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November 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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.
November 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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 Emmy-award wining actor currently hosts, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” a web series that features interviews with contemporaries like Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Larry David among others.
November 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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 Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY), whose brutal take down of hecklers is well documented on Youtube.
“Don’t call me a ginger,” the redheaded Hofstetter warned the audience, “Only we can use that word, call me a “ginga” instead. It’s the “er” at the end of the G-word that is offensive.”
Seattle comedians Kortney Shane Williams and Parker Postyeni were awarded a tie for fifth place.
In his set Williams lambasted Yelp and people who rely on it for restaurant recommendations.
“Don’t trust Yelp reviews,” Williams said. “Yelp is something a dog does before it dies.”
The competition continues through Dec. 1 and a full schedule is available here.
Seattle International Comedy Competition Preliminary Week One-Night One Top 5 (+1) Results:
1st: Steve Hofstetter (Queens, NY)
2nd: Sam Demaris (Houston, TX)
3rd: Trenton Davis (Chicago, IL)
4th: Laura Hayden (Hermosa Beach, CA)
5th (tie): Kortney Shane Williams (Seattle, WA)
5th (tie): Parker Postyeni (Seattle, WA)
November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM
When Seattle comedian Danielle Radford got the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle at the Moore Theatre last month, the only thing on her mind was to avoid falling flat on her face. Radford, who’s been performing stand up for six years, not only managed to stay on her feet, but was able to get some big laughs — especially when she told an anecdotal story about attending a butterfly-themed wedding with a pastor who was dressed more like a pimp.
Radford is among 32 comedians entered in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, which runs Nov. 6 through Dec. 31. A full schedule with complete bios for all competitors is available here. Radford will perform on Nov. 6 at the Columbia City Theater in the preliminary week of the competition and was gracious enough to answer a few questions via email.
Name: Danielle Radford
Base of Operations: Seattle
Age: Same as Beyoncè
How did you get the chance to open for Dave Chappelle?
Radford: Live Nation contacted talent agent Ron Reid. He’s the go-to guy up here, and he recommended me. I got the call from him while I was walking up hill on the way home from work. We’ll just pretend the phone call was the only reason I was breathless.
What was it like to get laughs from that large of a crowd?
Radford: Making people laugh is the best feeling in the world, no matter the size of the crowd. Getting a giggle from one person is enough to make me light-headed and giddy, let alone thousands at once. All I could think when I left the stage was “don’t trip over your shoes, don’t trip over your shoes.”
How old were you when you decided you’d try comedy and what spawned that?
Radford: I was in my mid 20s. One of my roommates had been doing open mics, and he encouraged me to start. I’d just gone through a break up and hadn’t experienced enough rejection, I guess.
What was that first time on stage like?
Radford: I went onstage expecting to have to bribe the people in my life to never speak of it again, but I got a lot of laughs. The Sandman didn’t sweep me off the stage, so I went back the next night and every night after that.
Is comedy a full-time job and if not what do you do to pay the rent?
Radford: I used to be a paralegal full time, but it was really demanding work so I quit to focus on comedy. Now I work a part time job at a call center, which is the most boring sentence anyone has ever written.
Do you have a favorite spot or a certain night you prefer for performances and why?
Radford: I love any spot on any night if the people there are expecting comedy. A lot of times I’ll do a show somewhere and the crowd has NO idea it was going to happen. They all came out to get drunk, talk to their friends and watch the game and then, SURPRISE! STAND UP!
I love performing literally anywhere at anytime, so long as I don’t feel like I’m assaulting polite strangers with sudden spoken word.
What’s the best way to handle a heckler? Do you have a go-to response?
Radford: Hecklers aren’t that mean in Seattle; they just want to make it all about them. It’s best to shut them down quickly and move on.
Every dateless man who’s ever heckled me bought me a drink immediately following the show, which is a terrible plan. You can just buy me booze, dudes. No need to make me embarrass you in public first. Unless that’s what you’re into. In which case, there are websites for that, stop interrupting when mama’s talking.
Can you share a one liner?
Radford: My credit score is so low that it isn’t made of numbers, it’s just some dude who hits you in the face for asking.
Jeff Albertson: email@example.com
October 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Dave Chappelle’s opening-night performance on Tuesday for his four-night stand at the Moore Theatre was legendary. The comedian commanded big laughs and full attention of the audience throughout his hour and twenty minute set.
A fifth late show for 9:30 p.m. on Friday has also been added. Tickets are still available to that show. Tickets for tonight’s and Friday’s early show are completely sold out. That makes 4 sold-out shows in as many days and Friday’s late show will most likely sell out soon.
My review of Tuesday’s show is online now.
September 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Dave Chappelle will perform stand-up comedy on Oct. 1 at the Moore Theatre.
Tickets, which cost $55, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Chappelle, who infamously walked away from his highly successful Comedy Central show, was met with some unruly hecklers at a performance earlier this month at Oddball’s Funny or Die Festival in Hartford, Connecticut. The comedian cut his set short and walked off stage rather than deal with the rowdy audience members.
Following that incident Chappelle has managed to perform without problems and has even addressed his onstage “meltdown” in recent shows. There’s no denying Chappelle is one of the funniest comedians alive, here’s hoping audiences give him the chance to showcase that.
September 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM
Long lines, legal weed and inappropriate humor for children emerged as consistent themes throughout Sunday’s comedy performances at Bumbershoot. Here’s a look at a few of the showcases:
Comedy at the Playhouse: Doug Benson, Kyle Dunnigan, Tony Camin
Comedian Doug Benson opened Sunday’s show with the joke that seemed to already be on every attendee’s mind.
“What did you do today?” Benson asked the audience, “Stood in line so I could go stand in line somewhere,” he answered sarcastically.
That joke drew a healthy roar of approval from a jam-packed audience, all of which stood in line to get in to the festival, then stood in an even longer line in order to get passes to attend the day’s comedy shows.
For their patience the crowd was treated to a solid opening set from comedian Tony Camin, who warmed up the room at 1 p.m.
“The perfect job for people who smoke pot in Seattle is Monorail driver, you can’t ‘eff’ that up,” Camin said. “It’s just such a stoner job, McDonald’s is harder than that.”
Benson also addressed legal marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, but also wondered why the Department of Justice still considers it in the same classification as meth.
“I get high and watch ‘Breaking Bad,” but I don’t do meth and watch ‘Weeds.’” Benson said. “I’ve never been rolling a joint in a trailer home and had it explode.”
Host of the popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies,” Benson asked an audience member, who was seated next to her two children, to name her favorite movie and was shocked to learn it was a Roman Polanski film.
“Clean it up Doug, this is a family/Polanski-liking crowd,” Benson reminded himself.
To be fair, signs were posted warning that the subject matter might not be suitable for children.
Comedy at the Playhouse: Todd Barry, Jerrod Carmichael and Emily Heller
Of the day’s comedians, Todd Barry is the one who relies the least on jokes, instead focusing on more anecdotal tales.
Barry, a six-time performer at the festival, admitted he liked to read about the drama involved in Yelp reviews.
“Whenever you read a review and the word birthday party is involved you know it’s going to be good,” Barry said. “She had a reservation for 7 and wasn’t seated until 7:15, well no wonder she raced home to tear this place a new one.”
Speaking about sushi, his least favorite food, Barry acknowledged that he understands why people like it.
“It’s a beautiful and awful tasting food,” Barry said, “I tried it 17 years ago in the Cincinnati airport. There’s no second chance for sushi.”
Comedy at the Bagley: WTF? Live with Marc Maron
Mark Maron is the most visibly succsessful comedian at the festival and has a popular podcast, stand-up career, book deal and a show on IFC to back it up. If that makes him a bit cocky, he’s earned it.
The veteran comedian and his guests delivered a 60-minute set to a rowdy and capacity crowd.
Maron’s a self-loathing egoist who’s quick with criticism and slow with praise for his fellow comedians, but it’s always playful. Guests Jon Wurster, Mike Vecchione, Scott Aukerman and Kyle Dunnigan happily indulged and gave it right back.
Towards the end Dunnigan was nearly bumped from the show when the taping ran long.
Not missing a beat Maron asked the audience, “Who’s next? Patton [Oswalt]? Eff him he’s had it good, he can wait,” Maron teased.
August 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM
If you’re familiar with that band, but not Wurster, you’re in for a treat. Wurster is a walking encyclopedia of obscure music trivia and knowledge and he pairs it with impeccable comedic timing and an ability to improvise on the fly.
Wurster, who also plays drums with the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, can be heard as a frequent call-in guest on Tom Scharpling’s weekly radio show, “The Best Show On WFMU.” Together they are the perfect comedy duo for obsessive music and comedy nerds. Wurster, who also does pitch-perfect impressions of Gene Simmons and Marky Ramone, booked one of the Dead Milkmen’s first shows and was name checked in their song, “Stuart,” about a kid who desperately wants a burrow owl for Christmas.
Here’s the Scharpling-directed video for Aimee Mann’s “Labrador,” in which Wurster and Jon Hamm appear.
June 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Comedy at Bumbershoot has always drawn huge crowds and long lines. This year’s lineup, featuring stellar national acts like Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron means more of the same. Along with the national comedians, the festival will also feature Northwest comedians from the Best of Tacoma Comedy Club and Laff Hole, a weekly comedy showcase at Chop Suey.
Comedy at The Bagley
Patton Oswalt & Friends
Doug Loves Movies
Improv4Humans starring Matt Besser, Tim Meadows, Brian Huskey, and Horatio Sanz
How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner and special guest Ted Leo
Comedy Bang! Bang! Screening + Q&A
June 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM
James Heneghen is a veteran Seattle comic with tons of respect from local and national comedians. Heneghen reflects on his career, bombing in a room full of hecklers and his refusal to play by the rules in this recent episode of Modern Comedian.
Heneghen is a regular at the Comedy Underground where he hosts a showcase of local comedians. Check the calendar for up coming shows.
Warning: contains swear words.
Modern Comedian is produced by Scott Moran and is part of the PBS Digital Studios network. The series features candid interviews and performances by up coming and national comedians.
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