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​Best Awards Ever!

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Culture | April 10th, 2014

Come party at HPR’s Best of the Best Awards this Wednesday

Gear up for what may be HPR’s best ever Best of the Best Awards Ceremony.

This April 16, meet business owners, artists, bartenders, actors, chefs, directors, executives, politicians, comedians, musicians, writers and more at The Plains Art Museum.w

Absolutely nobody knows who won (just Strand, Tronier and Gomez.) That’s why it will be so much fun.

I wish we could say I won all five of my categories: Best Asian, Best Small Music Venue, Best Large Music Venue, Best Chef and Best Clothing Store. (I am not nominated for any of these.)

But we’ll just have to wait and see.

Expect cheers, surprises, drinks, Josie’s Corner desserts, dancing and killer live gypsy jazz music by the Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra.

Oh yes, and really big laughs – our five Best Comedian finalists will present the awards. Scope them out here while it’s still safe.

JD Provorse

Provorse, a Jamestown-native, works at the new Prime Comedy Club. He’s a respected vet in the scene. He might even cure your puppy problems. He says he got into comedy because he thought it might help him meet ladies. You might ask him to explain his answer to this question then …

Describe your style of comedy: It's the kind that doesn't help you get laid.

William Spottedbear

Spottedbear is from originally Pittsburgh.He’s half Native and half European. He’s a real slick comic – he may be making fun of you and you won’t even know it. He says he doesn’t want to win best comedian – he just wants a hug. We hope someone gives it to him on Wednesday.

How did you get into doing stand up:I didn't get the appropriate hugs as a child.

Erik Block

Originally fromOrtonville, Minn., Block might be most well known as being a member of the uber-hot boy band KumNcyde. He sings, dances, plays guitar and makes inappropriate jokes with his stage-confident charm. Courtney’s Comedy Club is to thank. He’s a newbie comedian who apparently didn’t want your comedy votes, just your KumNcyde votes.

Why should you win 2014 best comedian? Quite frankly, I shouldn’t. Adam Quesnell should.

Adam Quesnell

Quesnell, a Fargoan, wins competitions, records professional comedy albums and opens for comedians like Maria Bamford. He also rocks a beautiful, lengthy yellow beard.

Describe your style of comedy? Well, it's about how I'm terrified of everything, how I don't expect anyone to relate to me or understand what I'm saying, and how everyone dies someday … in fact we are all dying in that room together while I perform.

Amir Bikić

Bikić, a Bosnia/West Fargo-native, is the Pickled Parrot king, at least on Wednesdays as the open mic host. He also emceed Fargo’s first ever (and super packed) Comedy Brawl, shirtless.

Why should you win 2014 best comedian? I want to use my status as Best Comedian for free drinks. Also when my wife says, “You’re not funny,” I can come back with, “Actually, according to public opinion, I am really funny!"

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