Photo by Peter Greyy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30 2008
After 23 shows in 26 days in 19 Washington venues, Los Angeles-based comedian TOMMY SAVITT, a former attorney turned stand up comic, was named the winner of the 29th Annual Seattle International StandUp Comedy Competition after a final sold-out show on Sunday November 30, 2008 at Seattle's Comedy Underground.
The Brooklyn native, who is still licensed to practice law in New York and California, defeated all comers to take the grand prize of $5000 and a recording contract with national comedy label Uproar Entertainment.
Finishing second, and taking home $2000, was young Olympia resident Nate Jackson, a graduate of Eastern Washington University who has spent most of the last few years pursuing fame and fortune in Hollywood.
Third prize of $1500 went to the pride of Preston, Idaho Todd Johnson; 4th ($1300) was 24 year old Justin Rupple from Issaquah, WA; placing 5th ($1200) was Canadian representative Lars Callieou of Edmonton, Alberta.
Mr. Savitt, who had made the finals of the event in 2004 and was the 2007 winner of the Boston Comedy Festival, will be making a "victory tour" of area comedy venues, including Friday and Saturday December 5 and 6 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland; Thursday through Sunday December 11-13 at The Comedy Underground in Seattle's Pioneer Square; and New Year's Eve at the Historic Everett Theatre in downtown Everett.
The 2008 edition of the Seattle Competition was sponsored by Pagliacci Pizza, The Seattle Weekly, and 103.7 FM The Mountain.