Boston is no stranger to stand up comedy contests and festivals, but this year, ImprovBoston aims to turn your typical contest on its head. In what is hoped to be a new annual event, ImprovBoston’s inaugural stand-up comedy tournament, The People’s Battle, will bring together Boston’s best and brightest stand up comedians in a epic two-month competition to crown the people’s best.
From April 12 - May 30, comedians will duke it out on ImprovBoston’s two stages, featuring more than seventy-five local comedians. The comedians will be at the critical mercy of ImprovBoston’s best comedian judges, along with audience votes, who will ultimately determine who moves on to the final round. Unlike other contests Boston has seen, The People’s Battle is a great opportunity to level the playing field without bringing in outside contenders – letting audiences experience firsthand what the Boston comedy scene has to offer.
“ImprovBoston is a home for all forms of comedy. This new tournament is a great way to support both rising and established Boston comics with more stage time, to celebrate the Stand Up Program here and to involve audiences in the excitement of a comedy tournament,” states Tom Spataro, Managing Director of ImprovBoston.
The brainchild of ImprovBoston performers Josh Poirier and Sean Clarke, the tournament, along with performances by celebrated comedians Hari Kondabolu, Myq Kaplan, Jimmy Tingle, Alingon Mitra and Kevin McDonald, The People’s Battle demonstrates ImprovBoston’s utter commitment to showcasing the rich Boston stand up scene. The ultimate winner of the battle will receive the opportunity to headline his or her own series of performances at ImprovBoston, as well as getting to open for a national ImprovBoston Presents performer. The winner will also be invited to guest teach for the ImprovBoston Comedy School - and will even win a year of free shows at ImprovBoston, a nonprofit theater which has been serving Boston comedy for over thirty years.
The People’s Battle takes place every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. from April 12-May 25, and the battle comes to blows with the final round taking place on Friday, May 30 at 10:00 p.m. Submissions are currently being accepted for the tournament, so if you’re interesting in participating, visit the ImprovBoston website to apply.
Who will be crowned The People’s Champion on Friday, May 30? Be sure to check out each week’s tournament and help decide on the big winner!