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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,…

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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)

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August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he’s won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States and around the world. The Seattle-based comedian has built a solid a career out of making people laugh and will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a performer with a headlining slot Aug. 28-30 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

At what point in your career did you realize this was a life-long gig?

I didn’t go into it with a 30-year plan, I just wanted to do it for a living and here it is, 30 years later. I’m 58 and just now starting to realize that this is going to be my life-long gig.

There must have been times when you experienced self-doubt, what got you past that and kept you performing?

I didn’t go through that much. You HAVE to have confidence in yourself if you’re going to succeed. You have to believe that you have the right stuff. I’ve always walked onstage believing I was going to succeed. I know that sounds like Tony Robbins, but it’s true.

What was your first time on stage like?

Sept. 4th, 1984. I truly signed up for what I thought was the Tuesday night open mic at the Comedy Underground, but in reality was an audition for the Seattle Comedy Competition. I actually signed up a year earlier and then chickened out about 15 minutes before I was to go on stage. I drove back to Pasco with my tail between my legs hating myself and taught school for another year, before coming back and signing up again. The Comedy Underground was packed (it used to be like that for open mics in 1984) and I killed. After my set, the late Laura Crocker came up to me and told me congratulations, that I had done great and they wanted me in the competition. I didn’t understand what she was taking about. I thought it was an open mic. She explained that it was an open mic, but also an audition and I had passed and the competition started the following Tuesday night. So starting the next Tuesday night, I commuted from Pasco to Seattle each night to perform in Seattle and teach in Pasco the next day. I finished 18th out of 20 for my week.

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June 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

‘The Comedy Womb’ is creating a healthy environment for laughs

Danielle K.L Gregoire. (photo by Chris Ferguson)

Danielle K.L Gregoire. (Photo by Chris Ferguson)

Seattle’s comedy scene is thriving, but not where you might expect it. Many of Seattle’s fresh young comedians are working outside the realms of the traditional comedy clubs. Independently produced weekly and monthly events in bars, clubs and small theaters are where you’re most likely to find a growing group of local comedians working on new material.

One of these nights is “The Comedy Womb,” a female-focused night that takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Grotto of the Rendezvous. The night, produced, booked and ran by Danielle K.L. Gregoire, provides a welcoming space for women to perform — the lineup keeps the gender balance neutral with a 50/50 split between male and female performers.

Name: Danielle K.L. Gregoire

Base of operations: Seattle, WA

Age: 34

How long have you been doing stand up?

I have been performing stand up since September 28, 2012. I can’t do month math, it confuses me.

What got you interested in performing comedy?

I once saw a fifteen year old boy go up on stage, do original stand-up material, and crush in a room of a thousand band camp kids when I was fourteen. I was hooked. Instead of taking it up myself then I chose to ask him out. He said yes. I spent twenty more years watching and trying to get up the nerve to do it myself.

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March 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Rory Scovel to headline Washington Comedy Festival on April 26

Comedian Rory Scovel will perform at the Washington Comedy Festival on April 26 in Wenatchee.

Comedian Rory Scovel will perform at the Washington Comedy Festival on April 26 in Wenatchee.

Rory Scovel, a finalist in the 2006 Seattle International Comedy Competition, will headline the Washington Comedy Festival, which takes place April 26 in Wenatchee. Tickets cost $25-$35 and are available online at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee website or by phone at 509-663-ARTS.

The full roster of performers:

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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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