From Jeff Albertson: On her new album, “Same Sex Symbol,” comedian Cameron Esposito speaks candidly about her sexuality and appearance. “As you can tell by my haircut, I am a Thundercat … and also a giant lesbian! Of course I am, I have a side mullet and I look like most of Portland’s men.” Her…More
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Comedian Rory Scovel will perform a one-night stand at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the JewelBox Theater (Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar). Tickets are $15 and available via Brownpapertickets.com. Scovel is a master at improv and his off-the-cuff observations at Bumbershoot left audiences roaring…More
UPDATE: Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform 10 shows over four nights, Oct. 13-17, at the Neptune Theatre. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets, which cost $55, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and are available by phone at 877-784-4849 or online at www.stgpresents.org. The last time the Emmy-nominated comedian came through town he sold out all four nights at the Moore Theatre. My review of his opening-night performance is here.More
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…More
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….More
Rory Scovel walked on to the Playhouse Theatre stage looking like a disheveled youth pastor, with a scruffy beard and brown corduroy pants, but the Los Angeles-based comedian’s material was anything but squeaky clean.More
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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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.More
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.More
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