Here are your first eight semi-finalists in the "Funniest Person in the Hudson Valley" contest.

After receiving a record amount of videos and recordings from comedians throughout the Hudson Valley we have selected the first group that will perform live in front of the WPDH listeners.

On Friday, September 22 The Boris & Robyn Show will be hosting a night of free comedy at Laugh It Up Comedy Club located at Mahoney's in Poughkeepsie. The show starts at 8pm and will include a set from Ryan DeNisco, last year's Funniest Person winner. While tickets are free, we suggest you reserve your seats online or call the club for reservations at (845) 418-3989.

Round two will take place at 8pm on Friday, September 29 at Joker's Comedy Club at GW's Sports Bar in Chester. The final four contestants will take the stage one final time back at Laugh It Up on October 14.

Here are the first eight semi-finalists:

Jared Rasario

Pete Vino

Andy McDermott

Leif Grund

Other semi-finalists include Mike Barone, Nicole Pressler, Jayson Scott and John Donovan