CPC Summer Slam


August is here and the champ is IN THE HOUSE!

But first, we had a full slate of Open Mic enthusiasts, starting with D-Zaster… who talked about a poem he was trying to write, rather than actually performing a poem. It will be about Killer Croc and it will be epic. Next time. 🙂

Next up was… Lord Voldemort! Luckily I wasn’t too scared to say her name as she made her poetic performance debut!

Next was Mayhem who covered… wait for… DAVID HASSELHOFF! The HOFF was HERE in the form of Mayhem!

Lastly, a member of the Urban Legends team this year, trying out a new stage name and making their CPC debut, Girly-Boy!

Then it was time for the Slam!

Our ever so unable host and recapped was also the Sac Poet for the evening as Rusty Priske gave a sneak peak at one of the poems he has written as part of the Comic/Poem Fundraising Project. Despite having trouble reading his own writing, he got… 9.0 8.3 8.5 TEN 9.6 – 27.1

The first name out of the hat full of actual slam competitors was a first-timer on our stage, Yasmine! 8.8 8.9 8.7 8.3 TEN – 26.4

Next up was a member of this year’s CapSlam team, DMP! 9.2 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.2 – 27.4

Next was another new voice to hit our stage, Aiko! 8.0 8.5 8.9 8.4 8.2 – 25.1

Next was the CPC Director and member of the CapSlam team, Sarah Ruszala! 9.5 9.5 9.7 TEN TEN – 29.2! Huge Score!

Finally we wrapped with another Urban Legends team member, Playto! 9.1 9.0 9.9 TEN TEN – 29.0!

Then we went straight into the one-minute LIGHTNING ROUND!

First up… Sarah Ruszala! 9.7 8.7 8.5 9.3 8.7 – 26.7

Next was DMP! TEN 8.1 9.5 9.6 9.4 – 28.5

The median poet of Round two was Playto! 9.8 8.6 9.6 9.7 9.6…BUT he went 1:17 for a .5 penalty. 28.4

The penultimate pre-break poet was Yasmine! 8.5 9.2 8.4 9.3 9.0 – 26.7

Lastly we wrapped up with Aiko! 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.7 7.9 – 25.7

Then it was break time… and some interesting shenanigans involving tinfoil… but then it was time for…


Nina is many, many things. A great poet, of course. But in addition she is the youngest ever member of a CapSlam team. She is certainly the youngest CapSlam Champ ever. She is the first woman to win the belt. And more…

And she showed why. She did a moving and wonderful set. The centrepiece was a great new six-minute poem about OCD that was just magic.


Then we finished up with the final slam round.

First up – Yasmine! 8.8 9.5 9.6 8.7 9.4 – 27.7

Then, Aiko! 8.5 8.7 8.9 TEN 8.1 – 26.1

Sarah Ruszala! 9.5 9.7 TEN TEN 9.2 – 29.2!

Playto! 8.8 9.5 9.8 9.0 9.5 – 28.0

Lastly, DMP! TEN 9.8 9.6 9.6 9.7… but he went 3:22 for a 1 point penalty. 28.1


1. Playto – 85.4
2. Sarah Ruszala – 85.1
3. DMP – 84.0
4. Yasmine – 80.8
5. Aiko – 76.9

Next up is the CapSlam / Urban Legends head-to-head slam on August 8th at Pressed Cafe!

Then, on August 15th, the final CPC Summer Slam of the season, featuring the CapSlam team!

Nina Vuleta, Rusty Priske, Billie the King, DMP, Sarah Ruszala!


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