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November 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Comedian Mike Burns, who created the fictional Karl Welzien (@dadboner) on Twitter will read from his book, “Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style,” tonight at the Sunset Tavern.
“Power Moves” chronicles the decline of Welzien from a Dockers and golf-shirt wearing dad to pony-tailed party machine whose main goal in life is peepin’ babes, drinking cold ones and coming up with bold new ideas to cure a hangover.
For the past two years @DadBoner has tweeted more than 8,000 times and now has nearly 150,000 followers.
Gatorpagne: half champagne, half Gatorade, because hydration don't need a reason to celebrate, you guys. Is it in you?
— Karl Welzein (@DadBoner) May 12, 2012
That success and notoriety on Twitter landed Burns an agent and a book deal. Burns spoke over the phone recently about the character he created and how the popularity of the feed has taken him by surprise.
Q: How much of your own personality is in Karl?
A: The bad parts. Like when you lie and tell yourself everything’s OK, but really you’re at the bottom of a bottle and that OK feeling’s gonna go away really quickly unless you find another bottle to find the bottom of.
November 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM
Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand up comedy on Feb. 7 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets, which will cost $48-$82, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15.
Seinfeld, whose high-rated sitcom ended in 1998, topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the highest-earning comedians for the third year in a row in 2013. The Emmy-award wining actor currently hosts, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” a web series that features interviews with contemporaries like Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Larry David among others.
November 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Seattle night life moguls Jason Lajeunesse and David Meinert — owners of the Lost Lake Tavern and Neumo’s, among other Capitol Hill spots — have signed a lease to take over Seattle’s beloved dive bar the Comet Tavern. The pair plan to reopen in early 2014.
In a press release issued today, the they outlined their plan for bar. “We plan to continue to have some live music, but not every night of the week. We will revive much of the Comet’s lost charms, from pool tables, to pinball games, to a karaoke night, while introducing a small food menu for the first time in the Comet’s history.” said Lajeunesse.
Lajeunesse and Meinert also co-own Barboza and Big Mario’s Pizza, not to mention the Capitol Hill Block Party.
The Comet Tavern, which closed abrubtly on Oct. 6 after previous owner Brian Balodis ran into financial trouble.
Prior to closing, the Comet Tavern hosted live music almost every night of the week and was a place for up and coming local bands and smaller touring bands to perform.
November 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM
The 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition began last night at the Columbia City Theater with 16 comedians each trying to win over the audience and the judges to advance to the next round. The night, hosted by Gabriel Rutledge, featured each comedian performing 7-minute sets.
First place went to Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY), whose brutal take down of hecklers is well documented on Youtube.
“Don’t call me a ginger,” the redheaded Hofstetter warned the audience, “Only we can use that word, call me a “ginga” instead. It’s the “er” at the end of the G-word that is offensive.”
Seattle comedians Kortney Shane Williams and Parker Postyeni were awarded a tie for fifth place.
In his set Williams lambasted Yelp and people who rely on it for restaurant recommendations.
“Don’t trust Yelp reviews,” Williams said. “Yelp is something a dog does before it dies.”
The competition continues through Dec. 1 and a full schedule is available here.
Seattle International Comedy Competition Preliminary Week One-Night One Top 5 (+1) Results:
1st: Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY)
2nd: Sam Demaris (Houston, TX)
3rd: Trenton Davis (Chicago, IL)
4th: Laura Hayden (Hermosa Beach, CA)
5th (tie): Kortney Shane Williams (Seattle, WA)
5th (tie): Parker Postyeni (Seattle, WA)
November 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM
November 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Paul Simon and Sting will play KeyArena on February 19. The pair will perform together in addition to solo performances with their respective bands. Tickets go on sale at 10 .m. on Monday, Nov 18.
November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM
When Seattle comedian Danielle Radford got the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle at the Moore Theatre last month, the only thing on her mind was to avoid falling flat on her face. Radford, who’s been performing stand up for six years, not only managed to stay on her feet, but was able to get some big laughs — especially when she told an anecdotal story about attending a butterfly-themed wedding with a pastor who was dressed more like a pimp.
Radford is among 32 comedians entered in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, which runs Nov. 6 through Dec. 31. A full schedule with complete bios for all competitors is available here. Radford will perform on Nov. 6 at the Columbia City Theater in the preliminary week of the competition and was gracious enough to answer a few questions via email.
Name: Danielle Radford
Base of Operations: Seattle
Age: Same as Beyoncè
How did you get the chance to open for Dave Chappelle?
Radford: Live Nation contacted talent agent Ron Reid. He’s the go-to guy up here, and he recommended me. I got the call from him while I was walking up hill on the way home from work. We’ll just pretend the phone call was the only reason I was breathless.
What was it like to get laughs from that large of a crowd?
Radford: Making people laugh is the best feeling in the world, no matter the size of the crowd. Getting a giggle from one person is enough to make me light-headed and giddy, let alone thousands at once. All I could think when I left the stage was “don’t trip over your shoes, don’t trip over your shoes.”
How old were you when you decided you’d try comedy and what spawned that?
Radford: I was in my mid 20s. One of my roommates had been doing open mics, and he encouraged me to start. I’d just gone through a break up and hadn’t experienced enough rejection, I guess.
What was that first time on stage like?
Radford: I went onstage expecting to have to bribe the people in my life to never speak of it again, but I got a lot of laughs. The Sandman didn’t sweep me off the stage, so I went back the next night and every night after that.
Is comedy a full-time job and if not what do you do to pay the rent?
Radford: I used to be a paralegal full time, but it was really demanding work so I quit to focus on comedy. Now I work a part time job at a call center, which is the most boring sentence anyone has ever written.
Do you have a favorite spot or a certain night you prefer for performances and why?
Radford: I love any spot on any night if the people there are expecting comedy. A lot of times I’ll do a show somewhere and the crowd has NO idea it was going to happen. They all came out to get drunk, talk to their friends and watch the game and then, SURPRISE! STAND UP!
I love performing literally anywhere at anytime, so long as I don’t feel like I’m assaulting polite strangers with sudden spoken word.
What’s the best way to handle a heckler? Do you have a go-to response?
Radford: Hecklers aren’t that mean in Seattle; they just want to make it all about them. It’s best to shut them down quickly and move on.
Every dateless man who’s ever heckled me bought me a drink immediately following the show, which is a terrible plan. You can just buy me booze, dudes. No need to make me embarrass you in public first. Unless that’s what you’re into. In which case, there are websites for that, stop interrupting when mama’s talking.
Can you share a one liner?
Radford: My credit score is so low that it isn’t made of numbers, it’s just some dude who hits you in the face for asking.
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October 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Dave Chappelle’s opening-night performance on Tuesday for his four-night stand at the Moore Theatre was legendary. The comedian commanded big laughs and full attention of the audience throughout his hour and twenty minute set.
A fifth late show for 9:30 p.m. on Friday has also been added. Tickets are still available to that show. Tickets for tonight’s and Friday’s early show are completely sold out. That makes 4 sold-out shows in as many days and Friday’s late show will most likely sell out soon.
My review of Tuesday’s show is online now.
September 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Deck the Hall Ball will feature Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Head and The Heart, Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Foals and Tame Impala.
The annual holiday show put on by Seattle’s 107.7 the End takes place at KeyArena on Dec. 3. Tickets, which cost $47.70-$77.70, will go on sale at noon on Oct. 4.
September 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Cher will play KeyArena on June 28, 2014. Tickets, which cost $45.50-$156, will go on sale at noon on Oct. 4.
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