South Florida has a wonderful community of Comedians and Venues that rivals any region in the country. The heart of the South Beach Comedy Festival is celebrating great comedy, and that starts right here with our home grown talent! This year, the festival is supporting the world renown Ft. Lauderdale IMPROV Comedy Club and several of the longest running independent comedy shows in the area as they work together to promote camaraderie by awarding some well-deserved recognition to some of our own. Four semi-final shows will take place around the city at places where great comedy can be seen:
Casa De Haha @ Sweat Records: March 11 Elwood's Pub: March 18 Open Stage Club: March 25
Last Call @ Wynwood Brewery: March 26
FINALS - FTL Improv: March 30
Finalists from those shows will move on the showcase at South Florida's premiere comedy spot, The IMPROV at the Seminole Hard Rock on Sunday, March 30th. Three comics will be chosen that night to be ambassadors at the South Beach Comedy Festival by being a part of the festivities. One of those will be awarded with a VIP ticket package to the entire festival. The night will be headlined by Miami native and friend of the festival, Dave Williamson. Bio below:
Dave Williamson was born into a long line of automobile dealers in Miami, FL. After years of working his way through the family business, he decided he enjoyed making his customers laugh even more than he enjoyed making them deals. Dave is a story-teller who often calls on his colorful college career and his continuing voyage into being a young father and husband for material.
Over the past several years Dave has performed and excelled in many prestigious Comedy Festivals throughout the U.S. Most notably, he won entry into the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival by placing 3rd in their NY competition, beating out 80 other comics. He followed that up with another 3rd place finish in Vegas at the World Series of Comedy competing against 100 other comics and a Top 5 finish in the prestigious 2012 San Francisco Comedy Competition. Also in 2012, Dave was deemed by the Miami New Times “Miami’s Best Comedian”
, released his highly rated debut CD ‘Thicker than Water'
through Stand Up Records, and made his National TV Stand Up debut on NickMom’s “NickMom Night Out”
. Most of 2013 was spent touring North America with his family in a 25' Travel Trailer, which was documented in his own Web Series on NickMom.com
Dave has opened for such well-known comics as Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, and Jimmy Fallon and now lives in Los Angeles, CA