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The World Series of Comedy MAIN EVENT is happening in Las Vegas this week.
And I will be there much of the time, to “meet and greet,” network, and serve as a judge in the competition portion of the festival.
You might think that judging a comedy contest would be easy, but let's not forget that comedy is subjective as hell. What makes one person laugh might make another person want to punch you in the face.
Over 100 comedians vying for the top spot, each with their own unique style and material.
How the hell are you supposed to compare a deadpan one-liner comic to a high-energy physical comedian?
It's like trying to compare apples to space travel.
So I mostly pay attention to how well comedians engage with the audience. Connect with them, react to their responses, and make them feel involved.
But then there's the fact that, as a judge, you're kind of a buzzkill.
You're not there to laugh and enjoy the show like everyone else - you're there to take notes and mentally score each performance.
It's like being a food critic, but instead of getting to enjoy a delicious meal, you have to watch other people eat and then rank them based on how much they enjoyed it.
All of this is to say that judging a comedy contest is a tough gig. But I am a fan, first.
And it’s a real treat to get to witness some of the best up-and-coming comedians in the game, and play a part in helping them get to the next level.