Introducing BattleCOM

BattleCOM has been called a rap battle of nerdity, a yo momma battle for people who like their mommas, the 8-mile of geekdom, but most commonly it’s been called awesome.

Lightening speed rounds as two performers take the stage to battle for the crowd’s affection one line at a time.  Part scripted comedy, part improv, part attitude and knowledge this show pushes comics to reach out of their comfort zones, interact and adapt – all for the audience’s love.

How it works:
Battlefields (topics) are predetermined, and the Battlers will come prepared.
– Battles are a best of three. It can be won in the first two rounds.  Ties earn no points.  Winning is determined by audience vote (via colour coded Battle Flags).  A clear majority (approximately 60%) is needed for a win.
Moderator announces which Battlefield is being fought.
– Moderator then calls to the stage the two Battlers, by point of view and name.  In the case that one performer is still onstage (they won the previous round), Moderator calls up only one more Battler

First Round: positive – defend or exhalt your position / point of view
– first to go is determined by previous battle, or second battler called to the stage starts
– second performer’s positive statement
– Moderator comments and calls for the audience’s vote

Second Round: negative – attack your opponent’s position or character
– loser of round one starts (if previous round was a tie, moderator’s choice)
– second performer’s negative take
– Moderator comments and calls for the audience’s vote
– If it is a sweep (two wins by one Battler) see resolution below

Third Round (if necessary): Free for all. Battlers choose to attack their opponent or defend their positions
– loser of round two starts (if previous round was a tie, moderator’s choice)
– second performer’s turn
– Moderator comments / audience votes

Fourth Round: In case of ties, the Moderator may start another free for all round or call for a revote
– loser of round two starts (if previous round was a tie, moderator’s choice)
– second performer’s turn
– Moderator comments / audience votes

Resolution
– Moderator announces this battle’s winner, thanks / derides the loser
– If the Victor had won the previous round (so now a Victor twice in a row) they are retired with honor as a Master Battler, only to face one last Battler (or second Master Battler) determined by this Battle Field.
– If this Battle was the Victors first win, they remains onstage to face a new Battler maintaining his position
– If no Master Battlers have been awarded, the last Battler standing wins the Prize.  If one Master Battler has been determined, they face off against the last Battler standing for the Prize.  If two Master Battlers were crowned, they face each other to determine which gets the Prize.

– The Prize
– The winner (either Master Battler, or Grand Battler or Last Battler Standing) receives the accolades of the crowd AND      the choice of performing 5-7 minutes, or selecting someone to perform 5-7 minutes of material

A typical show will consist of 3 Battle Fields and 6 Battlers plus a Moderator.  Winner of the final Battle Field generally gets a little more time.

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About Ash

Paul Ash is that special kind of person who sees the best in everyone, except himself. His self loathing comedy is peppered with rural charm and big city cynicism. This “muppet king of comedy” has been described as the “encyclopaedia of funny” and has an over ten year relationship with the Festival Just For Laughs, the world’s largest stand-up comedy fest.