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September 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

A new comedy stereotype emerges at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s slacker pot heads

Long lines, legal weed and inappropriate humor for children emerged as consistent themes throughout Sunday’s comedy performances at Bumbershoot. Here’s a look at a few of the showcases:

Comedy at the Playhouse:  Doug Benson, Kyle Dunnigan, Tony Camin

Comedian Doug Benson opened Sunday’s show with the joke that seemed to already be on every attendee’s mind.

“What did you do today?” Benson asked the audience, “Stood in line so I could go stand in line somewhere,” he answered sarcastically.

That joke drew a healthy roar of approval from a jam-packed audience, all of which stood in line to get in to the festival, then stood in an even longer line in order to get passes to attend the day’s comedy shows.

For their patience the crowd was treated to a solid opening set from comedian Tony Camin, who warmed up the room at 1 p.m.

“The perfect job for people who smoke pot in Seattle is Monorail driver, you can’t ‘eff’ that up,” Camin said. “It’s just such a stoner job, McDonald’s is harder than that.”

Benson also addressed legal marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, but also wondered why the Department of Justice still considers it in the same classification as meth.

“I get high and watch ‘Breaking Bad,” but I don’t do meth and watch ‘Weeds.’” Benson said. “I’ve never been rolling a joint in a trailer home and had it explode.”

Host of the popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies,” Benson asked an audience member, who was seated next to her two children, to name her favorite movie and was shocked to learn it was a Roman Polanski film.

“Clean it up Doug, this is a family/Polanski-liking crowd,” Benson reminded himself.

To be fair, signs were posted warning that the subject matter might not be suitable for children.

Comedy at the Playhouse: Todd Barry, Jerrod Carmichael and Emily Heller

Of the day’s comedians, Todd Barry is the one who relies the least on jokes, instead focusing on more anecdotal tales.

Barry, a six-time performer at the festival, admitted he liked to read about the drama involved in Yelp reviews.

“Whenever you read a review and the word birthday party is involved you know it’s going to be good,” Barry said. “She had a reservation for 7 and wasn’t seated until 7:15, well no wonder she raced home to tear this place a new one.”

Speaking about sushi, his least favorite food, Barry acknowledged that he understands why people like it.

“It’s a beautiful and awful tasting food,” Barry said, “I tried it 17 years ago in the Cincinnati airport. There’s no second chance for sushi.”

Comedy at the Bagley: WTF? Live with Marc Maron

Mark Maron is the most visibly succsessful comedian at the festival and has a popular podcast, stand-up career, book deal and a show on IFC to back it up. If that makes him a bit cocky, he’s earned it.

The veteran comedian and his guests delivered a 60-minute set to a rowdy and capacity crowd.

Maron’s a self-loathing egoist who’s quick with criticism and slow with praise for his fellow comedians, but it’s always playful. Guests Jon Wurster, Mike Vecchione, Scott Aukerman and Kyle Dunnigan happily indulged and gave it right back.

Towards the end Dunnigan was nearly bumped from the show when the taping ran long.

Not missing a beat Maron asked the audience, “Who’s next? Patton [Oswalt]? Eff him he’s had it good, he can wait,” Maron teased.

Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Doug Benson


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