As I type this, I'm still in NYC, taking care of a few last-minute details at HQ before heading over to Port Authority for the overnight bus to Boston. But the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival stand-up contest continued with the first half of the semifinal brackets. Comedians from the eight prelims got sorted out into four new groups for the semis. And the initial reports are in from Thursday night's first two semis.

Moving on to Saturday's finals…

From Semi #1: Ryan Hamilton and Kelly MacFarland.

They outscored Mike Whitman, Sean Sullivan, Joe List, Kevin Kneuer, Orlando Baxter and Alycia Cooper.

From Semi #2: Paul Myrehaug and Lamont Price.

They outlasted Tyler Boeh, Justin Williams, Alvin David, Karen Rontowski, Harrison Greenbaum and Anton Shuford.

Two more semifinal groups of eight comedians apiece will face off tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe.