and helpful staffs. Mary Ellen Hooper, Fillipe Espeza, and Johnny Watson who hosted shows. CONGRATULATIONS to the Laughlin Laugh Fest on its first year’s success!

BOTTOM LINE: I rate the Laughlin Laugh Fest five stars. I laughed. I learned. I fretted. I celebrated. I had a blast. Great thanks to all my lucky stars!

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