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)
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.”More