Tommy Savitt, an L.A.-based stand-up and native of Brooklyn, NY, spent the month in Western Washington clubs, theaters and casinos, telling jokes night after night against dozens of competitors, and won the 2008 Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition for his efforts. Savitt won $5,000, a record contract with Uproar Entertainment, and will stick around for a "victory tour" of gigs Dec. 5-6 at Laughs in Kirkland, Dec. 11-13 at the Comedy Underground in Seattle, and Dec. 31 at the Everett Theatre in Everett.
Savitt previously made the finals in the Seattle contest in 2004, and won the Boston Comedy Festival's contest in 2007 — which makes for the second guy to make the coast-to-coast double (Dwight Slade won Boston this year, and Seattle in 2001). UPDATED: Make that at least the third guy, as Tom Cotter won Seattle in 1994, then Boston a decade later in 2004! (Thanks, Gabe, Seattle winner 2004, Boston winner…2009?)
This year's runners-up in Seattle: 2) Nate Jackson from Olympia, WA ($2,000); 3) Todd Johnson from Preston, ID ($1,500); 4) Justin Rupple from Issaquah, WA ($1,300); 5) Lars Callieou of Edmonton, Alberta ($1,200).