Savannah Comedy Revue’s 12th Annual Comic Battle

Benefit for Union Mission: Comics battling for the funny and the money

For those who enjoy classic stand-up comedy, join the Savannah Comedy Revue on Sat., Nov. 13 for their 12th Annual Comic Battle at Club One.

“The comedy contest is essentially an audition for local and seasoned comics,” said Tom Paris, founder of Savannah Comedy Revue. “Casting directors will be there, talent scouts, people who own comedy clubs, and well-known comics as judges. So, it’s a way for comedians in the regional area to expose their talent and get leads on jobs.” 

According to Paris, he likes to put on a benefit show every year to give back to the community and this year he merged with 83 year-old comedian Jerry Farber for this year’s comic battle. 

Farber is currently walking over 330 miles from Columbus to Savannah to raise awareness about homelessness and its impact. Paris says the Savannah Comedy Revue is working with Union Mission in Savannah along with Farber to help raise money for the cause.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the community so we always try to do some type of benefit show,” said Paris. “This year Jerry wanted to work with me since he was doing his walk to Savannah so we kinda merged together. He’s walking to Savannah Comedy Revue to put on a benefit show and judge the comedy contest. His performance will take place between the comic battle and the awards.”

Paris added that comics competing in the battle will have five minutes to bring their best material to the stage for a chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes. 

“The contestants are going to be judged on their ability of performing comedy...their originality, etc. The judges obviously aren’t going to choose someone who does a Rodney Dangerfield joke,” Paris said chuckling. 

In addition to winning a cash prize, Paris added that all of the comics will be recorded and the top three winners’ performances will be sent to America’s Got Talent for a potential shot to audition for the show.

“We’re in partnership with America’s Got Talent and they’re always looking for new acts,” Paris said. “They asked us if we would consider sending in our winners (as long as they aren’t profane) so all of the contestants will be recorded on stage. If chosen by AGT, they will be put in front of the line for their auditions. We’ve had three people in past years who have actually been chosen for auditions. Our comic battle has really opened the doors for a lot of up and coming comics in our regional area.”

Paris also added that after the top three winners’ receive their prizes, a fourth place winner will be chosen by the audience.

“Since the judges decide three winners, we decided to start awarding a fourth winner, audience chosen. That way everyone is happy,” he said laughing. “Our shows are good for everyone, they prevent stress! I’m really looking forward to the return of our comic battle, benefiting a great cause, and presenting comedy the way it should be presented.”

Savannah Comedy Revue’s annual comic battle will start at 8 p.m. on Sat., Nov 13 at Club One located at 1 Jefferson St. To purchase tickets or for more information visit savannahcomedyrevue.com


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