[UPDATED] Whose Tweet is Funnier? Vote Now in Round One of RFT's Standup Throwdown!
Thanks also to everybody else for entering, and all you readers for voting!
Original Post: It takes an extraordinary set of balls - metaphorically speaking - to even attempt standup comedy.
Normal folks balk at slicing open their heads and hearts to let strangers decide if they like what's inside. But dozens of St. Louisans climb up on stage to try to get laughs, almost every night of the week, at open-mic events around town. These "open-micers" think they're funny - do you?
Here begins our first-ever RFT Standup Throwdown. Sixteen aspiring comics will battle it out on this blog, March-Madness style, over the next two weeks (see bracket here). And YOU, dear readers, will be the judge of who's funniest. The final four will perform at a special live RFT show on April Fool's Day, where we crown the champion (details to come).
So without further ado, onto round one! We asked all sixteen contestants to finish the thought, "Here's what's funny about St. Louis...." This is what they said:
Saint Louis himself killed people and had dysentery. If we followed the second example, we'd be skinnier.-- Max Fitzgerald (@maxrfitzgerald) March 14, 2012
st louis has been named number one in everything, except something we can brag about.-- Jr moore (@jrmoorecomedy) March 14, 2012
St.Louis really made progress when it changed it's relationship status with blatant,crippling and embarrassing racism to "it's complicated".-- Kenny Kinds (@steelyken) March 10, 2012
I love STL cuz it's a melting pot of all races. No matter what color you are ...White,Black or Jew. All of our EBT cards are the same color.-- HD Reeves (@MYwifesTWATS) March 13, 2012
It's supposed to be one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. It's one of the best and safest, unless you're a Black man between 25 - 40.-- Shaun Arredondo (@Dondocomic) March 12, 2012
There's no shortage of unaccredited schools and violent crime but we can't keep one lousy overpaid Dominican princess in town? #stdstoo-- Scott A. James (@ScottyJames81) March 14, 2012
A town so proud of Anheuser beer. Everyone drinks it here, except recovering alcoholics and some newborns. Umbilical cord = Baby beer bong.-- tree sanchez (@theliltrizzle) March 14, 2012
Provel cheese, erratic weather and street crime. We're gonna kill you one of these days. #stl-- Ryan (@ThatRy_Guy) March 13, 2012
It's safer than Port-au-Prince, Haiti andmore dangerous than Juarez, Mexico. But hey, there's clean water (and endless syphilis). #stlouis-- kwernowsky (@kwernowsky) March 9, 2012
People always say St. Louis is a dangerous city but I don't really ge-...sorry, someone just shotstabbedcaughtmeonfiremurdered me.-- Zack Stovall(@ZStovall) March 14, 2012
Even my office chair has a gangsta lean. #downtownSTL-- Amber Klear (@amberklear) March 14, 2012
St Louis city is sandwiched by the county and the east side. One is where dreams are broken, and the other, IS THE EAST SIDE.-- Kevin White (@KSilly) March 14, 2012
Everything is square here. The pizza, the politicians, and the books at the high school that you went to. #StLouis-- Hank Lamlech (@HankLamlech) March 14, 2012
Highest murder rate in the country? More like highest free zoo rate in the country. Welcome to St. Louis.-- Erik Anker (@erikforserious) March 14, 2012
Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter when we update this post, and will be contacted about what to do next.