Update: Congratulations to Lisa Rimmert, Jon Venegoni, Nick Branson, Mike Szymanski, JR Moore, Emily Hickner, Conor Hovis and Evan Rowe for making the Elite Eight.
Comics stay tuned; We'll be announcing the specifics of the next round very soon! Thanks also to everybody else for entering, and all you readers for voting!
Original post follows...
St. Louis is a town full of aspiring comics. There are comedy open-mic nights every day of the week, and on any given night anywhere from 10 to 50 people put their names on a list and wait for their five minutes of stage time.
Thus, we bring you the second annual RFT Standup Throwdown, a competition intended to recognize and celebrate this city's up-and-coming comedians. Entry for the competition was simple. All the comics had to do was tweet, addressing the following topic: "That is so St. Louis..." while using the hashtag #so_stl.
Riverfront Times received some 300 tweets from more than 25 comics. Below are what we considered the funniest 16 tweets. Your votes will divide the pool in half and bring the competition to Round 2: The Elite 8.
The Final Four will perform at a special live RFT show on April 9th at Plush, where the winner will assume the title of Throwdown Champion and secure a spot on the May installment of Comedy in the Lou at the Firebird (exact date TBA).
Let's get down to it! Here are their tweets; cast your ballots now. Voting ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.Chad Wallace
When the sun hits Chuck Berry statute, his eyes let out golden rays into the Blueberry Hill's women's bathroom across the street #so_stl— Chad Wallace (@BlackSuperGeek) March 15, 2013
The only math we do here is racial division. #so_stl— lisarimm (@lisarimm) March 15, 2013
St Louis has developed such a bad reputation that East St Louis has just voted to change their name to North Sauget. #so_stl— Wayne Wiskow (@WayneWiskow) March 15, 2013
St. Louis is too awesome for an IKEA store. We like our assemble-yourself furniture from one of the two remaining Sears stores. #so_stl— Jonathan Venegoni (@JonVenegoni) March 15, 2013
We could take public transit... Oh wait! We have cars! #so_stl— Alexis Govreau (@Alexisfngovreau) March 15, 2013
We welcome people crossing the Mississippi with a giant frown #so_stl— Nick Branson (@Destroyomax9000) March 12, 2013
So hood even the googlemaps car won't go there... #so_stl— Amber Klear (@amberklear) March 14, 2013
Bosnians were nervous when moving to STL at first, but the dilapidated buildings and gunfire made them feel right at home. #so_stl— Mike Szymanski (@MikeLeoski) March 15, 2013
Where the residents get plowed quicker than the streets #so_stl— Kenny Kinds (@steelyken) March 13, 2013
A city so racialy divided it could be considered a 1950's theme park. #So_stl— Jr moore (@jrmoorecomedy) March 15, 2013
Throwing beads at a farmer's market and calling it Mardi Gras. #so_stl— Landon Meyer (@Landon_Meyer) March 12, 2013
Do you like pizza? We have something similar. #so_stl— Emily Hickner (@emilyhickner) March 12, 2013
Most cities in the Midwest try to be a small version of Chicago. STL would rather be a huge Memphis.#so_stl— JC Sibala (@jcsibala) March 13, 2013
Budweiser has proven it contains 5% alcohol, and remains the beer of choice at 100% of above-ground pool parties. #so_stl— Conor Hovis (@ConorHovis) March 13, 2013
I drink just enough to tell the truth but not enough to crash my car. I'll be lecturing at Wash U this Thursday. #so_stl— Evan Rowe (@rowebocop) March 13, 2013
The Bowling Hall of Fame was knocked down to make room for a cowboy bar. #so_stl— chris clark (@chrisclarkSTL) March 12, 2013