If you are still indecisive about where to spend your holidays, or maybe you need a good excuse to take a break from your family, once the presents are open and all the eggnog is gone, then think no more and catch the next flight to Seattle.

31st Annual Seattle International Stand-up Comedy Competition starts this Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Vera Project. A month long event plays 23 shows in 19 different venues throughout Western Washington.

One of the perks of this extravaganza is that the audience helps to choose the winner. The judges will pay close attention to viewer’s response.

“No matter how good they are,” says festival producer Ron Reid, “if they don’t knock the audience out, they’re at a disadvantage.”

Reid, who has been producing the competition since 1995, had to turn down some great talents to make room for regional talent.

“The competition is open to comics from all over the country. Three hundred applied. Of the 32 who made the first round, more comedians than ever are already nationally recognized in the industry. We have two former winners of the Boston Comedy Festival — Dan Boulger and Dave McDonough, Auggie Smith, from Portland, just won the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Sean Patton (from New Orleans) is one of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country.”

The winner is selected Nov. 28 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, and takes home $5,000 in cash, a one-year record contract with Uproar Records, and a $1,000 advance. Scouts from Sony Entertainment, ABC, and DreamWorks will be there to check out new talents.

Check out comedian Auggie Smith’s stand up comedy courtesy of YouTube!

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