And the Winner Is… JOSH POTTER!

From l-r: Buffalo's Funniest Person runners-up Mark Walton and Eric Lingenfelter, with winner Josh Potter. Photo by Katherine Lingenfelter.

From l-r: Buffalo’s Funniest Person runners-up Mark Walton and Eric Lingenfelter, with winner Josh Potter. Photo by Katherine Lingenfelter.

After a whirlwind of prelims and semi-final rounds, the 2013 Funniest Person contest held at Helium Comedy Club concluded last night with a gut-busting show of 10 hilarious comics competing for a cool $1K and the title of Buffalo’s Funniest. There could be only one, however, and this year’s title goes to comedian and radio DJ Josh Potter, whose personal tribulations have recently come to a head (no pun intended, we SWEAR). Potter, in turn, has taken struggles that would cause most of us to flat out give up on life into some of the finest joke-telling we’ve heard this year.

Congrats also go out to second- and third-place winners Mark Walton and Eric Lingenfelter. You can catch Walton compete this Sunday in Rochester’s Funniest Person contest at the Comedy Club in Webster. #WNYSTRONG!

Kristy Rock

Kristy has been writing about comedians since 2005, first in Chicago, then in LA, and now in the great city of Buffalo, New York, as managing editor of BuffaloComedy.com. She has also published seven issues of RE:COM, a nationally-distributed print magazine about comedy (which can be downloaded for a measly $2). Otherwise, she can be found drinking wine and plotting out plans for her future distillery/goat farm/artist retreat and attempting to build a teleportation machine between the East and West Coasts.

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