Zoltan Kaszas wins the 2013 Seattle International Comedy Competition

Congratulations to Zoltan Kaszas from San Marcos, Calif., for emerging victorious in the 34th annual monthlong stand-up contest known as the Seattle International Comedy Competition.

In a “Meet the Finalist” interview before last week’s final five shows, Kaszas said winning would mean a lot to him. “There were so many talented comics this year, and over the 30 plus years of the contest, it would be a real honor to have my name on the list,” he said. “As far as the money thing goes, I would first have to pay off my mom for swiping her credit card like crazy over the last three weeks…and, whatever is left, I will throw in a low interest IRA and see what happens…”

Seattle competition organizer Peter Greyy put it this way, regarding Kaszas’ victory: “Zoltan is a strong comic who marries well-crafted material to extraordinary expressiveness. He presents a solid comedic perspective, talks about his life and what he wants to talk about and maintains a level of likability and being “in the moment” that is the envy of most comedic professionals. Zoltan is a worthy champion who earned the honors. He also happens to be a very good guy and great to hang out with… I hope that this victory acts as a springboard to launch his career worldwide. Everyone should know about what a great talent Zoltan Kaszas is…I want all of his comedy dreams to come true…and I’m thrilled that he is our new champion.”


The final results in the 34th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition:

  1. Zoltan Kaszas (San Marcos, Calif.)
  2. Graham Kay (Toronto)
  3. Trenton Davis (Chicago)
  4. Dave Merheje (Toronto)
  5. Rodger Lizaola (Seattle)

Here’s some comedy straight from Zoltan, circa this July…

Sean L. McCarthy

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