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September 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Sketchfest Seattle wraps up with a weekend of sketch and stand-up performances

Sketchfest Seattle, the annual festival of sketch and stand-up comedy, wraps up with performances tonight, Sept. 25 at the Pocket Theater and Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday Sept.  27 at the Annex Theatre. Tonight’s show features sketch comedy from Seattle’s “Ubiquitous They,” described by current GQ writer Lindy West as “a cohesive,…

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Comments | Topics: Seattle Comedy, Sketchfest Seattle, Stand-Up Comedy

September 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Parlor Live to host ‘Last Comic Standing’ showcase with 44 local comedians

Seattle’s Parlor Live will be holding a showcase for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. The showcase will feature 44 local comedians vying for a chance to be included in the reality TV show’s ninth season. Tickets are only $3-$5 and all proceeds will benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

The ninth season of the reality show will premiere on May 21, 2015. Former winners include Dat Phan, John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden and Iliza Shlesinger.

"Last Comic Standing" showcase. (Photo via  @ParlorSeattle on Twitter)

“Last Comic Standing” showcase. (Photo via @ParlorSeattle on Twitter)

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Last Comic Standing, Parlor Live, Seattle Comedy

September 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

UPDATE: Dave Chappelle to perform eight shows over four nights at the Neptune Theatre

Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform Oct. 13-14 at the Neptune Theatre. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform Oct. 13-14 at the Neptune Theatre. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

UPDATE: Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform eight  shows over four nights, Oct. 13-16, at the Neptune Theatre. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets, which cost $55, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and are available by phone at 877-784-4849 or online at www.stgpresents.org. The last time the Emmy-nominated comedian came through town he sold out all four nights at the Moore Theatre. My review of his opening-night performance is here.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy, Dave Chappelle, neptune theatre

September 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

UPDATE: Keith Urban’s concert at Washington State Fair rescheduled

UPDATE: Keith Urban’s concert at the Washington State Fair has been rescheduled to next year, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Ticket holders for the 2014 Keith Urban concert can hold on to their tickets, which will be honored at next year’s show or return the ticket before Oct. 31, 2014 for a refund. For more…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Stevie Wonder bringing “Songs in the Key of Life” to KeyArena

Stevie Wonder will perform on Dec. 3 at KeyArena. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Stevie Wonder will perform on Dec. 3 at KeyArena. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Stevie Wonder will bring his “Songs in the Key of Life Performance” to KeyArena on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Tickets, which cost $145.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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September 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Big comedy names get big laughs at Oddball Festival | Review

During the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at the White River Amphitheatre, comedian and host Jeff Ross paused to pay tribute Friday to Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. It was a touching and sincere homage to two of stand-up comedy’s most influential performers, and Ross found a way to bring humor to the moment. “Comedy comes…

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September 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Comedy Mystery Mutants: Extreme skipping and time traveling Hitler assassins

The Comedy Mystery Mutants took Sunday’s Bumbershoot audience on a tour of Seattle’s weird underbelly of comedy with a mix of sketch, video, music and stand-up comedy at the Leo K. Theatre. Led by MC Albert Kirchner the show’s highlights included a display of gravity-defying jumps and twists from Extreme Gene (played by…

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Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Brendan Kelley, Bumbershoot 2014

August 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Seattle comedian Brett Hamil on losing his virginity to Nirvana’s ‘Teen Spirit’

There were a lot of laughs throughout the The Laughs Comedy Spot Showcase at the Leo K. Theatre on Saturday, but it was Seattle’s Brett Hamil that stood out with his self-deprecating and revealing take on sex and marriage.

“I married up,” Hamil admitted, “Four years ago she slid this ring on my finger and for the first time in my life I own something pawn-able.”

Hamil also spoke candidly about the time he lost his virginity.

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August 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Bumbershoot brings comedian Nick Decktor one-step closer to his childhood dream of joining the Wu-Tang Clan

Seattle’s female-focused weekly comedy show, “The Comedy Womb,” put on one of the funniest and well-rounded shows of the day on Saturday at Bumbershoot. Led by MC and producer, Danielle K.L. Gregoire, the show featured 16 of the city’s best underground comedians each performing 3-minute sets at the Leo K….

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