by Dan Bolles
I had a great time judging the seventh annual Higher Ground Comedy Battle this past Saturday. I'll get into the nitty gritties in Wednesday's column. But long story short, I came away more impressed with caliber of our local standups than ever before. If it wasn't already, VT standup is legit.
The winner of the battle was veteran standup and co-founder of the Vermont Comedy Club, Nathan Hartswick. Dude was on his game, taking the crown in the most closely contested final in memory. My ballot had first and fifth place separated by about four points — out of a possible perfect score of 30. It was close, and I wouldn't have had a problem with any of the finalists winning. Hartswick certainly deserved to win, but keep an eye out for Colin Ryan and Carmen Lagala as well. They both killed.
Congrats to Nathan and all of the comics who performed. It was truly a banner night for local comedy.