Watertown native Mike Bova has been named the best comedian at the seventh annual Upper State Independent Awards.
Mr. Bova also won the Utica-based award in 2012.
The award is designed to acknowledge independent artists from all genres and backgrounds.
The 1983 graduate of Watertown High School moved in 1994 to the greater Utica area, where he has done a few different things, from owning a construction business to working in the newspaper industry.
Mr. Bova travels the country performing comedy and is a motivational speaker. He is also co-owner of Benny HaHas Comedy Club in Utica.