Former Utah comedian competing on TBS show

Wednesday , June 25, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

Key Lewis, a former Utah comic who played Wiseguys comedy clubs in Ogden and West Valley City, is now one of 10 aspiring comics competing on the new TBS series, “Funniest Wins,” and last week won the first elimination round.

During the round, the competing comedians were tasked with creating a digital short video. Lewis was paired with fellow comedian Jenny Zigrino. The duo created a dating video where a “sweet mid-western girl” meets a “thug” from the streets and falls in love.

“This entire experience has been amazing,” Lewis said, in a statement. “Jenny and I had a blast working together. I had no idea what to expect. The whole thing is still kind of surreal.”

Lewis, who describes himself as “Half black, half white, looks Mexican,” started his comedy career at age 30 on the stage of the Sacramento comedy club, Laughs Unlimited. He lived and worked in Utah for five years, and now lives in California with his wife and three daughters.

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Lewis was the 2013 winner of the Rocky Mountain Laugh Off.

For the TBS series, Lewis and the other comics were chosen to compete with each other for a cash prize of $100,000 and the chance to star on the Wayans brothers’ online series: WhatTheFunny.com.

“Funniest Wins” plays at 11 p.m. Fridays, with repeat broadcasts throughout the weekend. Cable viewers will find TBS on channel 32.

More information on Key Lewis and his upcoming shows can be found on www.keylewis.com.

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