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January 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM

‘Wine Shots': comedy, nostalgia, a Michael Bolton cover band

Do you have a love of ’80s/’90s nostalgia and a thirst for  wine in a shot glass? If you answered yes to either of those questions, put down your wine spritzer and read on. “Wine Shots: Seattle’s Happiest Comedy Hour” not only specializes in entertaining audiences with a monthly evening of stand-up,…

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Andy Iwancio, Bettina McKelvey, Elicia Sanchez

January 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Punchline Comedy will tape regional comics ‘For the Record’ | Comedy preview

Comedian Erin Ingle performs at Jai Thai on Broadway. (Christian Leonard)

Comedian Erin Ingle performs at Jai Thai on Broadway (Christan Leonard)

Starting in January Punchline Comedy Shows will be partnering with RooftopComedy.com to record the stand-up of over 50 regional comedians in the back bar at Jai Thai on Broadway. The recordings will be produced for potential use as official submissions to SiriusXM, Laughs (Syndicated on Fox), RooftopComedy.com or nationwide festivals. Shows are on Saturday and start at 9 p.m. Admission is free (seating is limited and guests are encouraged to arrive early).

Punchline Comedy Shows has been producing comedy at Jai Thai since 2010. It’s one of the longest running and independently produced comedy nights in Seattle and has become ground zero for Seattle’s alternative comedy scene. Punchline also produces a weekly open mic every Tuesday and every other Friday. On the weekends, the healthy crowd transforms the venue into a place where local comedians can get much-needed stage time to hone their craft.

The full schedule:

Jan. 3: Host – Erin Ingle
Recording Comedians – Anica Cihla, Brendan Kelley, Brent Flyberg, Carl Powers, Curtis Cook, Eric Lundquist, Gerry Todd, Jake Naly, Jess Norton and Parker Postyeni.
Headliner – Derek Sheen

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Jai Thai on Broadway, Punchline Comedy Shows, Seattle Comedy

December 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

‘Henrietta Comedy Show’ brings curated laughs to Capitol Hill

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

Seattle’s comedy scene has an abundance of open mics. Evan Morrison and Albert Kirchner feel a curated approach is better.

The “Henrietta Comedy Show,” hosted by Seattle comedians Morrison and Kirchner, is bringing a carefully selected lineup of comedy to Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater every Second Saturday of the month.

“The format is designed for comedians to showcase the heart of their act in a curated environment,” Kirchner said, “We will introduce two comics doing 20-minute sets and finally a more established comedian performing for 30 minutes. We ask comics to focus on their more artistically fulfilling materials and styles. If the show is on their side, they will be more comfortable and playful, creating a better show overall.”

The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 13 features Emmett Montgomery and Elicia Sanchez, both of whom were recently selected by NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” for call-back auditions in Los Angeles. Montgomery also opened for Dave Chappelle at the Neptune Theatre recently and Sanchez is fresh of a tour opening for Hari Kondabolu. Ryan Casey, who also co-hosts “Laugh Riot” at the Naked City Brewery, will also be a featured performer.

Doors are at 10 p.m. and tickets, which cost $8-$10, can be reserved by phone at 800-838-3006 or online via Brown Paper Tickets.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Evan Morrison, Henrietta Comedy Show

December 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

2014 winner of Seattle International Comedy Competition is Nathan Brannon

Portland's Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition. (photo by Peter Greyy)

Portland’s Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition  (Peter Greyy)

Comedian Nathan Brannon capped a stellar year by winning the 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Sunday at the Comedy Underground.

The Portland-based comedian competed against 33 other hopefuls during the month-long competition which  took place in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Brannon’s had an impressive year. He was one of six performers selected for call backs for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and recently opened for superstar Dave Chappelle.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy Underground, Cory Michaelis, Kyle Bottom

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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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Bill Cosby, Broadway Center, Tacoma

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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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Alysia Wood, Andrew Rivers, Elicia Sanchez

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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Comments | Topics: Dave Chappelle, STG, The Neptune

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