Sunday November 15th, Carolines Comedy Club hosted the 2015 New York’s Funniest Finals. The prestigious competition awards a cash prize, some important introductions, and is widely regarded as a launching pad careerwise. The last three winners have all had gigantic career leaps forward. 2012’s funniest, Michael Che got a coveted gig with The Daily Show as a correspondent and now has one of the best jobs in comedy- Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live. Joe Machi grabbed the title in 2013 and last summer he exploded as a top ten finalist on Last Comic Standing and now he headlines around the country. And last year’s winner, Ricky Velez has a job as a regular on Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show.
This year the title went to Matt Pavich. Pavich is a comedian, writer and actor in and from New York City. Pavich appears on MTV2’s Joking Off– Season Two starts up next month– and is the co-creator/star of the series “The Neighborhood” which won “Audience Award” and “Best Editing” at the 2014 New York Television Festival.
2012 winner Michael Che hosted the show introducing ten great comics including Nick Mullen, Doug Smith, Sara Armour, Randy Syfax, Mike Briskin, Evan Williams, Matt Pavich, Anthony Devito, Nimesh Patel, and Charles Gould. Che worked the crowd before and in between contestants and kept the promise he made early on to say “some fucked up shit.” He’s brilliant and it’s almost impossible to believe that it was only three years ago that he was considered undiscovered.
The announcement of Matt Pavich as the winner of the competition was no surprise to anyone. He had an amazing set, worked the room like a pro, and was the clear crowd favorite with the strongest laughs and loudest applause of the night. Other standouts included an incredible set by Anthony DeVito who has been creating buzz all over New York this year; Nimesh Patel who had killer confidence, really strong material and some great ideas for spreading democracy; and Charles Gould who had one of the most original sets of the night including a story about dick picture that was as disturbing as it was funny.
The finals (and semi-final rounds) were recorded by NBC Digital to air on their brand new digital streaming platform, Seeso, which launches in 2016, so hopefully everyone will get the chance to watch all ten comedians. In the meantime, google them, follow them on twitter, and find out where they’re performing next. If past competitions are any indication, you’ll be hearing from a lot of them in the next few years.
Congratulations to Matt Pavich and to all the comedians!