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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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Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Seattle Comedy

August 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Bob Dylan and His Band coming to the Paramount Theatre

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan and His Band will perform for three nights Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5 at LiveNation.com, STGPresents.org, or by phone 877-784-4849. Prices have yet to be announced.

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Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bob Dylan, paramount theatre

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he’s won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States and around the world. The Seattle-based comedian has built a solid a career out of making people laugh and will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a performer with a headlining slot Aug. 28-30 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

At what point in your career did you realize this was a life-long gig?

I didn’t go into it with a 30-year plan, I just wanted to do it for a living and here it is, 30 years later. I’m 58 and just now starting to realize that this is going to be my life-long gig.

There must have been times when you experienced self-doubt, what got you past that and kept you performing?

I didn’t go through that much. You HAVE to have confidence in yourself if you’re going to succeed. You have to believe that you have the right stuff. I’ve always walked onstage believing I was going to succeed. I know that sounds like Tony Robbins, but it’s true.

What was your first time on stage like?

Sept. 4th, 1984. I truly signed up for what I thought was the Tuesday night open mic at the Comedy Underground, but in reality was an audition for the Seattle Comedy Competition. I actually signed up a year earlier and then chickened out about 15 minutes before I was to go on stage. I drove back to Pasco with my tail between my legs hating myself and taught school for another year, before coming back and signing up again. The Comedy Underground was packed (it used to be like that for open mics in 1984) and I killed. After my set, the late Laura Crocker came up to me and told me congratulations, that I had done great and they wanted me in the competition. I didn’t understand what she was taking about. I thought it was an open mic. She explained that it was an open mic, but also an audition and I had passed and the competition started the following Tuesday night. So starting the next Tuesday night, I commuted from Pasco to Seattle each night to perform in Seattle and teach in Pasco the next day. I finished 18th out of 20 for my week.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Brad Upton, Jokes, Laughs Comedy Spot

August 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Soundgarden, Pharrell to perform prior to Seahawks’ season opener vs. Packers

Soundgarden and Pharrell will perform a free concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field. (Seattle Times)

Soundgarden and Pharrell will perform a free concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 outside Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. (Seattle Times)

Two Grammy award-winning acts, singer/rapper Pharrell and Seattle’s own Soundgarden, will perform a free concert outside CenturyLink Field on Sept. 4 before the Seattle Seahawks‘ 2014 NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers. The music begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

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Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Green Bay Packers, NFL, Pharrell

July 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Sub Pop releasing Sarah Silverman’s new album on vinyl, CD and digital download

Sub Pop will be releasing Sarah Silverman’s new comedy album, “We Are Miracles,” on September 23. The LP will be available on limited-edition colored vinyl, CD and digital formats. The special was recorded at Largo in Los Angeles and features material from Silverman’s Emmy-nominated headline special for HBO. Sub Pop has also released comedy albums by David Cross, Eugene Mirman and  Patton Oswalt.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy, Sarah Silverman, Sub Pop

July 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

’80s New Wave pioneers New Order to play Paramount | Concert preview

New Order, formed in 1980, pioneered a blend of post-punk and synth-pop, creating huge dance-floor anthems, including “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “Blue Monday.” The band currently features founding members Bernard Sumner (pictured), Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert along with Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman, who replaced original bassist Peter Hook in 2011. New Order 8 p.m. Sunday, July…

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