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November 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

UPDATE: Bill Cosby gigs in Tacoma, Yakima canceled

Bill Cosby’s performance, scheduled for April 18, 2015, at the Broadway Center, has been canceled. “This decision is not intended to pass judgment on Mr. Cosby – that is not the business of the Broadway Center,” said David Fischer, the Broadway Center’s executive director. Cosby’s been the subject of allegations of sexual assault by a list…

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November 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Five Seattle Comedians vying for a chance to appear on NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” has selected five Seattle comedians for call backs in Los Angeles on Nov. 3-4. The five were among 44 Northwest comedians that performed at a showcase at Seattle’s Parlor Live on Sunday, Sept. 28. I spoke to all five Seattle comics about the experience. Additionally, Portland’s Nathan Brannon was also selected for a call back.

Alysia Wood

Alysia WoodQ: You’re on the road more than a lot of Seattle comedians; did that give you any kind of advantage in preparing for this?

AW: The road helps overall, but live shows and TV have different timing and editing. I’ve learned a lot over time from mentors and even watching LCS.

Q: What were your expectations going in? Were you confident or nervous?

AW: I flew in that afternoon with one hour of sleep while having an allergy attack – so I was a mess. I was on 50mg of antihistamines, shaking and couldn’t think. I was mispronouncing words. I told Jubal (Flagg), “I hope I get my speak to work. I mean mouth.” That’s all I wanted.

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October 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Chappelle’s first Seattle set: funny, intermittently tense| Comedy review

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket /Invision/AP)

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s 7 p.m. stand-up set Monday at the Neptune Theatre was funny and intermittently tense without clear highlights, a meandering, conversational performance, which the legendary comic could at this point call his own genre. He covered topics such as race and class, poked frequent fun at the grain quinoa (“It can’t fix everything”) and chastised Seahawks fans who overestimate their influence on games’ outcomes (“You aren’t on the team”).

This is a comeback time for Chappelle, known for his aughts-era “Chappelle’s Show” sketch-comedy program, which he famously quit despite a rumored $50 million contract.

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October 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

With 10 Seattle shows , does Chappelle have a third act in him? | Comedy preview

Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in action, which on one hand is great news. Arguably the funniest person in America during the Bush II era, Chappelle went from being a stoner comic lingering in B-movies to suddenly a household name with his genius-streaked, sketch-comedy program “Chappelle’s Show” (2003-’04). He was a valuable criticizer of racism in America, and a soothsayer about hip-hop, even giving Kanye West his first TV performance. And then, he was gone.

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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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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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September 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

UPDATE: Dave Chappelle to perform 10 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 10 shows over four nights, Oct. 13-17, 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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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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