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Saurin Choksi

Saurin Choksi

Saurin Choksi is a stand up comedian living in Chicago, IL. We asked him to describe his comedy in the third person. Here’s what he had to say…

*“I find him very charming. He says some things that are a little out there but he’s just so affable! I just laugh & laugh. His material covers all the hard-hitting topics of our day… race, sex, potbelly's sandwiches. It’s like he’s saying what I’m thinking. I wish he would do more material on his mother’s accent though.* Wait, who are we talking about again?”

Choksi is a co-producer of the Speak Easy Comedy show and one time understudy at The Second City Detroit. He loves college football, Game of Thrones, and monkeys (and dragons, and wolves).

Also, he’s real affable

Liza Treyger

Liza Treyger

Hey, I'm a stand up comedian based out of Chicago but I live with my parents in Skokie, IL. Skokie is famous for being mentioned in the movie Usual Suspects and also the KKK love to march here because of it's high Jewish population. My sister lives close by, with her husband and three children, who think I'm one of the coolest people they know. (They have never told me that but, I'm sure it's true). It's a great life filled with jokes, snacks, friends, enemies, and lounging. I majored in Sociology in college so I don't have many skills outside of telling jokes. I do enjoy rollerblading, making collages, shopping, going out to eat, eating in bed, laying outside, attending baseball games, and chatting. In theory, I really enjoy kickboxing too.

In 2012, I was named one of Comedy Central's 'Comics to Watch' at the NY Comedy Festival. At the festival, I got to go watch comedy shows with two professional wrestlers. We ate cake balls together and it was amazing! In 2012, I also participated in the TBS 'Just for Laughs' festival in Chicago, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival. I lived my teenage dream by meeting Steve-O of Jackass fame and featuring for him at Zanies in Rosemont, IL. I've been lucky enough to feature for some real hot-shots of comedy and it's been the best. I'm looking forward to performing in a lot more fun and exotic places with more amazing comics and eating great food and hitting up some awesome art museums.

Madisons Funniest Comic Competition Finals

Madisons Funniest Comic Competition Finals


1st Prize: $500, $100 gift card to The Comedy Club, Emcee spot a week of your choosing

 2nd Prize: $200, $50 gift card to The Comedy Club

3rd Prize: $100, $50 gift card to The Comedy Club


Preliminary 1 Wednesday, February 12th
Preliminary 2 Wednesday, February 19th
Round 1 Wednesday, February 26th
Round 2 Wednesday, March 5th
Round 3 Wednesday, March 12th
FINAL Thursday, March 13th

Judging Criteria:

Our panel of judges will follow these guidelines when judging your set. The panel will be announced closer to show dates. Judging will be based on 60% panel judging and 40% crowd judging. Each crowd member will be given one ballet at the beginning of the night to be turned in after all comics have performed.

Time- Comic came close to allotted time.
Stage Persona- Comedian has a strong stage presence and a unique style.
Creative Material- Origional
Crowd Reaction- Laughs, applause, etc.
Memorization of Lines- Jokes not forgotten or stumbled over, no notes on stage
Professionalism- Entering and exiting the stage, works the entire room, mentioning previous comic, head up projection of voice, etc.

Appropriate Material- Comedian avoids material that is dirty or offensive for the sake of getting an easy crown reaction.

New Material- All new material is expected each round execpt for the final round. 


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