The semifinals began this week for the 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, with the following 10 comedians assured of at least $500 and in the running for $5,000 and a record contract:

Drew Barth, Seattle WA
Lars Cailliou, Edmonton AB Canada
Tyler Hawkins, Edmonton AB Canada
Nate Jackson, Lacey WA
Todd Johnson, Boise ID
Seth Perry, Vancouver BC Canada
Justin Rupple, Seattle WA
Tommy Savitt, Los Angeles CA
Murv Seymour, Tampa FL
Kortney Shane Williams, Seattle WA