Standup comedy is good work if you can get it, but to get it you have to be good. Boise's Funniest Person gives amateurs a shot at the limelight—and a fistful of cash—during a monthlong series of head-to-head joke-offs, judged by a panel of local aficionados of funny and voted on by the audience. Starting with 20 would-be comics, contestants were paired with coaches—all local professional standup comics—then winnowed down to the final five for the big show on Saturday, July 30.
The finals are always packed to the rafters as the field reduced to the last comic standing. The grand prize winner grabs $1,000, a headlining set at Liquid Laughs and the coveted title of Boise's Funniest Person. It might be funny, but it's serious business.