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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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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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December 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Seattle International Comedy Competition Winner Zoltan Kaszas | Q/A

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Before winning the the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, Zoltan Kaszas was an injured wannabe professional wrestler performing in a converted warehouse doubling as a comedy club.

Now, the 26-year-old from San Marcos, Calif. is meeting with an agent and a talent coordinator for Fox Television.

On stage Kaszas, who once coached a youth soccer team, uses observational humor and anecdotal jokes from his personal life to get laughs.

“I wouldn’t have signed up to coach if they had told me that all their games are on Saturday mornings at 7,” he said. “I like to drink. I’m not teaching these kids anything except what a whiskey hangover smells like.”

Kaszas spoke over the phone to us about his big win and the plans he has for the future.

How long have you been performing?

I’ve been doing stand up for 7 years now. I was 19 when I got started. Doing comedy wasn’t my original dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, but I have bad shoulders. I was going to get surgery and I was like well I have to do something while I’m in a cast for six months. I always loved stand up and I was always the one cracking jokes, making people laugh, but I never thought I could do it.

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October 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Tickets announced for a fifth Dave Chappelle show on Friday at the Moore Theatre

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…

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September 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Comedian Dave Chappelle to perform at the Moore Theatre on Oct. 1

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…

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