Parlor Live celebrated its grand-opening in Seattle on Saturday, June 14 with sets by Kivi Rogers, Justin Rupple, Jay Hollingsworth and Andrew Rivers. The upscale comedy venue, located in the heart of Seattle’s Westlake shopping district, now joins Comedy Underground as the second full-time comedy venue in the city. Parlor has operated its Bellevue location for six years and by expanding to Seattle guarantees more choices for audiences to see regional and national headlining comedians.
The space, located in what was formerly the Fox Sports Grill at 1522 Sixth Ave., occupies two floors. The upstairs bar and restaurant include a massive wall of TV screens that were showing Saturday’s World Cup matches. The expansive showroom and lounge in the basement offer plenty of seating, a booming sound system and TV monitors that provide a view of the stage no matter where you sit.
The club officially opened on Thursday, but touted Saturday’s show as its grand-opening party. A full house greeted Hollingsworth, the evening’s host, with huge applause and kept the intensity up throughout the show. Rupple, Hollingsworth and Rivers all got big laughs throughout their sets, but it was Rogers who stole the show with his opening — a perfectly executed lip synch and dance performance set to Jame’s Brown’s “The Payback.”
Service was a little spotty at first and it took some time to get food and drinks, but otherwise the evening went extremely well. Hollingsworth had to politely tell a few unruly audience members to shut up, but even that did not distract from the evening’s festivities.
Comedian Jeff Dye, originally from Kent, WA, will headline Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21. Dye has hosted two series for MTV, finished third on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. Tickets are $20-$30 and available via at ParlorLive.com.