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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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June 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Seattle comic James Heneghen featured on Modern Comedian

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…

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