Seattle International Comedy Competition

Twenty-three venues, three and a half weeks, two hosts who also perform (Paul Myrehaug and Vince Valenzuela), and 32 comics. The 30th edition of the Seattle International Comedy Competition begins tonight and continues on stages all around Puget Sound, concluding Nov. 29 at the Moore. (The winner earns $5,000 and a recording contract.) Among the field, we’ll handicap a few favorites: American comic Ahmed Bharoocha makes hay out of his mixed Irish Catholic-Pakistani Muslim heritage (“baseball, apple pie, and curry”). From Canada, and a past performer at Bumbershoot, Jane Stanton confesses to be so desperate for friends on Facebook that she reaches out to her bully from elementary school. Sean Kent, of Last Comic Standing, beat cancer and makes jokes about it. And look out for hometown funnyman Travis Simmons, who does a very funny “I sound more like Bill Cosby than Bill Cosby” routine. JULIE SEABAUGH

Nov. 4-29, 8 p.m., 2009

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