March Madness has come and gone in the Belly Room, and the end result is a Nicole Becannon vs. Keith Carey rematch for the ages on April 13 in Houston, Texas. Before we get into this month’s rankings, let’s stay on the topic of road battles for a moment. People have been asking how they affect the rankings, and the answer is really simple – they don’t. Road battles will affect the records of the competitors, but not their place on the rankings. This applies to the recent shows at SXSW and Phoenix as well.

Los Angeles Top Ten

1. Alex Duong 17-8
2. Nicole Becannon 14-6
3. Keith Carey 20-19
4. Pat Barker 19-9-2
5. Toby Muresianu 14-5-1
6. Omid Singh 20-9
7. Frank Castillo 13-12
8. Leah Kayajanian 14-10-1
9. Bryan Vokey 10-3
10. Isaac Hirsch 10-3

Current Belly Room champ Alex Duong split a pair of road decisions this month, losing an underwhelming battle to Sarah Keller in Austin before stealing the show with a convincing win over Roast Battle legend Joe Dosch in Phoenix. While we await confirmation on who his next challenger will be, odds are on one of the three people right below him in the ranks. Nicole Becannon rebounded from her February loss to Connor McSpadden with two big wins over Doug Fager and Greg Roque en route to the finals of the Road To Texas tournament. She will be joined there by two time Battler of the Year Keith Carey, who finds his record above .500 for the first time in a long while after tournament wins over Joe Eurell and Dan Nolan. Pat Barker took a loss to former #1 Kim Congdon at South By, but falls two spots in the ranks strictly due to the ascension of Becannon and Carey. Former Comedy Central champ and #1 overall battler Frank Castillo finally returns to the rankings after announcing that he plans on returning to a regular Belly Room schedule. Since he bowed out of the rankings at the top spot, Castillo has taken losses to Duong, Dosch (SXSW), and Alex Hooper (Phoenix), with the last of those battles being a double-overtime thriller at CB Live.

New York Top Ten

1. Mark Benjamin
2. Dave Sirus
3. Dan Wickes
4. Jerry Martinez
5. Jake Vevera
6. Drew Drevyanko
7. Paul Hooper
8. Catherine Zini
9. Mia Faith Hammond
10. Dan Abraham

(Editor’s note – all rankings commentary this month is quoted directly from Comedy Fight Club commissioner Matt Maran)

Mark Benjamin stays at Number 1 as he awaits the winner of CFC XIX. The tournament final is set for April 14 where Stu Melton will take on George Fernandez. The winner will face Mark Benjamin for the Interim Comedy Fight Club Championship. Then throughout the month of May we will begin CFC XX. Our greatest tournament to date. 8 of the top roasters in NYC will comete for the chance to face our Interim Champion for the New Unified Comedy Fight Club Championship at the greatest comedy festival in the world Skankfest! (Cheap plug: Skankfest is June 21-23. Get your tickets now!) Jerry Martinez had an impressive main event win over Drew Drevyanko in a battle of former champions. Jake Vevera jumps into the top 5 after taking down former Roastmasters #1 Contender Paul Hooper.

Los Angeles 11-20

11. Alex Hooper 16-9
12. Jamar Neighbors 7-6
13. Quentin Thomas 10-4
14. Jeanne Whitney 8-5
15. Greg Roque 9-4
16. Brett Erickson 8-0
17. Dan Nolan 13-13
18. Doug Fager 11-8-1
19. Jacob Trimmer 8-4-1
20. Sarah Keller 11-5-2

While Hooper’s win over Frank Castillo in Phoenix doesn’t affect his ranking, it could earn him a Best Road Battle of the Year Award at this year’s Roasties (if that category is in fact added). Greg Roque split a couple of tournament battles, beating Sarah Keller and losing to Nicole Becannon. He jumps from 17 to 15 as a result. Brett Erickson comes in at 16 after beating Zach Stein in an instant classic and becoming only the second 8-0 battler in the show’s history (the first was Albert Escobedo, in case they ask that at bar trivia or Jeopardy or whatever). Dan Nolan’s return to the show featured an absolutely dominant win over Robin Tran before a loss to Keith Carey, evening his record back up at 13-13. Doug Fager and Sarah Keller both drop five spots after first round tournament defeats to Becannon and Roque, respectively.

New York 11-20

11. Chloe McGovern
12. Stu Melton
13. Erica Spera
14. Anya Volz
15. Mikey Mayes
16. Isabel Hagen
17. George Fernandez
18. Leo Volf
19. Jessica Fleischer
20. Sally Ann Hall

Stu Melton continues his hot streak as he makes it to the finals of CFC XIX. His semifinal opponent, Boris Khaykin, was circumcised at 7 years old and I have never seen more foreskin jokes used in one fight. But Stu has rode that foreskin train to #12 in the rankings! Mikey Mayes jumps up a few spots after taking down CFC’s official Women’s Studies Major, Sally Ann Hall. And after a barnburner of a main event, Isabel Hagen beat Robbie Goodwin and moves into the top 20. Longtime CFC favorite George Fernandez is once again in a tournament final. He is a husband and a father and if he doesn’t win, his wife will probably leave him and his kids won’t love him anymore.

Los Angeles 21-30

21. Tony Bartolone 9-8
22. Joe Eurell 12-13-2
23. Rena Hundert 7-3
24. Jono Zalay 7-2
25. Jay Light 15-18-2
26. Tom Whalen 7-2
27. Billy Anderson 5-2
28. Joel Walkowski 14-8
29. John-Michael Bond 8-4
30. Stuart Thompson 6-6

Joe Eurell falls four spots after his triple-overtime loss to Keith Carey. Jay Light took a road loss to Jerron Horton at SXSW, while Billy Anderson took a little tumble after losing a Belly Room main event to Paige Wesley.

New York 21-30

21. Anthony Passaretti
22. Alison Klemp
23. Robbie Goodwin
24. Rob Ryan
25. Jill Weiner
26. KP Burke
27. Boris Khaykin
28. Pauline Murphy
29. Ben Miller
30. Bobby Sheehan

Former champ Anthony Passaretti is the heart and soul of Comedy Fight Club. He’s been coming down and killing it for years now. He’s always down for any fight, and this month he took on the Screamin’ Demon, Mike Kramer, and Anthony took home the win! Alison Klemp comes in at number 22 after beating KP Burke in a really fun main event battle. It was her first main event at CFC and she proved that she belongs and she is here to stay! Boris Khaykin is at number 27 after suffering his first loss at CFC in his semifinal fight against Stu Melton. And Pauline Murphy stays strong at #28 after a win over Michelle Conrad on our St. Patrick’s Day show. Ben Miller beat CFC favorite Bobby Sheehan to debut in the rankings at number 29. But, Ben said Bobby looks like he pulls out to cum in his own mouth, and Bobby went on a rant about why every man should drink their own cum, and the whole crowd chanted, “Drink your cum! Drink your cum! Drink your cum!”… so because of that, Bobby stays in the rankings at number 30.

(Editor’s note: What the fuck, man)

Los Angeles 31-50

31. Tim McGorry 7-3
32. Ashley Johnson 6-2
33. Armando Torres 5-6-1
34. Caesar Lizardo 10-8
35. Zach Stein 10-9
36. Movses Shakarian 6-5
37. Dylan Sullivan 4-3
38. Kelsey Lane 8-7
39. Russell Ells 4-0
40. Robin Tran 4-9-1

Not much to report here – Zach Stein falls three spots after losing to Brett Erickson and Robin Tran falls five after losing to Dan Nolan.

41. Lou Misiano 3-2
42. Paige Wesley 7-10
43. Julian Fernandez 5-3
44. Rebecca Rush 4-1
45. Brian McDaniel 5-4
46. Zahra Ali 4-3
47. Todd Walker 4-0
48. Micah Bleich 3-1
49. Mia Mars 4-4
50. Ezekiel Echevarria 4-1

Paige Wesley moves up seven spots with her win over Billy Anderson, leapfrogging Julian Fernandez as he moves up four spots with a win over Brian McDaniel (who drops to 45). Mia Mars falls to 49 after her loss to Sarah Fatemi, and that’ll do it for Volume 37 of the Power Rankings.

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