Seattle International Comedy Competition Winner Zoltan Kaszas | Q/A

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Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Before winning the the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, Zoltan Kaszas was an injured wannabe professional wrestler performing in a converted warehouse doubling as a comedy club.

Now, the 26-year-old from San Marcos, Calif. is meeting with an agent and a talent coordinator for Fox Television.

On stage Kaszas, who once coached a youth soccer team, uses observational humor and anecdotal jokes from his personal life to get laughs.

“I wouldn’t have signed up to coach if they had told me that all their games are on Saturday mornings at 7,” he said. “I like to drink. I’m not teaching these kids anything except what a whiskey hangover smells like.”

Kaszas spoke over the phone to us about his big win and the plans he has for the future.

How long have you been performing?

I’ve been doing stand up for 7 years now. I was 19 when I got started. Doing comedy wasn’t my original dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, but I have bad shoulders. I was going to get surgery and I was like well I have to do something while I’m in a cast for six months. I always loved stand up and I was always the one cracking jokes, making people laugh, but I never thought I could do it.

What was your first time on stage like?

First time was in summer 2006. There was a small open mike in San Diego in a warehouse they were calling a comedy club. Like an idiot I brought 10 of my friends to come watch because for some reason I thought I was going to do well my first time doing stand up. I got six minutes, it was weird. I got some laughs but they were in spaces I wasn’t expecting to get them. Overall I did poorly.

I did the open mic, bombed and that made me more interested in trying to do well at this thing — so much so that I got booked for a couple shows and I cancelled my surgery and I’m still walking around with banged up shoulders.

Do you have a job outside of comedy?

I still have a part-time job at a mechanic shop in San Diego. I do the books, I’m like the secretary. Hopefully in 2014 I’ll get enough gigs, especially after winning this contest, that I can move away from that.

A lot of your material is based on personal experiences, does that make it difficult to write new jokes?

It forces me to go live life, like when someone comes up and goes: “Hey, you wanna go salsa dancing?” I should say no. Everything in me says no, but something might come of that.

What’s next for you?

When I first got into the competition I had no idea what it could lead to. I’m going back to the Seattle Comedy Underground to headline there and there’s a few other clubs that I can break in to headline which is pretty good money for me.

I’m meeting with an agent next week in Los Angeles and I have a meeting with the lady that’s in charge of casting at Fox Television in January. These are the things I wasn’t expecting at all to come from the competition, but that’s what has come of it so far. It’s been really positive.

It gets you seen by the right people, which hasn’t happened yet in my seven years. This was the first real thing like that to happen for me.

You have a first name made for a sci-fi villain, do you get a lot of questions about it?

I was born in Budapest, Hungry. It’s a family name and I was named after my grandfather.  (As a kid) it was an asset. I moved around a lot and it’s a good attention getter. It doesn’t really rhyme with anything, which made it playground safe.

Share a one liner?

This is a true story. After a show once, I got into an argument with a feminist over the gender of God. The feminist was trying to tell me God was a female and I was just trying to tell her not to speak unless she was spoken to.

Zoltan Kaszas

8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Comedy Underground along with Bob Bledsoe. Tickets are $12-15.

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Twitter 5000 dollár és szerződés ütötte a markát a budapesti születésű, Kaliforniában élő Kaszás Zoltánnak Seattle-ben, a világ legnagyobb turnézó humorfesztiválján.

A budapesti születésű, San Diegóban élő Kaszás Zoltán nyerte meg a 34. Éves Nemzetközi Komédiavetélkedőt Seattle-ben – adta hírül a Hír24 a Bellevue Business Journal híre alapján.

A nyertest 1300 jelentkező közül választották ki. A seattle-i Comedy Undergroundban rendezett döntő után ötezer dollárral jutalmazták. Emellett lemezszerződést kötött vele az Uproar Entertainment, valamint garantáltak neki két további fellépést Seattle-ben.

A seattle-i vetélkedő a világ legnagyobb turnézó humorfesztiválja. A versenyzők produkcióit nagy figyelemmel kísérik az ABC, a CBS, az NBC, a Fox, a Disney és a Comedy Central producerei.

Az alábbi videón Kaszás a melegházasságról, illetve annak egyik ellenzőjéről beszél keresetlen egyszerűséggel, altesti utalásoktól sem mentesen.

Hungarian-Born Comic Zoltan Kaszas wins Seattle Comedy Competition

12/02/2013 By  0 Comments
Zoltan Kaszas Winner of 2014 Seattle Comedy CompetitionAfter 22 shows over 26 days in 19 venues, San Diego comedian Zoltan Kaszas has won the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition.


The Five Finalists Square Off In the Seattle International Comedy Competition

The stakes are high and the laughs are plentiful as the stand-up comedy battle enters its last week.
Published Nov 25, 2013, 1:50pm


The finalists (L-R): Dave Merheje, Zoltan Kaszas, Graham Kay, Trenton Davis, Rodger Lizaola.

After a month of laughs up and down the Puget Sound, the Seattle International Comedy Competition has narrowed its field from 32 stand-up comedians to five finalists. The finals kick off this Wednesday, November 27 at Vashon Island’s Vashon Theater, takes Thanksgiving off, then finish up Nov 29–Dec 1 at Kirkland Performance Center, Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre, and Comedy Underground.

There’s not a turkey among this year’s SICC finalists. All of the remaining comedians offers a distinctly different style—from Torontonian Graham Kay’s semi-goofy, Brian Regan-esque delivery to Seattleite Rodger Lizaola’s focused fury—so the shows should have something to suit most comedic tastes. (Full discourse: I was a judge for the semifinal round and all of the finalists were ranked in the top six on my scorecard, with the only discrepancy coming between 5th and 6th place. So these guys are legitimately the best the competition had to offer.)

In the final round, each stand-up performs a 15–20 minute set of their best material. The winner receives a recording contract Uproar Entertainment and $5,000. Those looking to escape the bad jokes bandied about at Thanksgiving family gatherings needn’t look any further.

Seattle International Comedy Competition
Thru Dec 1, Various venues, $17–$27

The Seattle Times. Winner of Eight Pulitzer Prizes.

Fri, Nov 8, 2013


Seattle International Comedy Competition Week One Results

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(L-R: Trenton Davis-3rd, Kortney Shane William-Tied 5th, Parker Postyeni-Tied 5th, Laura Hayden-4th, Gabriel Rutledge-MC, Sam Demaris-2nd, Steve Hofstetter-1st). (Photo by Jeff Albertson)

(L-R: Trenton Davis-3rd, Kortney Shane William-Tied 5th, Parker Postyeni-Tied 5th, Laura Hayden-4th, Gabriel Rutledge-MC, Sam Demaris-2nd, Steve Hofstetter-1st). (Photo by Jeff Albertson)

The 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition began last night at the Columbia City Theater with 16 comedians each trying to win over the audience and the judges to advance to the next round. The night, hosted by Gabriel Rutledge, featured each comedian performing 7-minute sets.

First place went to Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY), whose brutal take down of hecklers is well documented on Youtube.

“Don’t call me a ginger,” the redheaded Hofstetter warned the audience, “Only we can use that word, call me a “ginga” instead. It’s the “er” at the end of the G-word that is offensive.”

Seattle comedians Kortney Shane Williams and Parker Postyeni were awarded a tie for fifth place.

In his set Williams lambasted Yelp and people who rely on it for restaurant recommendations.

“Don’t trust Yelp reviews,” Williams said. “Yelp is something a dog does before it dies.”

The competition continues through Dec. 1 and a full schedule is available here.

Seattle International Comedy Competition Preliminary Week One-Night One Top 5 (+1) Results:

1st: Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY)
2nd: Sam Demaris (Houston, TX)
3rd: Trenton Davis (Chicago, IL)
4th: Laura Hayden (Hermosa Beach, CA)
5th (tie): Kortney Shane Williams (Seattle, WA)
5th (tie): Parker Postyeni (Seattle, WA)

Seattle International Comedy Competition comes to Langley

posted Nov 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The fourth night of the Seattle International Comedy Competition comes to Langley this Saturday.

The competition is an annual, multi-week, stand-up comedy contest. Thirty-two professional comedians will perform in shows throughout the Pacific Northwest for audiences and judges.

Sixteen comedians will perform on the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts stage for the competition.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at 565 Camano Ave., Langley.

“We have a wide variety of styles from the conventional to the absurd deadpan comedy,” said Ron Reid, producer of the show. “There’s something for everybody’s taste here.”

The 34th annual competition began Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Seattle. The month-long competition features 22 shows around Western Washington, from Tacoma to Bellingham.

More than 1,200 submissions were received for the show. The comedians will compete for more than $15,000 in total cash prizes with the winner receiving $6,000 and a recording contract.

The contest will have six shows for the preliminary rounds. Each comedian performs for a 5-minute set. Comedians will be scored by a panel of judges.

The ongoing competition will conclude at the Comedy Underground on Dec. 1 in Seattle.

Reid said the show gives audiences the rare opportunity to see many professional comedians in one place.

Tickets for the show cost $20. The show is uncensored and not suitable for children.

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