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September 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Comedy Mystery Mutants: Extreme skipping and time traveling Hitler assassins

The Comedy Mystery Mutants took Sunday’s Bumbershoot audience on a tour of Seattle’s weird underbelly of comedy with a mix of sketch, video, music and stand-up comedy at the Leo K. Theatre. Led by MC Albert Kirchner the show’s highlights included a display of gravity-defying jumps and twists from Extreme Gene (played by…

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August 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Bumbershoot brings comedian Nick Decktor one-step closer to his childhood dream of joining the Wu-Tang Clan

Seattle’s female-focused weekly comedy show, “The Comedy Womb,” put on one of the funniest and well-rounded shows of the day on Saturday at Bumbershoot. Led by MC and producer, Danielle K.L. Gregoire, the show featured 16 of the city’s best underground comedians each performing 3-minute sets at the Leo K….

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Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Seattle Comedy

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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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 Bumbershoot.org.

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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.

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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.”

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March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Weirdos getting freaky in the deep end? ‘Steve Pool Comedy Showcase’ dives right in

Evangeline Spracklin.

Evangeline Spracklin.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase is a bit like the open swim at a public pool. You can never be sure what will happen. There’s always one guy with goggles on just hanging around the deep end and somebody’s hairy uncle might try a double off the high dive if he’s drunk enough.

The monthly comedy and variety show takes place at Vermillion on Capitol hill and features stand-up comedy, videos, sketches and improv skits. The event spotlights a mix of performers pushing the envelope with absurdly off-the-wall material. Sometimes they bomb, but mostly they deliver and it’s rewarding to watch a group of young performers willing to take that chance.

The lifeguard for this motley crew of comedy upstarts is Evangeline Spracklin, a 24-year-old budding comic who also serves as the evening’s host and MC. Spracklin’s written pieces for Jezebel, produced videos for the Seattle Opera and also served as a mentor at Reel Grrls.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle; free.

Q/A with Evangeline Spracklin below.

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February 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Kathy Griffin to perform at the Snoqualmie Casino on March 23

Comedian Kathy Griffin, whose album “Calm Down Gurrl” won a Grammy Award for best comedy album, will be peforming at 8 p.m. on March 23 at the Snoqualmie Casino. Griffin’s a pop-culture obsessed comedian who uses her wit to skewer celebrities. Her reality TV-show, “My Life on the D-List,” chronicled her attempts…

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February 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Smooth talking Aziz Ansari coming to the Moore on March 30

Comedian Aziz Ansari will perform two shows on March 30 at the Moore Theatre. Tickets are $25-$45. Ansari, who plays the smooth-talking player Tom Haverford on NBC’s Emmy-nominated “Parks and Recreation,” released his third special, “Buried Alive” in 2013. My interview with Ansari, in which he discussed being dissed…

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