Brandon Gale, David Terrell Green, Tyler Walsh, Austin Black, Kil Theodrick and James Draper were among the comedians who competed in the Laugh Hard Standup Competition at the Rock Island Speakeasy.

Brandon Gale, David Terrell Green, Tyler Walsh, Austin Black, Kil Theodrick and James Draper were among the comedians who competed in the Laugh Hard Standup Competition at the Rock Island Speakeasy.

A little over a dozen comedians competed in the Laugh Hard Challenge at Rock Island’s Speakeasy, but in the end, after three weekends of competition, the winner was Mike Lucas from Iowa City.  He takes home $1000 and will headline the stand up showcase on November 12 at the Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

In addition to Lucas, the comedians who attempted the challenge that began Aug. 6 at the Speakeasy in Rock Island were Todd Willhite of Sherrard, Illinois; Mike Adrales of Davenport; Ty Wilson of Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada; Brandon Gale of Rock Island; David Terrell Green of Omaha, Nebraska; Kil Theodrick of Omaha, Nebraska; Heather Nobling of Orion, Illinois; JC Totton of Davenport; Austin Black of Davenport; Matt Owens of Cedar Rapids; Jake McDowell of Rock Island; Matt Gerdes of Lowden, Iowa; Tyler Walsh of Stanhope, Iowa; and Josh Staley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In addition to Lucas, the finalists chosen for the finals on August 20 were Brandon Gale, David Terrell Green, Kil Theodrick, Tyler Walsh, and Austin Black.

For more information see www.thecirca21speakeasy.com.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.