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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 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 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Bumbershoot announcement party at Neumos | Concert review


Galen Disston, of Pickwick, performed at the Bumbershoot announcement party Thursday at Neumos.

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

The concept of throwing a show to advertise a much bigger show just makes for a silly time. It doesn’t matter how awesome the music is, there’s just no getting that promotional taste out of your mouth.


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Big Freedia, Bobby Womack, Bumbershoot

March 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Bumbershoot moving back to Memorial Stadium, adding headliners

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

After three years of having its mainstage inside KeyArena, Bumbershoot is moving its headliners back outdoors to Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium this year.

The move was precipitated by potential scheduling conflicts at KeyArena with the WNBA.

The board of directors of One Reel, the nonprofit that puts on Seattle’s annual arts festival, voted on Tuesday to authorize the shift and the increased expenses associated with it.


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bumbershoot, KeyArena, Memorial Stadium

September 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

A new comedy stereotype emerges at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s slacker pot heads

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…


Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Doug Benson

August 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Rock’s funniest drummer, Jon Wurster, to appear on WTF Live with Marc Maron

One of Marc Maron’s guests for the live taping of his “WTF” podcast on Sunday at Bumbershoot is Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. 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…


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Jon Wurster

August 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Nacho Picasso to rile local rap fans at Bumbershoot

By Mike Ramos Nacho Picasso has become a sort of underground antihero for Seattle rap fans over the last few years. His drugged-up and goonish, yet goofy and reference-packed lyrics delivered over dark electronic beats helped pioneer a local wave of gloomy grunge-rap in stark contrast with the city’s traditional sound. While his material might be…


Comments | More in Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Bumbershoot, Nacho Picasso

August 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Death Cab for Cutie to play ‘Transatlanticism’ in its entirety at Bumbershoot

By Hannah Leone “Transatlanticism” has pretty cool parents, so it’s no surprise candle that its 10th birthday party is a series of concerts during which they play the album in its entirety. Pacific Northwest indie-rock bigs Death Cab for Cutie, conceived at Bellingham’s Western Washington University in 1997, will play the 11-track record on the Bumbershoot Mainstage…


Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: Ben Gibbard, Bumbershoot, Death Cab for Cutie

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