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January 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM

‘Wine Shots’: comedy, nostalgia, a Michael Bolton cover band

“Wine Shots: Comedy’s Happiest Hour”, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11 in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Do you have a love of ’80s/’90s nostalgia and a thirst for  wine in a shot glass? If you answered yes to either of those questions, put down your wine spritzer and read on. “Wine Shots: Seattle’s…


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Andy Iwancio, Bettina McKelvey, Elicia Sanchez

January 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Punchline Comedy will tape regional comics ‘For the Record’ | Comedy preview

Comedian Erin Ingle performs at Jai Thai on Broadway. (Christian Leonard)

Comedian Erin Ingle performs at Jai Thai on Broadway (Christan Leonard)

Starting in January Punchline Comedy Shows will be partnering with to record the stand-up of over 50 regional comedians in the back bar at Jai Thai on Broadway. The recordings will be produced for potential use as official submissions to SiriusXM, Laughs (Syndicated on Fox), or nationwide festivals. Shows are on Saturday and start at 9 p.m. Admission is free (seating is limited and guests are encouraged to arrive early).

Punchline Comedy Shows has been producing comedy at Jai Thai since 2010. It’s one of the longest running and independently produced comedy nights in Seattle and has become ground zero for Seattle’s alternative comedy scene. Punchline also produces a weekly open mic every Tuesday and every other Friday. On the weekends, the healthy crowd transforms the venue into a place where local comedians can get much-needed stage time to hone their craft.

The full schedule:

Jan. 3: Host – Erin Ingle
Recording Comedians – Anica Cihla, Brendan Kelley, Brent Flyberg, Carl Powers, Curtis Cook, Eric Lundquist, Gerry Todd, Jake Naly, Jess Norton and Parker Postyeni.
Headliner – Derek Sheen


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Jai Thai on Broadway, Punchline Comedy Shows, Seattle Comedy

December 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

‘Henrietta Comedy Show’ brings curated laughs to Capitol Hill

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

Seattle’s comedy scene has an abundance of open mics. Evan Morrison and Albert Kirchner feel a curated approach is better.

The “Henrietta Comedy Show,” hosted by Seattle comedians Morrison and Kirchner, is bringing a carefully selected lineup of comedy to Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater every Second Saturday of the month.

“The format is designed for comedians to showcase the heart of their act in a curated environment,” Kirchner said, “We will introduce two comics doing 20-minute sets and finally a more established comedian performing for 30 minutes. We ask comics to focus on their more artistically fulfilling materials and styles. If the show is on their side, they will be more comfortable and playful, creating a better show overall.”

The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 13 features Emmett Montgomery and Elicia Sanchez, both of whom were recently selected by NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” for call-back auditions in Los Angeles. Montgomery also opened for Dave Chappelle at the Neptune Theatre recently and Sanchez is fresh of a tour opening for Hari Kondabolu. Ryan Casey, who also co-hosts “Laugh Riot” at the Naked City Brewery, will also be a featured performer.

Doors are at 10 p.m. and tickets, which cost $8-$10, can be reserved by phone at 800-838-3006 or online via Brown Paper Tickets.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Evan Morrison, Henrietta Comedy Show

December 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

2014 winner of Seattle International Comedy Competition is Nathan Brannon

Portland's Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition. (photo by Peter Greyy)

Portland’s Nathan Brannon, winner of the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition  (Peter Greyy)

Comedian Nathan Brannon capped a stellar year by winning the 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Sunday at the Comedy Underground.

The Portland-based comedian competed against 33 other hopefuls during the month-long competition which  took place in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Brannon’s had an impressive year. He was one of six performers selected for call backs for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and recently opened for superstar Dave Chappelle.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Comedy Underground, Cory Michaelis, Kyle Bottom

November 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Five Seattle Comedians vying for a chance to appear on NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” has selected five Seattle comedians for call backs in Los Angeles on Nov. 3-4. The five were among 44 Northwest comedians that performed at a showcase at Seattle’s Parlor Live on Sunday, Sept. 28. I spoke to all five Seattle comics about the experience. Additionally, Portland’s Nathan Brannon was also selected for a call back.

Alysia Wood

Alysia WoodQ: You’re on the road more than a lot of Seattle comedians; did that give you any kind of advantage in preparing for this?

AW: The road helps overall, but live shows and TV have different timing and editing. I’ve learned a lot over time from mentors and even watching LCS.

Q: What were your expectations going in? Were you confident or nervous?

AW: I flew in that afternoon with one hour of sleep while having an allergy attack – so I was a mess. I was on 50mg of antihistamines, shaking and couldn’t think. I was mispronouncing words. I told Jubal (Flagg), “I hope I get my speak to work. I mean mouth.” That’s all I wanted.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Alysia Wood, Andrew Rivers, Elicia Sanchez

September 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Sketchfest Seattle wraps up with a weekend of sketch and stand-up performances

Sketchfest Seattle, the annual festival of sketch and stand-up comedy, wraps up with performances tonight, Sept. 25 at the Pocket Theater and Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday Sept.  27 at the Annex Theatre. Tonight’s show features sketch comedy from Seattle’s “Ubiquitous They,” described by current GQ writer Lindy West as “a cohesive,…


Comments | Topics: Seattle Comedy, Sketchfest Seattle, Stand-Up Comedy

September 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Parlor Live to host ‘Last Comic Standing’ showcase with 44 local comedians

Seattle’s Parlor Live will be holding a showcase for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. The showcase will feature 44 local comedians vying for a chance to be included in the reality TV show’s ninth season. Tickets are only $3-$5 and all proceeds will benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

The ninth season of the reality show will premiere on May 21, 2015. Former winners include Dat Phan, John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden and Iliza Shlesinger.

"Last Comic Standing" showcase. (Photo via  @ParlorSeattle on Twitter)

“Last Comic Standing” showcase. (Photo via @ParlorSeattle on Twitter)


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Last Comic Standing, Parlor Live, Seattle Comedy

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…


Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Brendan Kelley, Bumbershoot 2014

August 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Seattle comedian Brett Hamil on losing his virginity to Nirvana’s ‘Teen Spirit’

There were a lot of laughs throughout the The Laughs Comedy Spot Showcase at the Leo K. Theatre on Saturday, but it was Seattle’s Brett Hamil that stood out with his self-deprecating and revealing take on sex and marriage.

“I married up,” Hamil admitted, “Four years ago she slid this ring on my finger and for the first time in my life I own something pawn-able.”

Hamil also spoke candidly about the time he lost his virginity.


Comments | Topics: Bret Hamil, Bumbershoot 2014, Nirvana

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

“The Comedy Womb” at Bumbershoot 2014. 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…


Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Seattle Comedy

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