DSI Comedy Theater will once again give audiences a chance to crown the funniest person in North Carolina as it hosts Carolina's Funniest. Now in its 5th year, this competition runs throughout the month of March. Shows are every Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. 36 comedians will compete for $1500 in cash and prizes. Tickets to each round cost $12 and all shows run at DSI Comedy Theater, 200 N. Greensboro Street in the Carr Mill Mall between Elmo's and Southern Rail. Tickets and more information can be found at www.dsicomedy.com.
DSI has become the venue in The Triangle for Alternative Standup Comedy over the past five years. In addition to running an incredibly successful comedy festival, DSI has presented Louis CK, Eddie Brill, Mike MacRae, Emo Phillips, hostEd Kumail Nanjiani's Christmas Eve Eve Spectacular two years in a row, and the Beards of Comedy CD Release. The 2012 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival featured a showcase with Eddie Brill and headlining show with Mike Birbiglia.
Following the changes made last year, the competition will begin with 36 comedians and each week the pool will be paired down until there are four comics standing who will compete Friday, March 30th for the title of Carolina's Funniest Comic. Each week, the audience gets to decide who stays and who goes home.
The winner will ultimately earn $1000 and a slot in the 2013 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. Last year's winner, Brad Schnurr, performed last month in an All Star Talent Showcase at the NCCAF, headlined by the Late Show with David Letterman warm-up comic, Eddie Brill. The second place winner will take home $300 and the third and fourth place winners will also take home prize money.
2012 CAROLINA'S FUNNIEST SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND: (top three from each night move on)
Thursday, March 1, 9 p.m. -- 9 comics perform a 5 minute set.
Friday, March 2, 9 p.m. -- 9 comics perform a 5 minute set.
Thursday, March 8, 9 p.m. -- 9 comics perform a 5 minute set.
Friday, March 9, 9 p.m. -- 9 comics perform a 5 minute set.
SECOND ROUND (top two from each night move on to the SEMIFINALS)
Thursday, March 15, 9 p.m. -- 6 COMICS perform 8 minute sets
Friday, March 16, 9 p.m. -- 6 COMICS perform 8 minute sets
Thursday, March 22, 9 p.m. -- 6 COMICS perform 8 minute sets
Friday, March 23, 9 p.m. -- 6 COMICS perform 8 minute sets
SEMIFINAL ROUND (top four move on the CHAMPIONSHIPS)
Thursday, March 29 9 p.m. -- 8 comics perform 8 minute sets.
Friday, March 30, 9 p.m. -- 4 comics perform 15 minutes