Are you the Funniest Person in Austin?

FPIA2015It’s that time of year again. Cap City Comedy Club is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Funniest Person in Austin contest! It’s the 30th year of the esteemed contest and previous winners have included Moontower favorites like Brendon Walsh, Matt Bearden, Mac Blake, and current title holder Cody Hustak.

If you think you have what it takes to make the grade, you can pick up a submission form at the club or download a form here. Or, if you’re like me and just want to watch the circus, the prelims begin on Tuesday, April 6th, and will continue on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays through Tuesday, May 5th. Semi-Final nights are currently scheduled for Sunday, May 10th through Tuesday, May 12th. The Final night of the contest will be Monday, May 18th. It’s a great way to go deeper into the Austin scene and see all that it has to offer.

Here are the rules according to the submission form:

1. Contestants must be currently residing in or around the Austin area. Qualifying zip codes are 787xx, 786xx, 789xx.
2. You must perform at least five minutes, but no more than six minutes during preliminary rounds. No exceptions!
3. In order to qualify to compete, some contestants may be required to submit a five-minute audio/video tape or provide references from funny people.
4. Material must be original. If it is not, you will be disqualified and everyone will hate you.
5. In order to compete, entry forms plus a $15.00(no t-shirt)/$25(includes t-shirt) fee must be submitted to the Capitol City Comedy Club by midnight Monday, March 30th. If available, please submit any headshot/bio information along with application.


2013 FPIA winner Mac Blake

mm John Merriman

John Merriman has worked with the Moontower festival since it's inception in 2012. He is the co-host of the festival's long-running interview series "Inside Joke" where he has interviewed luminaries including Steven Wright, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. Before Moontower, he spent five years at the Austin Film Fesival as a film programmer where he helped launch the Comedy Vanguard program and the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin series. He has called Austin his home since 1996.

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