Punchline Punchout with Amber Preston, Andy Erikson, & more!
What is Punchline Punchout, you ask?
It's the ultimate comedy challenge. The morning of the show, comedians are given a topic and have a scant twelve hours to write a brand-new routine to be performed that night. Works out to about an hour a joke. To put that in perspective, it's taken us three solid days just to write this paragraph.
The challenge of writing alone not being enough, we divide 16 comedians into 2 teams of 8 each. Every performer has 4 minutes of untested brand new material to unleash, beating a single opponent on the opposing team who's been assigned the same topic. The object is to get the biggest possible laughs and, more importantly, completely embarrass your opponent. The winner ... is the audience.
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Amber Preston is a comedy seductress. Recently named one of “5 Comedians to Watch” in New York Magazine her brassy charisma and keenly honed jokecraft leave audiences powerless not to fall head over heels. From raucous roadhouses to the classiest clubs Preston’s saucy, mischievous charm captivates diehard and casual comedy fans alike.
A proud native of Fargo, ND Preston’s early performance career consisted of hosting family talent shows and dancing in the aisles of the Hornbacher’s grocery store hoping to be discovered by Lawrence Welk. Years of musical theater, improv training, and short film work followed. In 2004 she took the plunge into standup comedy and immediately started turning heads.
Preston is a natural improviser whose comedy can be defined as much by the method of its creation as by its hilarious outcomes. She brings her “piddly ideas”, those small grains of nascent humor, to the stage. There she pokes, prods, and explores them, involving the audience in every step of the instinctive and spontaneous process until they emerge days, weeks, or months later as comedy pearls. Add to this a laundry list of quirky obsessions (mustaches, Hall and Oates, Hall and Oates’ mustaches), and a genuine passion for connecting and having fun with her audience and you have a recipe for true comedy excellence.
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Big Sky Comedy Festival
3rd Place at the 2012 Great American Comedy Festival
2012 Best of the Midwest winner at Gilda's LaughFest
Marc Maron’s Five Comedians to Watch
Women in Comedy Festival
The 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival
2010 Rooftop Comedy Silver Nail Award
Laugh Your Asheville Off! Comedy Festival
Finalist in Progressive.com Help Flo! Contest
Has been a Contributing comic to Life & Style magazine
Andy Erikson’s love of squirrels and unicorns is only surpassed by her love of performing standup comedy. She intertwines silly one liners with whimsical stories in a playful but thought provoking way. In 2009 Andy won the Aspen Rooftop College Comedy Festival and that same year she was a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award. In 2010 she took first place in the Funniest Person with a Day Job contest, AND the Duluth’s funniest person competition. In 2013 Andy was a finalist in the Great America Comedy Festival and in 2014 she performed in the prestigious Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Her favorite thing about comedy is making friends.