|Kermit Apio, winnerSeattle Man Wins Carson Comedy Festival In Neb.
Posted: June 23, 2009
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - A Seattle man won the standup competition at this year's Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk.
Kermet Apio claimed the $5,000 top prize after the judges decided they liked his act best. Apio joked about his Hawaiian heritage, his unique name and fatherhood during his winning performance.
Apio says it was a thrill to perform in Johnny Carson's hometown because Carson had an influence on Apio. The festival was created to honor the longtime host of "The Tonight Show," who spent much of his childhood in Norfolk.
Second place went to Sam Adams of Denver, who launched his comedy career earlier this year after the newspaper he worked for closed. Adams had won the amateur competition at this year's festival.