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September 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Crowdfunded dream becomes stand-up reality

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Pocket Theater founder Clayton Weller is in the midst of a crowdfunded dream.

A year ago, the 29-year-old entertainment impresario was raising money for his project on Kickstarter. And on a recent Friday evening, he was sitting at the sound controls of his brand new performing venue on Greenwood Avenue North and watching spectators react to the first stand-up act of the evening.

Weller said his vision for the “Pocket” is new to Seattle. He foots the bill for space rental and marketing and performers get a payout if they sell more than 20 tickets per show. All shows —mostly stand up comedy and improv at the moment— are $10 online and $14 at the door.

Time will tell if the formula works. So far, Weller says he gets enough pitches from a variety of perfoming artists to book shows running every week, Thursday through Sunday. And his hope is that these performers get so big and popular that they can move on to bigger venues.

Will the next Jerry Seinfeld get his break here?

“That’s my dream,” said Weller, “That an artist can say, way back when, I started at the Pocket Theater.”

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