The 3rd round of semi-finals for the Boston Comedy Festival reared it’s head last night at The Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall. The competition, a collection of the best new stand-up comedians in the industry today is a compliment to the more featured acts such as Steve Sweeney, Kevin Meaney, and Lenny Clarke who performed throughout the week.
The nights festivities were hosted by Tom Dustin, fresh off winning the top prize at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Tom unites his self-deprecating humor with a very thorough explanation of ‘the rabbit.’ Never heard of ‘the rabbit?’ ask Tom, he’ll tell you.
The evenings co-finalists were Nate Bargantze and Wil Sylvince, with honorable mention going to Ira Proctor and Flip Schultz. Bargantze, who has a slight resemblance to Jackass’s own Johnny Knoxville, steals the show with his deadpan humor. Calling marriage a mosh pit that looks like a good idea from far way, Bargantze goes on to say that he’s been married for four years, and now it’s getting serious.
When co-finalist Wil Sylvince hits the stage, you’re either ready to laugh or prepared for a Shabba Ranks concert. The Brooklyn native got the crowd going with his critique of local weathermen. ‘When you say it’s going to be 50 degrees with a wind chill of 10, than it’s going to be 10 degrees! What it feels like is what it is.’
Runner-up Ira Proctor is Farley-esque in his humor. Proctor, who makes no secret of his stomach girth, tells us that it’s not good when you go out for a run and come home in a cab. When he runs it’s like a Model-T going down the street out of control, not a pretty sight. His best bit is about going to Dunkin Donuts and waiting behind the construction guy who places an order for half of Boston.
And last but not least, Flip Schultz brings his Judaism and impressions to stage. One minute he’s impersonating the snotty waiter at name-your-fancy-restaurant, and the next he’s doing a FreeCreditReport.com commercial featuring one of the Chilean miners. Flip imagines attending a Jewish Rock concert, ‘are you ready to rock? no, you guys go ahead and do that, we’ll just sit here and eat.’