Last night the Philly's Phunniest Contest launched with the first night of preliminary round competition. The contest promises to bring a extremely competitive array of stand-up styles and material from across the city and its surrounding areas. A few highlights:
Josh Bennett recounted some crazy tales as a public school teacher that kept the crowd entertained and Dan Sawyer brought an energetic set that included jokes about bidding on eBay drunk.
Brendan Kennedy shared, amongst many things, a riddle about an ex-girlfriend of six years that moved away. Steve Balbier put together E-ZPass and Sonny Corleone (think about it) and got a good reception from the crowd. Roger Weaver's topics included the Tour De France, Steve Buscemi and McCain.
In the end, Brendan Kennedy and Roger Weaver were voted by the crowd onto the semi-finals.
We caught up with the last year's winner and host for this year Steve Gerben, as well as the night's winners in this (admittedly slapped together) video below.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of Wednesday night!