After winning the Nashville Scholarship Challenge and qualifying to enter another 2018 Challenge for free, Heywood Banks out of Michigan made the most of his opportunity and won the entire thing in 2018!
Joining Heywood in the finals were Rodney Norman out of Salt Lake City, Amanda Cohen from Los Angeles, Mike James and Brian Kohatsu from Arizona.
This year's Carson City Clean Comedy Challenge was judged by Geechy Guy, Leslie Norris Townsend, Kat Simmons, Joby Saad, and Marty Simpson. Special appearance made by Joe Piscopo of SNL fame.
Rhonda Corey from Rhode Island won the 2018 Chicago Clean Comedy Challenge in near Chicago, Illinois at the Comedy Shrine. It was a great competition and showcased talent from all over the country! But in the end, Rhonda prevailed.
The 2018 Chicago Challenge was judged by Leslie Norris Townsend, Joby Saad, Rocky Laporte, Bill Gorgo, Marty Simpson, and James Wesley Jackson. Finalists were John Petlicki, Rhonda Corey, Karen Knotts, and Bo Schuster.
HEYWOOD BANKS from Michigan wins the Clean Comedy Challenge Nashville 2018 at The Third Coast Comedy Club, Nashville, TN.
Leslie Norris Townsend, producer/COMIC brought, The Clean Comedy Challenge in it's 9 year of challenging all Comics to work Funny and Clean to Nashville Tenn. She had over 100 submissions and 15 were selective to compete. Other top 4 included Lee Hardin, TN. Brian Kohatsu, AZ.,Mike James, AZ., and People's choice, Christy Conder, TN.
The Competitors came from all over and participated in 3 days of a Comedy Bootcamp and Contest !!
Past years of the Clean Comedy Challenge Competition have been held in Pasadena, Ca. at the world famous Ice House and other venues included are ANDERSON Ind. Hoosier CASINO, Lima Ohio, Senoia Ga, St. Petersburg's Coconuts Club, FL.
This year there are 2 more upcoming competitions coming to Chicago's Comedy Shrine on July 19-21 with veteran Judges like Rocky Laporte and Dobie Maxwell and Carson City Nugget Casino NEVADA on Aug 9-11 with Joe Piscopo and Geechy Guy judging along with shows creator, Leslie Norris Townsend.
2017 Pasadena: Joe Dungan
Shown here from left to right back row: Finalist Anji Stubbs, Bruce Smith of Omnipop, Finalist Katsy Chappell, Finalist Josh Novey. Front Row left to right: Celebrity Performer Erica Rhodes, and Winner Joe Dungan.
2017 Chicago: Steve Smargon
Shown with trophy, winner Steve Smargon. Next to him on the left is creator of the challenge Leslie Norris Townsend and to her left, finalist Sally Baucke. Between the winner and Leslie is finalist Shawn Reynolds, and next to the winner on the right is finalist Jeffrey Donaldson.
2016 Todd Justice
2015 Mike Parramore
2014 William Woody
2013 Charlene Mae
Winner: Charlene Mae
Finalists: C.J. Harlow from Kentucky, John Floyd from North Carolina, Charlene Mae from Georgia and Andy Beningo from Michigan.
2012 Marty Simpson
Winner: Marty Simpson - See Clean Comedian Marty Simpson's website.
Finalists: Charlene Mae, Jody Fuller (New-Comer of the Year), and Dan Brown
Celebrity Judges: Dennis Regan, Leslie Norris Townsend, Bobby Kelton, Suzanne Bartels, Joby Saad
Also shown in the back, 2011 Winner, Clayburn Cox.
2011 Clayburn Cox
Holding trophy, winner Clayburn Cox. On the left, C.J. Harlowe and on the right, Joe Bryan.
2010 Jonnie W.
From left to right: Leslie Townsend, Michelle Krajecki, White Choclate, Jonnie W. (WINNER) Clayburn Cox (runner up), Joby Saad
See Jonnie W.'s website.
Semi-Finalists (not pictured here)
DD Ingrahn, Renard Hirsch, Marty Simpson, Scott Gregory
Marty Simpson doesn’t look like an All-American Football Player, a sports radio talk show host, or a guy married to a woman who could stop traffic with her beauty. Let’s be honest, he looks like Dr. Phil’s heavier brother. Yet, he’s all of these things. Plus, Marty is a stand up comedian who has quickly garnered national recognition after becoming the winner of the 2012 Clean Comedy Challenge. Since that time, you may have seen Marty opening for Saturday Night Live’s Dennis Miller (if you were at that one show, that one night), Tim Hawkins, Pauly Shore, and Last Comic Standing Winners, Jon Reep and John Heffron. Marty also was a featured performer recently at the Lifeway Main Event along side Dr. Tony Evans, The Kendrick Brothers, All-Pro Place-Kicker David Akers, and Coach Tommy Bowden.
Marty stays busy at live stand-up shows throughout North America and has performed in venues from the 3 thousand seat Durham Performing Arts Center, all the way to Los Angeles’ Flappers Comedy Club. Marty has been a featured performer on Tim Hawkins’ Rockshow Comedy Tour and has performed for hundreds of churches across America and Canada.
Marty Simpson’s fun loving, self-deprecating comedy is focused on his experiences as a husband, dad, and former high school coach and teacher. He’s a perfect fit for…
Marty LOVES sports and is involved with his community in Blythewood, SC.
To truly understand what type of comedian Marty is, you have to watch the below clip. It is 7 minutes long, but it incorporates all of Marty’s style in a snap-shot for you. He introduces two short jokes at the beginning that will come back to play by the end of the epic story that will leave you truly wanting more of Marty’s comedy! (www.MartySimpson.com)