San Francisco International Comedy Competition
The San Francisco International Comedy Competition (sometimes referred to as The San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition) is a stand-up comedy contest held each September in San Francisco, California, and neighboring areas of Northern California.
The SFICC was originally conceived by Bay Area comedian Frank Kidder. However, it has been produced since its inception by Jon and Anne Fox, who now retain complete ownership after purchasing Kidder's share.
The competition has evolved from two nights of 20 comics performing, to its current multi-week format.
Hundreds of comedians each year submit applications to enter the contest. Of these, 32 are chosen to perform in one of two week-long preliminary rounds. In these prelims, comedians perform sets of 5 to 7 minutes in length. The top five from each preliminary round move on to the semi-finals.
The semi-final round is another week of shows, with the 10 semi-finalists performing sets of 10 to 12 minutes. From this group, five finalists are chosen.
Finalists must prove themselves in yet another week of shows, this time performing sets ranging in length from 12–15 minutes.
Penalties are assessed for comedians who go over and/or under the time constraints.
The performances are judged on the following criteria: Material, Stage Presence, Delivery, Technique, Audience Response, Audience Rapport, and the judges' "Gut Feeling" about the performer. Typically, the judges, who are different at each event, are previous competitors, members of the media, talent agents/scouts and representatives from the performance venue. There is also an extra point awarded, given by the audience through their applause after a comedian's performance. If the audience gives a ten-count of enthusiastic applause, the extra point is awarded.
Venues are varied and wide-ranging, to ensure that the performers can play to all types of audiences, and have included bars, clubs, casinos, colleges, theatres and more.
|1976||Bill Farley||Robin Williams||Bob Sarlatte||Mark Miller||Mitch Krug|
|1977||Dana Carvey||Gil Christner||A. Whitney Brown||Bill Farley||Mark McCollum|
|1978||Mark McCollum||Marty Cohen||Jack Marion||Mitch Krug||Darryl Henriques|
|1979||Marsha Warfield||Mike Davis||Dana Carvey||Michael Winslow||A. Whitney Brown|
|1980||Michael Pritchard||Denny Johnston||James Wesley Jackson||Bobby Slayton||Jack Marion|
|1981||Ronn Lucas||Bob Dubac||John Fox||Barry Sobel||Dr. Gonzo|
|1982||Jim Samuels||Kevin Pollak||Jack Gallagher||Will Durst||Carrie Snow|
|1983||Will Durst||Leland Brown||D. Alan Moss||Dr. Gonzo||Ray Hanna|
|1984||Doug Ferrari||Mark Pitta||Paul Kelly||Joe Alaskey||D. Alan Moss|
|1985||Sinbad||Ellen DeGeneres||Evan Davis||Steve Kravitz||Steven Pearl|
|1986||Jake Johannsen||Eddy Strange||Rich Ceisler||Milt Abel||Dana Gould|
|1987||Warren Thomas||Rick Reynolds||Rob Becker||Tom Kenny||Rob Schneider|
|1988||Mike Dugan||Brian Haley||Billy Elmer||Jeffrey Jena||Tree|
|1989||Dexter Madison||Mark Curry||Dan St. Paul||Henry Cho||Denny Johnston|
|1990||Christopher Collins||Nick DiPaolo||Matt Weinhold||Karin Babbitt||Warren Spottswood|
|1991||Don McMillan||Tim Wiggins||Barry Weintraub||Rodney Johnson||Louis C.K.|
|1992||Johnny Steele||Ngaio Bealum||Maria Falzone||Barry Weintraub||T. Marni Vos|
|1993||Carlos Alazraqui||Marc Maron||Stephen B.||Rick Kerns||Patton Oswalt|
|1994||Jackie Flynn||Rick Kerns||Wild Willie Parsons||Roger Rittenhouse||Karlton Johnson|
|1995||Doug Stanhope||Dane Cook||Dwight Slade||Paul Nardizzi||J.R. Brow|
|1996||David Crowe||Jerry Miner||Milt Abel||Mike Uryga||John Alston|
|1997||James Inman||Chris McGuire||Don Friesen||Bobby Tessel||James P. Connolly|
|1998||Vinnie Favorito||James P. Connolly||Mickey Joseph||Ralphie May||Scott Silverman|
|1999||Don Friesen||Robert Duchaine||Paul D'Angelo||John Alston||Daniel Packard|
|2000||Danny Bevins||Darryl Lennox||Dave Russo||Ron Osbourne||Rick D'Elia|
|2001||Bengt Washburn||Auggie Smith||Robert Mac||Floyd J. Phillps||Dave Burleigh|
|2002||Gerry Dee||Vargus Mason||Dobie Maxwell||Chris Mata||Arlo Stone|
|2003||Rob Pue||Joe Klocek||Darryl Lennox||Lamont Ferguson||Rob Little|
|2004||Jim Short||Eric Schwartz||Nathan Trenholm||Sadiki Fuller||Tommy Savitt|
|2005||Don Friesen||Dave Burleigh||Cain Lopez||Kevin Avery||Floyd J. Phillips|
|2006||Jay Wendell Walker||Leo Flowers||Mo Mandel||Mike E. Winfield||Dylan Mandelsohn|
|2007||Paul Ogata||David Van Avermaete||Mike Baldwin||Dennis Gaxiola||Kellen Erskine|
|2008||Steve White||Derek Lengwenus||Tyler Boeh||Brent Weinbach||Leif Skyving|
|2009||Tom Simmons||Danny Bevins||Maureen Langan||Jarrod Harris||Rodger Lizaola|
|2010||Auggie Smith||Tony Dijamco||Sammy Obeid||Kurt Swann||Solomon Georgio|
|2011||Sean Kent||Alex Koll||Sal Calanni||John Hastings||AJ Finney|
|2012||Tony Baker||Mike Merryfield||Prashanth Venkataramanujam||Greg Wilson||Dave Williamson|
|2013||Samuel J. Comroe||Brendan Lynch||Drennon Davis||Sterling Scott||Matthew Broussard|
|2014||Kabir Singh||Dan Gabriel||Lars Callieou||John McClellan||Kurt Weitzmann|
Marsha Warfield, in 1979, became the competition's first African-American winner and its first female winner. She is also the only woman to win in the entire history of the SFICC.
Don Friesen won in 1999 and again in 2005, making him the only person to have won the competition more than once.
Paul Ogata's win in 2007 was the first by an Asian-American comedian in 32 years of the competition.