Comedian Kathy Griffin, whose album “Calm Down Gurrl” won a Grammy Award for best comedy album, will be peforming at 8 p.m. on March 23 at the Snoqualmie Casino. Griffin’s a pop-culture obsessed comedian who uses her wit to skewer celebrities. Her reality TV-show, “My Life on the D-List,” chronicled her attempts…More
Comedian Aziz Ansari will perform two shows on March 30 at the Moore Theatre. Tickets are $25-$45. Ansari, who plays the smooth-talking player Tom Haverford on NBC’s Emmy-nominated “Parks and Recreation,” released his third special, “Buried Alive” in 2013. My interview with Ansari, in which he discussed being dissed…More
The suspicions have proven true. Outkast — the Atlanta hip-hop duo that’s reuniting after a decade at Coachella this April — is also going to play the first installment of this year’s two-part Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May.
Soundgarden headlines phase two of the festival in July. Below is the full lineup for Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends, announced at a launch party at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre Monday night.
There are challenges to performing stand-up comedy in venues not set up for it. Capturing an audience’s attention while the TVs at the bar are showing the Mariners’ game is no easy task and being the person onstage telling jokes while the local team’s season goes down in flames is a recipe for disaster.
Comedian Brett Hamil knows the perils of performing in non-traditional comedy clubs. For the past seven years he’s been doing stand-up comedy in nearly every bar or club in the Seattle area that hosts a comedy night. During that time Hamil’s built a solid repertoire and a strong stage presence that’s now allowing him to venture out onto the road and into venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Hamil allowed me to tag along with him to a gig at VinoBella in Issaquah last year. I remember telling myself that this was not going to go well, but Hamil performed like a seasoned veteran and in minutes turned a stodgy room of wine sippers into a bunch of gut-busting belly laughers.
Hamil will be performing along with headliner Felicia Michaels on Thursday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Comedy Underground.More
Ron Reid, who produces the Seattle International Comedy Competition, has been performing stand-up comedy for more than 15 years, he’s toured the country, performed on national TV and now he’ll be teaching the tricks of his trade in a series of classes at North Seattle Community College. Reid will teach two sections of “ More
Comedian Billy Anderson will host a two-day talent showcase at 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at Jai Thai on Broadway for comedians seeking a chance to perform at the Washington Comedy Festival. Each night 16 local comedians will perform five minutes of material for…More
Before winning the the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, Zoltan Kaszas was an injured wannabe professional wrestler performing in a converted warehouse doubling as a comedy club.
Now, the 26-year-old from San Marcos, Calif. is meeting with an agent and a talent coordinator for Fox Television.
On stage Kaszas, who once coached a youth soccer team, uses observational humor and anecdotal jokes from his personal life to get laughs.
“I wouldn’t have signed up to coach if they had told me that all their games are on Saturday mornings at 7,” he said. “I like to drink. I’m not teaching these kids anything except what a whiskey hangover smells like.”
Kaszas spoke over the phone to us about his big win and the plans he has for the future.
How long have you been performing?
I’ve been doing stand up for 7 years now. I was 19 when I got started. Doing comedy wasn’t my original dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, but I have bad shoulders. I was going to get surgery and I was like well I have to do something while I’m in a cast for six months. I always loved stand up and I was always the one cracking jokes, making people laugh, but I never thought I could do it.
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.More
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…More
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…More