This year’s Host with the Most Competition was a close contest. I was fortunate enough to win and to retain my title on Sunday night. I had persuaded my friend Krisha Newport to enter the contest and she almost beat me by doing a great job in her first attempt at stand-up comedy. My charity of choice, Columbus Home Children’s Emergency Shelter, will receive over $1,600 from Side Splitters Comedy Club.
Side Splitters manager Bridgette Martin guaranteed a close race by asking audience members to vote for their three favorite comedians. All three votes from each ballot were counted. Valid ballots also had to include the audience member’s name and phone number or email address.
Comedian Kristine Kinsey returned as host of the contest. I really enjoy her act. As some of the radio guys have gotten more involved in comedy, Kristine has gotten more involved in radio. Over the past year, she has been working as a weekend deejay at i105.
The performance order was determined by a random drawing right before the show. I was sixth in the line-up:
Krisha Newport of Q100.3 for the Mid South Chapter of National MS Society
Aaron Campbell of WKXV for The Love Kitchen
Chris Durant of Knoxville Man for CASA of East Tennessee
Mitch Wheeler of 94.3 The X for the Blount County Humane Society
Mike Howard of WKVL for American Cancer Society
Frank Murphy of WNOX for Columbus Home Emergency Children’s Shelter
Randall Brown formerly of the News Sentinel for the West H.S. Foundation
Octavius (J.D. Howard) of WIMZ for the Wounded Warrior Project
Several of the comics got laughs by referencing the strong turnout of Catholics in the crowd. Fr. Ragan Schriver and Fr. Michael Woods both sat at my wife’s table. Krisha joked that the show was basically at All Saints Church. Mitch Wheeler made a joke about looking like Jesus. Mitch also had some fun with the “performance shirt” that Octavius wore last year. This year, my act centered on getting older and my recent back injury.