It’s been a decade since Justin Rupple graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Thanks to the school, he landed a dream internship and eventual job at KIRO Radio in Seattle. It was truly a lifelong goal of his to work for the home of the Seahawks & Mariners, considering he grew up a stone’s throw away in Issaquah. His previous radio show at KUGR Radio in Pullman was certainly a lot easier to break into than this Northwest powerhouse.

Satisfying his need to be behind the mic, he started attempting stand-up comedy in early 2006 at the legendary, but now defunct, Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle. It wasn’t until a new comedy club discovered him in late 2008 at the Seattle International Comedy Competition that Justin found his footing in the comedy scene. The Parlor Live Comedy Club hired Rupple as their first and only house host, and, for almost two years, he performed up to six shows a week at one of the nation’s best clubs.

He left his home in Issaquah in 2010 for Los Angeles to keep the momentum pushing forward. Even with the help from Seattle, it took nearly six years to find a foothold in one of the most talent rich cities on the planet. Finally this year, the Tetris pieces seem to start fitting into place. First, he shot a feature length foreign film “Operation Chromite” starring Liam Neeson to be released this summer. Then his luck continued as Dana Carvey and company tapped him to compete on the comedic impression game show “First Impressions” on The USA Network.