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Sacramento Comedy Festival

I was in the Sacramento Comedy Festival this weekend.

I entered at the start of the year, just after getting back from San Francisco Sketchfest, and I was pretty excited when I heard that I was in, and then much less excited when I heard that it was going to be a contest.

My experience with contests so far is that they're code for 'bringer show.' In other words, if you want to win, you're going to pack the audience with as many friends, co-workers, and family members as you can so they will vote for you, and just happen to buy tickets and a minimum of two drinks from the club while they're there.

And then I got there, and everything about the shows was terrific. The Sacramento Comedy Spot is a cool club with a better location than any club in LA, with great staff, who picked a lineup of comics that was both diverse in style and not awful to watch. To my further surprise, the contest was decided by somewhat anonymous judges. I'm sure this system has its own set of problems, but whatever they may be, they're different from the trap I thought I was walking into, and it seemed fair and square to me.

The clip found at the top is from my set in the semi-finals, where I was knocked out of the contest. It was my favorite part of the set because it's relatively new and they were so into it.

So my thanks to the Comedy Spot for having me and my fellow comics for being funny and the crowds that showed up and were bigger than maybe anywhere I've ever performed. I look forward to seeing all of you again.

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