Samba Shines: Schutte Crowned March Comedy Madness Champion
April 4, 2011
HOLLYWOOD- Sunday evening, the scores were settled at The World Famous Comedy Store as the final four contending comedians graced the stage in the March Comedy Madness Finals and really wowed the curious crowd. At the end of the night one comic out-shined all taking home the cash, the prizes and the title: Samba Schutte, March Comedy Madness Champion.
“Samba really won me over. He’s got a successful comedy career ahead of him,” said Luke Rosencrans, Activities Director of Hostelling International Santa Monica and March Comedy Madness enthusiast. “I originally thought Hailey would take it all, as she had beaten some great comedians like Andy Ruther and Nicholas Anthony, but Samba really had a polished impressive set.” Rosencrans had followed the competition from day one when 64 comedians battled one-on-one slinging one minute of joke time each.
Host/Producer/Referee Josh Filipowski and MCM two-time finalist from NY Rob O’Reilly awoke the crowd and got them nice and warmed up for the competitors 7 minute sets- Samba Schutte and Erik Rivera followed by Nicholas Anthony and Hailey Boyle. The audience by ballot voted for their faves and both sporting tie-died shirts- Schutte and Boyle returned for their 10 minute championship sets.
Samba touched on traveling in France, life in Africa, religion, superstition.
“If you’re toasting someone and you don’t look them in the eye, you get 7 years of bad sex.” He looked to the crowd “A few people going yes, others going… oh… that’s why.”
Schutte also engaged a bit with his competitor “Big is beautiful. So I’ve had my eye on you for a while Hailey,” adding he didn’t want to fight. He was not even good at videogame fighting.
Then Hailey hit with her riffs on being a big gal in Alaska but hard to rape in NY. “I’m a two man job.” She dissected the audience for whoever was holding the weed. “Probably one of you wearing a cool hat.”
As everyone’s favorite Matty Goldberg closed out the show the ballots were counted and Samba prevailed taking the pot of over $2,000 worth of goodies: That Headshot Guy headshots (www.thatheadshotguy.com), a Nathaniel Wood photo session (http://nathanielwood.com/), Greg Dean’s Stand-Up Workshop (http://www.stand-upcomedy.com/), New British School Acting Class (http://www.newbritishschool.com/), Spots at the Hollywood Comedy Store’s Friends and Family show, a feature role at La Jolla Comedy Store (http://www.comedystorelajolla.com/), an all access pass for a night at the clubs of Sunset Strip and a big cardboard check for $400.
“It’s not about the money. It’s the classes, the photos and the opportunities.” Samba said with a smile.
Photo by Cari Bagdonas
The champ Samba Schutte holding his giant check here, can be seen this Thursday 8PM on the Comedy Speakeasy in Hollywood (www.comedyspeakeasy.com), the world’s first online comedy club. Watch in-person in-studio or the live-stream on-line. www.LIKE2LAUGH.com