By Paul Ash
In this, part two about stand-up comedy contests, I’ll explain how I run one of the two different competitions which are part of The Kick Ash Comedy Show. I’ll also explain the reasons for the choices I make.
The Kick Ash Comedy Show is a weekly open mic starting 9pm every Tuesday in Andrews Pub, located at 1239 Guy, Montreal, Canada. Acts either get asked to perform by me, or book by sending a message to the Kick Ash facebook fanpage.
The two competitions are Kick Ashiest and the subject of this article, The King of the Mountain.
King of the Mountain runs each week that isn’t the Kick Ashiest (the show’s monthly competition). In a nutshell, the audience votes for the favorite two acts to come back the following week to act as host and closer (and earn a little cash). This competition started because I was beginning to feel host burnout. Each week, with the same regulars I found it hard to keep it fresh 52 times a year. Rather the continually asking others to host a show with my name on it I turned it into a competition. Occasionally winners selected cannot perform the following week so I step in to fill their role and I act as the defacto replacement guy. Also, I sometimes schedule myself a spot and get voted in as a King of the Mountain too.
The two primary goals of this competition are:
1) to have acts advertise to their networks (friends, family and fans), raising awareness of the show brand, getting a few more butts in seats.
2) have the winners feel recognized, and given a chance for advancement.
3) encourage audience members to remember the names of performers they like
The competition’s name comes from two sources., the city of Montreal’s name and a sadistic kids game. Montreal is a contraction from French “Mont Royale” or “Royal Mountain”, the city’s most prominent landmark (next to Chez Paris Gentlemen’s Club). King of the hill, for people who grew up with protective parents, is a “game” where children would pick a high spot (such as a hill or the top of the monkey bars) and whoever held that spot at the end or the longest, by pushing down and tripping their competition, was the king. (Losers could be identified by needing to wear hockey equipment and eating via straws). By combining those two things we have King of the Mountain. Every performer who goes onstage is eligible, including those who won the week before – so it is possible to build a streak. King of the Mountain thus refers to comedy king of Montreal.
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