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Category: Comedy
August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he’s won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States and around the world. The Seattle-based comedian has built a solid a career out of making people laugh and will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a performer with a headlining slot Aug. 28-30 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

At what point in your career did you realize this was a life-long gig?

I didn’t go into it with a 30-year plan, I just wanted to do it for a living and here it is, 30 years later. I’m 58 and just now starting to realize that this is going to be my life-long gig.

There must have been times when you experienced self-doubt, what got you past that and kept you performing?

I didn’t go through that much. You HAVE to have confidence in yourself if you’re going to succeed. You have to believe that you have the right stuff. I’ve always walked onstage believing I was going to succeed. I know that sounds like Tony Robbins, but it’s true.

What was your first time on stage like?

Sept. 4th, 1984. I truly signed up for what I thought was the Tuesday night open mic at the Comedy Underground, but in reality was an audition for the Seattle Comedy Competition. I actually signed up a year earlier and then chickened out about 15 minutes before I was to go on stage. I drove back to Pasco with my tail between my legs hating myself and taught school for another year, before coming back and signing up again. The Comedy Underground was packed (it used to be like that for open mics in 1984) and I killed. After my set, the late Laura Crocker came up to me and told me congratulations, that I had done great and they wanted me in the competition. I didn’t understand what she was taking about. I thought it was an open mic. She explained that it was an open mic, but also an audition and I had passed and the competition started the following Tuesday night. So starting the next Tuesday night, I commuted from Pasco to Seattle each night to perform in Seattle and teach in Pasco the next day. I finished 18th out of 20 for my week.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Brad Upton, Jokes, Laughs Comedy Spot

July 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Sub Pop releasing Sarah Silverman’s new album on vinyl, CD and digital download

Sub Pop will be releasing Sarah Silverman’s new comedy album, “We Are Miracles,” on September 23. The LP will be available on limited-edition colored vinyl, CD and digital formats. The special was recorded at Largo in Los Angeles and features material from Silverman’s Emmy-nominated headline special for HBO. Sub Pop has also released comedy albums by David Cross, Eugene Mirman and  Patton Oswalt.

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Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy, Sarah Silverman, Sub Pop

June 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Comedy’s biggest stars coming to White River Amphitheatre

Louis C.K. and others to play White River Amphitheatre on Sept. 5.

Louis C.K. and others to play White River Amphitheatre on Sept. 5.

Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings and Brody Stevens are coming to the White River Amphitheatre on Sept. 5. Tickets for the event, billed as the “Funny Or Die Presents Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival 2014,” cost  $35-$99.75 and will go onsale at 10 a.m on Saturday, June 28 via


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June 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Bumbershoot Comedy lineup: local favorites and national stars

Comedian Doug Benson will perform at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

Comedian Doug Benson will perform at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

Bumbershoot announced its comedy lineup and it’s packed with podcast stars, locally-sourced comics and a fine selection of sketch and improv. The music and arts festival takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Seattle Center.

Stand up performers include W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson, Ted Alexandro, Cristela Alonzo, Matt Braunger, Beth Stelling and Rory Scovel among others.

The festival will feature “Star Talk Live” with Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman, “Doug Loves Movies” with comedian Doug Benson and Paul F Tompkins’ “Dead Authors Podcast” all broadcasting live.

Seattle’s comedy scene is represented by “The Comedy Womb,” “Punchline Comedy,” “Wine Shots: Comedy’s Happiest Hour” and “Comedy On Trial.”

Sketch performers include “The Improvised Shakespeare Company,” “Seattle People Doing Sketch” and “The Early Late Show with Yogi Paliwal.”

The full lineup and schedule is available at


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Bill Nye, Bumbershoot, Comedy

June 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Parlor Live unveils swanky new comedy club in downtown Seattle

Comedian Jeff Dye will perform June 19-21 at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Seattle.

Comedian Jeff Dye will perform June 19-21 at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Seattle.

Parlor Live celebrated its grand-opening in Seattle on Saturday, June 14 with sets by Kivi Rogers, Justin Rupple, Jay Hollingsworth and Andrew Rivers. The upscale comedy venue, located in the heart of Seattle’s Westlake shopping district, now joins Comedy Underground as the second full-time comedy venue in the city. Parlor has operated its Bellevue location for six years and by expanding to Seattle guarantees more choices for audiences to see regional and national headlining comedians.

The space, located in what was formerly the Fox Sports Grill at 1522 Sixth Ave., occupies two floors. The upstairs bar and restaurant include a massive wall of TV screens that were showing Saturday’s World Cup matches. The expansive showroom and lounge in the basement offer plenty of seating, a booming sound system and TV monitors that provide a view of the stage no matter where you sit.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy, Jeff Dye, Parlor Live Seattle

June 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

‘The Comedy Womb’ is creating a healthy environment for laughs

Danielle K.L Gregoire. (photo by Chris Ferguson)

Danielle K.L Gregoire. (Photo by Chris Ferguson)

Seattle’s comedy scene is thriving, but not where you might expect it. Many of Seattle’s fresh young comedians are working outside the realms of the traditional comedy clubs. Independently produced weekly and monthly events in bars, clubs and small theaters are where you’re most likely to find a growing group of local comedians working on new material.

One of these nights is “The Comedy Womb,” a female-focused night that takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Grotto of the Rendezvous. The night, produced, booked and ran by Danielle K.L. Gregoire, provides a welcoming space for women to perform — the lineup keeps the gender balance neutral with a 50/50 split between male and female performers.

Name: Danielle K.L. Gregoire

Base of operations: Seattle, WA

Age: 34

How long have you been doing stand up?

I have been performing stand up since September 28, 2012. I can’t do month math, it confuses me.

What got you interested in performing comedy?

I once saw a fifteen year old boy go up on stage, do original stand-up material, and crush in a room of a thousand band camp kids when I was fourteen. I was hooked. Instead of taking it up myself then I chose to ask him out. He said yes. I spent twenty more years watching and trying to get up the nerve to do it myself.


Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Danielle K.L. Gregoire, Seattle Comedy

May 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

New York Comedian Aparna Nancherla headlining string of Seattle gigs May 13-17

Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla

Comedian Aparna Nancherla has written for “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bel” was just named one of Time Magazine’s best twitter feeds of 2014, been a guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast” and will now headline a series of independently produced comedy shows showcasing Seattle’s talented alternative comedy scene.

The RendezvousComedy Womb – May 13th & 14th – $10 Tickets – Comedy Womb is a Seattle based female focus but not female exclusive weekly open mic that takes place in The Grotto space of the Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge. It began as a dream to even the ratio of male to female comedians in Seattle. Aparna will appear as headliner early on in both shows, followed by the usual open mic.

Jai Thai on BroadwayPunchline Comedy Shows – May 15th, 16th & 17th – Free Entry – Comedy shows happen at least four days a week in the back bar of Jai Thai in Seattle’s iconic Capitol Hill. They feature some of Seattle’s best up & coming comedians working with established comics every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Aparna will appear as a special guest on the Thursday variety show and will headline the shows on Friday and Saturday.

Tacoma Comedy Club – May 18th – $10 Tickets – Even as a relatively new comedy club, Tacoma Comedy Club has quickly established itself as one of the premier comedy venues in the Pacific Northwest due to their clear love of comedy and world class talent. Aparna will headline the one night only Sunday show at the club.


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May 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Gabriel Rutledge: ‘the pizza delivery business is not at all like it’s portrayed in the adult film industry’

Comedian Gabriel Rutledge will perform May 8-11 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Comedian Gabriel Rutledge will perform May 8-11 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Gabriel Rutledge has been making people laugh professionally for 13 years.  His dream has always been to be a full-time comedian, an achievement he earned after he quit his successful pizza delivery career in 2000. The Olympia-based comedian won the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2004 and has been working the road ever since. He will be performing May 8-11 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Along with touring full-time Rutledge has also managed to balance a healthy home life. He and his wife, Kristi, host a podcast (the Rutledges) where the two trade comedic barbs while examining the inner workings of their family life.

Name: Gabriel Antelope Rutledge

Base of Operations:  The Dirty South (Olympia)

Age:  40

How long have you been performing stand up?

13 years since my first open mic.

What was your first time onstage like?

Terrifying and exciting. I sort of sounded like I was reading a humorous essay, but it went well enough that I was encouraged. Afterward my wife said “That was pretty good, I was afraid it was going to be like that time you sang Garth Brooks at karaoke.”


Comments | Topics: Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Comedy, Gabriel Rutledge

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.


Comments | Topics: Sasquatch 2014

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