More than 50 comedians competed this year for the top spot in Charleston’s Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition, and now it’s down to the final six. “It was close this year because the contestants were so awesome,” says Theatre 99’s Greg Tavares. “We had a great cross section of local talent and people from out of town.”

Evan Berke, Lauren Krass, Andrew Rider, Peter Schwartz, Dusty Slay, and the comedy duo Stanley and Eduardo (Jason Groce and Tommy Hutchins) will all compete for laughs this Saturday. Each gets 10 minutes to impress the crowd. Since the time slots were capped at five minutes in the preliminary rounds, a jump to ten minutes means these comedians will be facing a bigger challenge that you’d think. In the comedy world, 10 minutes can feel like a lifetime to fill with jokes.

The last comic standing will find out that there are more perks to winning than just the $500 prize. “When a person wins, they get a ton of local notoriety so they can become a bit of a brand in Charleston,” says Tavares. “I think the past winners have continued to grow in their exposure and they get more and more gigs. A lot of the winners produce their own comedy nights.” One of those is Dusty Slay, who won last year and now runs the Dusty Slay Homegrown Stand-Up Showcase.

There will be two prizes given at the end of the competition: $500 to the finalist with the most audience votes, and $500 to the judges’ choice. If the crowd favorite happens to be the judges’ favorite as well, one lucky comedian could be taking home the whole $1000, along with the title of Charleston’s funniest stand-up act.

It’s $12 to join in on the fun and make one funny guy or gal the happiest jokester in Charleston. You can purchase tickets at

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