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April 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 is sold out!

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

After cancelling the first-ever second weekend of Sasquatch!, originally scheduled for July 4-6, Adam Zacks and LiveNation announced that the original weekend, scheduled for May 23 – 25 has completely sold out.

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March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Weirdos getting freaky in the deep end? ‘Steve Pool Comedy Showcase’ dives right in

Evangeline Spracklin.

Evangeline Spracklin.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase is a bit like the open swim at a public pool. You can never be sure what will happen. There’s always one guy with goggles on just hanging around the deep end and somebody’s hairy uncle might try a double off the high dive if he’s drunk enough.

The monthly comedy and variety show takes place at Vermillion on Capitol hill and features stand-up comedy, videos, sketches and improv skits. The event spotlights a mix of performers pushing the envelope with absurdly off-the-wall material. Sometimes they bomb, but mostly they deliver and it’s rewarding to watch a group of young performers willing to take that chance.

The lifeguard for this motley crew of comedy upstarts is Evangeline Spracklin, a 24-year-old budding comic who also serves as the evening’s host and MC. Spracklin’s written pieces for Jezebel, produced videos for the Seattle Opera and also served as a mentor at Reel Grrls.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle; free.

Q/A with Evangeline Spracklin below.

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March 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Rory Scovel to headline Washington Comedy Festival on April 26

Comedian Rory Scovel will perform at the Washington Comedy Festival on April 26 in Wenatchee.

Comedian Rory Scovel will perform at the Washington Comedy Festival on April 26 in Wenatchee.

Rory Scovel, a finalist in the 2006 Seattle International Comedy Competition, will headline the Washington Comedy Festival, which takes place April 26 in Wenatchee. Tickets cost $25-$35 and are available online at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee website or by phone at 509-663-ARTS.

The full roster of performers:

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February 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Kathy Griffin to perform at the Snoqualmie Casino on March 23

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…

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February 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Smooth talking Aziz Ansari coming to the Moore on March 30

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…

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February 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 lineup announced: Outkast headlines

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.

(Damian Dovarganes/ Associated Press)

(Damian Dovarganes/ Associated Press)

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January 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Brett Hamil on battling hecklers and getting laughs in rock clubs

Brett Hamil performs Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Comedy Underground.

Brett Hamil performs Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Comedy Underground.

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.

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