Monday, March 14, 2011

Choice Comedy (week of March 13 to March 19)

Did you get out to see some comedy this past weekend, or were you, like so many, glued to your television as the horrors of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe visited Japan?  Sometimes, getting away for a couple of hours to laugh isn't a bad thing...especially when things all over the world are anything but funny.

I made that choice...and saw Greg Behrendt and Mike Drucker at Laughs AND Jim Short and Eddie Brill at the Comedy Underground, and still had time to be awed, angry, humbled, frightened, frustrated and paranoid by everything going on.

Not that it compares with the trouble in the world, but the Seattle comedy scene has a bit of sad news to report--the closing of the newest comedy club in town, Big City Comedy Club.  Evidently, a plug was pulled--and they've gone and canceled all of their advertised upcoming shows, including this weekend.  Sad news, especially for Tony Daniel & Marcus Absher who, I know, worked very hard for this opportunity--but, perhaps not entirely unexpected...the venue is in an awkward location with very little visibility or awareness, and for that to work, you need to be able to make a big splash to drive people somewhere unfamiliar...and there was no big splash. 

This isn't the last that we've heard from Big City Comedy and, certainly, everyone wishes them the best of luck with what they do in the future...

Meanwhile, there IS comedy happening this, let's take a look!

And please remember that these are merely my own opinions and your mileage may certainly vary.

Shane Mauss & Brian Moote @ Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland
Friday 3/18 & Saturday 3/19  8pm & 10pm shows
Four weeks in a row, Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland has earned our choice as the BEST BET for a stand-up comedy show this week.  Shane Mauss is a hot name in comedy, with a Comedy Central Presents under his belt and a lot of buzz about him.  Originally from Wisconsin, Shane developed his comedy in Boston and broke out after a successful run through the Boston Comedy Festival.  He's played Laughs before and those of you who saw him then should be bringing your friends to see him again--especially as a local favorite is returning to Seattle as his feature:  Brian Moote.  This is the best comedy show in town this week, shining a light on two comedians that you'll be proud to say that you saw them before they truly got huge...   (

Graham Elwood @ Laff*Hole at Chop Suey in Seattle
Wednesday 3/16 9pm
Graham is Doug Benson's "perma-middle"--someone that Doug feels comfortable touring with...  He's a great opener for Doug, because they share so little in their comedic personas, making them quite complimentary.  Graham isn't a stoner, his comedy is active and clear-eyed observational...and Graham seems to tour war zones a great deal.  On this tour, he's the main event--touring behind a new documentary of his overseas comedy tours (titled "Laffghanistan"--it will be shown Tuesday night at NW Film Forum.)  I've had the chance to work with Graham a couple of times and he's a great comic...and any show that he's involved is a GREAT OPTION.  (

Kristin Key @ Comedy Underground in Seattle
Thursday 3/10 8pm and Friday 3/11 shows at 8pm and 10:30pm
You might recognize Kristin from NBC's Last Comic Standing--the year that Ty Barnett was the runner up.  She's a quality headliner and one that does a good job incorporating guitar-based comedy.  Note, she's only here for Thursday and Saturday night at the Comedy Underground is John, if you want to see Kristin...and I think you should, because I think she's a GREAT OPTION for comedy this week, make certain you go on either Thursday or Friday.   (
Sebastian Maniscalco (w/Jennifer Murphy) @ Parlor-Live in Bellevue
Thursday 3/10 at 7:30pm, Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12  7:30pm & 10pm shows
Sebastian was one of the comedians on Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy tour.  I'm giving this show some bonus points for bringing Jen Murphy in as the featured performer.  She's a winning performer that I'm happy is coming to Seattle (as I'd wanted to get her into the Seattle International Comedy Competition last year.) ( 

Owen Straw & Nancy Reed @ Comedy Underground, Tacoma
Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12 shows at 8pm & 10:30pm
I'm very proud of my good friend Owen Straw.  A local talent who made his way up during the start of the current Seattle alt-comedy scene getting a chance to co-headline (with the wonderful Nancy Reed) a comedy club in the area on the weekend.  He's got a wonderfully laconic style and a delightfully strange way of looking at things...always a good sign for a good night of comedy!  (

Michael Malone (w/Xung Lam) @ Tacoma Comedy Club, Tacoma
Thursday 3/10 8pm, Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12 shows at 8pm & 10pm

There are also some interesting midweek items that you might want to take a chance on...with two shows by Children of the Atom at Comedy Underground.

Will Laughs earn a fifth-straight "BEST BET" next week?  Considering they're bringing in Last Comic Standing's "Roy Wood Jr."--it could very well be.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Choice Comedy (week of March 6 to March 12

Had the chance to do a quick guest spot on two shows with last week's BEST BET choice, Myq Kaplan, over at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.  Always great to work with someone so dazzlingly smart...and hopefully, you had the chane to catch one of his shows this past weekend.

And, risking sounding like a broken record here, I've got to say that Laughs Comedy Spot is AGAIN bringing in this week's BEST BET.  Not to say there aren't excellent options elsewhere, of, let's just go ahead take a look at what's in store!

And please remember that these are merely my own opinions and your mileage may certainly vary.

Greg Behrendt @ Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland
Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12  8pm & 10pm shows
Let me make this clear.  I'm rating Greg Behrendt as a BEST BET of a stand-up comedy show for spending your comedy dollars on this week based on his stand-up comedy.  Yes, you may be more familiar with Greg from that daytime talk show he did...the one he earned by being a co-writer of the whole "He's Just Not That Into You" book (and the somewhat disappointing movie that was based on it.)  But, he's a stand-up through and through...a lion-like man who refuses to stop rocking while being sensitive enough to wear a cardigan sweater without irony.  The fact that he's a genuinely nice guy who is a strong writer and performer makes you wish that HE'D have blown up the way that Dane Cook did...and the fact that he didn't means that NOW you get the chance to see him up close in your comfortable seats at Laughs rather than squeezing yourself into the plastic nosebleeds of Key Arena.  Take advantage of it, bring your significant others and your friends and see Greg this weekend!    (

Bill Bellamy @ Parlor-Live in Bellevue
Thursday 3/10 at 7:30pm, Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12  7:30pm & 10pm shows
Bill Bellamy is probably the best host that NBC's Last Comic Standing has ever had.  No offense to Jay Mohr, who helped create the concept...or Craig Robinson, who brought an appealingly odd charisma to the host role in the most recent season...or, even, to Anthony Clark, who was a much better comedian and sitcom actor than he proved to be a host--but Bill Bellamy has a cocksure swagger and energetic presence, learned from hosting shows for years on MTV.  Granted, his own stand-up wasn't always the most forward thinking--but I'd hate to judge Bill based on what NBC was willing to show us.  I think he's easily a GREAT OPTION for this week, as you know he'll give you a rousing good time...and, again, as Parlor seems consistent in presenting, he's a tv and movie star to boot!  ( 

Jim Short @ Comedy Underground in Seattle
Thursday 3/10 8pm, Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12 shows at 8pm and 10:30pm
Jim Short is one of those headliners who make regular visits to the Comedy Underground...and sometimes I wonder if we take the best of these headliners, like Jim Short, for granted.  He's a smart, funny man with an interesting perspective on our world--being an Australian who has lived for many years here in the United States.  I'm a big fan, so I think going to see Jim Short is a GREAT OPTION for this week.  It's as simple as that.    (

Michael Showalter @ The Triple Door in Seattle
Tuesday 3/6 9pm
Michael's written a book titled "Mr. Funny Pants" and he's going on tour to both promote his book and to perform his often surreal and theatrical comedy.  If you're not instantly familiar with the name, you should be--as he's definitely a major player in the explosion of alt-comedy in the United States over the past decade.  He was a member of The State, a sketch comedy troupe that had an influential show on MTV.  He's a member of Stella with Michael Ian Black and David Wain, which had an influential show on Comedy Central.  He and Michael Ian Black also had their own show on Comedy Central called "Michael and Michael Have Issues."  Prickly, smart, goofy...worth checking out.  I'd even say that it is a GREAT OPTION.  As a bonus, PRoK head honcho Kevin Hyder is the opening act.  (

Tommy Savitt @ Big City Comedy Club at Amore Infused in Seattle
Friday 3/11 8pm, Saturday 3/12 at 8pm & 10pm
Last week, we pointed out that our good friend Tommy Savitt, who was headlining at the Tacoma Comedy Club, plays so often in this area that it can be hard to specifically recommend seeing him over other options on any given night.  Truly, you'd enjoy yourself ANY TIME you might go to see Tommy do comedy...but if you miss him this time, you'll have another chance to see him soon.  Sure enough, here's Tommy headlining another set of shows THIS weekend--this time, at the relatively new club on the northern most edge of Belltown.  Again, you'll have a good time if you choose to see Tommy here and now.  Or, the next time...  (

Ty Barnett (w/Richard Bain) @ Tacoma Comedy Club, Tacoma
Thursday 3/10 8pm, Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12 shows at 8pm & 10pm
We listed Ty Barnett as a great option when he played at Big City Comedy Club--so, if you live closer to Tacoma than you do to Seattle, I'd STILL consider this show a great option...  But, if you're a Seattle resident, I don't think you should feel obligated to make the trip considering your other options and your other chances to see Ty Barnett, fairly regularly, a little closer to home.  Don't get me wrong, Ty's great...and if you go, you'll have a great time.  A bonus for choosing this show is the chance to also see Portland's Richard Bain--who brings a John (yes, JOHN) Belushi-esque quality to his stand-up.  Nothing wrong with a night of seeing both of these performers, to be sure!     (   

Drew Barth @ Comedy Underground, Tacoma
Friday 3/11 & Saturday 3/12 shows at 8pm & 10:30pm
I'm very proud of my good friend Drew Barth.  He's been a buzzed about young talent for years now, with solid writing and performing skills.  He's been a Giggles Laff Off Champion, the host of ComedyNight (RIP), and both a semi-finalist (in 2008) and finalist (in 2010) in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Here, he's getting the opportunity to headline the Comedy Underground in Tacoma!  Good job, Drew! (

Adam Carolla @ The Moore, Seattle
Sunday 3/13  7pm
You know him from the best version of "The Man Show", from his radio shows and podcasts, from hosting various programs and even from some movies.  Expect a night of unapologetically caustic opinions and tales of misadventure. 

Rick Kunkler @ Laughs Comedy Spot, Kirkland
Thursday 3/10  8:30pm
Funny, cynical and willing to push buttons--Rick Kunkler should be a more recognizable name...and it looked like he was going to be.  Bursting out of the Seattle scene as a young and promising talent at around the same time that Kyle Cease did, Rick grabbed at the brass ring and got himself an MTV show that few now remember...and he was given a few minutes of poorly edited time on one of the early season's of NBC Last Comic Standing auditions.  For years, he'd return to Seattle for the holidays and create havoc at Giggles.  Now that Giggles is gone, perhaps Rick will bring that same energy to Kirkland.  I've seen Rick be very funny.  I've also seen Duane Goad piledrive Rick headfirst into the tile floor of Giggles.  Your mileage may vary...but, it's Thursday night and I don't know what else you might have planned. 

Next week, the string of great shows at Laughs continues with the return of Shane Mauss (who is being joined by Brian Moote).  Sebastian Maniscalo is coming to the Parlor.  Children of the Atom are presenting Solomon Georgio at the Comedy Underground in Seattle on Tuesday of next week, while Kristin Key is stopping in on Thursday and Friday there.  A Seattle International Comedy Competition finalist is coming to Big City Comedy Club and PRoK is bringing Graham Elwood to Laff*Hole.  All that and more, next week!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Choice Comedy (week of February 28 to March 5)

If you missed Marc Maron at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland this past weekend (which was our "Best Bet" for last week), you really missed something special.  I'm just saying, when we say that something is a "Best Bet" you should consider it to be something not to be missed!

This week, Laughs Comedy Spot is AGAIN the place to be...unless you're dazzled by movie stars (then, Parlor's your choice.)  There's solid choices at ALL of the comedy clubs this weekend, and a midweek option that promises to be quite fun!

And please remember that these are merely my own opinions and your mileage may certainly vary.

Myq Kaplan (w/Jen Seaman) @ Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland
Friday 3/4 & Saturday 3/5  8pm & 10pm shows
Yes, that's how he spells it...and yes, he's very proud of how clever he is...  He's VERY clever.  He's probably one of the most clever comedy writers working today--his material is impeccable and precise.  It is smart and it rewards those who pay attention.  So, perhaps Myq Kaplan is not everyone's cup of tea.  But, if you like terribly clever, short, Jewish, vegans who have made it to the finals of a competitive network tv reality show (as Myq did, making the finals of this past year's "Last Comic Standing" on NBC) won't find better than Myq Kaplan.  (Full disclosure:  When Myq Kaplan was a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, he took a nap on my couch.  I don't think that should make it a conflict of interest for me to make him our BEST BET of a stand-up comedy show for spending your comedy dollars on this week.)  Making the evening more adorable is local favorite Jen Seaman as the featured performer.  (

Paul Merrill Goes Back to '88 @ Laff*Hole at Chop Suey in Seattle
Wednesday 3/2 9pm
Paul Merrill has always added a solid level of theatricality to his efforts in the Seattle alt-comedy scene, with the characters he plays, the sketches he works on and the shows he puts together.  This time, he's bringing back a Laff*Hole show idea he first presented while Laff*Hole was at Re-Bar:  a re-imagining of what a "Laff*Hole" might have been like over 20 years ago.  (That show at the Re-Bar was a lot of fun--and I was a performer on that show--but it wasn't terribly well attended.  That makes this second attempt an excellent opportunity, both for Paul to fine tune the show and for more people to get caught up in, and laugh at, the late 80's vibe.)  I'm a sucker for thematic comedy shows like this and I'm definitely looking forward to being an audience member for this show...and I think it's a GREAT OPTION for this week, especially to get you through the mid-week.  (

Brad Upton @ Big City Comedy Club at Amore Infused in Seattle
Friday 3/4 8pm, Saturday 3/5 at 8pm & 10pm
This will be the third weekend that this new club has been open and, for three weeks in a row, they've offered shows I think would be a GREAT OPTION for seeing comedy.  Brad Upton should be much bigger and better known than he is...he's a consummate professional comedian, with great material delivered perfectly.  And, after being seen (unfairly, I think) as too much of a traditional, suit & tie, "corporate" comedian, Brad's loosened up a little bit over the past couple of years which has made his comedy more vibrant and more relevant than ever.  I'm definitely a fan, and he doesn't get the opportunity to headline shows here in Seattle as often as you'd think--so, this is indeed a treat.   Note:  They've changed their show times at Big City Comedy Club--previous shows were 7pm and 9pm and now shows are at 8pm and 10pm.  Also, give yourself time to find the place as the street address has Amore Infused on Wall Street but the actual entrance is on 6th Avenue.  (

Tom Arnold @ Parlor-Live in Bellevue
Friday 3/4 & Saturday 3/5  7:30pm & 10pm shows
You know who Tom Arnold is...he's been in a ton of movies (including "True Lies" w/Arnold Schwarzenegger) and he's been on a ton of tv shows (including Fox Sports' "The Best Damn Sports Show Ever") and he was married to Rosanne Barr.  But, before that...Tom was an active working stand-up comic based out of the Twin Cities--this isn't just some celebrity who is trading in on his name recognition to fill a comedy club based merely on curiosity...Tom IS a stand-up comic AND he's famous, which makes him a GREAT OPTION for this week (because, even if you end up not being a fan of his particular brand of stand-up comedy...well, hey, you saw a celebrity...and that's always good for a story!)  (

Tracy Smith (w/Rodney Sherwood) @ Comedy Underground in Seattle
I'm tempted to make this a "great option" merely because of the feature performer.  Tracy Smith is fine, and you may have seen her on Comedy Central before...BUT...when it comes to Seattle comedy, there are a few performers whose talents and abilities are legendary amongst their peers as much as Rodney Sherwood.  Five years ago, he announced his retirement from stand-up comedy to concentrate on his commercial production efforts.  He must have caught the bug again, because he's back...and word is that he's still got an acid tongue, a knowing exaggeration of show-business cliches and road tested material.  If this weekend's Best Bet or other Great Options don't appeal to you, you should definitely consider this a high recommendation for the return of a great Seattle comedian to a Seattle comedy club stage.  (

Ron Osborne @ Tacoma Comedy Club, Tacoma
Ron is a former Seattle International Comedy Competition champion and a solid pro worth seeing.  The posters for this show are listing him as "The King of Improv Comedy"--which is a coronation that I may have missed...but that doesn't mean that Ron should be...  He's funny.   (   

Tommy Savitt (w/Meghan Flaherty) @ Comedy Underground, Tacoma
Tommy is a recent Seattle International Comedy Competition champion with a very funny and distinct perspective...who is always, it seems, performing comedy somewhere nearby...which makes it difficult to recommend that you "GO SEE HIM THIS TIME" when another opportunity is just as likely next week (which, actually, it IS)...but that doesn't suggest that you SHOULDN'T go see him, because he's funny and you'd probably like him.  This show has him joined by Meghan Flaherty, who has competed in the Seattle International Comedy Competition recently, herself...and just moved to Seattle from Spokane.   (

Next week, another big week of comedy in the Seattle/Tacoma the string of great shows at Laughs continues with Greg "He's Just Not That Into You" Behrendt while Parlor counters Bill Bellamy (who you either remember from movies, MTV or the years he hosted MTV's Last Comic Standing.)  Meanwhile, the Comedy Underground in Seattle welcomes back one of their most consistently entertaining regular headliners AND one of our good friends gets the chance to headline to Comedy Underground in Tacoma.  All that and more, next week!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Choice Comedy (week of February 21 to February 27)

Last week was one of the strongest weeks of comedy in the Seattle/Tacoma area--with great options in all of the dedicated comedy clubs and notable indy and theater shows.  This week, there's a couple of clearly better options and others that might be worth taking a shot on.

And please remember that these are merely my own opinions and your mileage may certainly vary.

Marc Maron (w/Nancy Reed) @ Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland
Friday 2/25 & Saturday 2/26  8pm & 10pm shows
You should know Marc a comedian, he's been a national headliner for years and had memorable performances at last year's Bridgetown Comedy Festival.  He's been on his share of television.  He was also a radio host for AirAmerica.  Now, he's becoming best known for his insanely good and personal WTF podcast--which made big news recently when Gallagher (yes, he of the produce smashing sledge hammer) bailed as a guest halfway through a show.  He's got a strong point of view and a weary exasperation with this modern world and his uncertain place in it and is definitely an easy choice for the BEST BET of a stand-up comedy show for spending your comedy dollars on this week.  Adding in a solid professional (and sweetheart) like Nancy Reed as the feature act makes it a must see.  (

Ty Barnett @ Big City Comedy Club at Amore Infused in Seattle
Friday 2/25 7pm, Saturday 2/26 at 7pm & 9pm
It is ALWAYS a great option to see Ty Barnett...anywhere...and, Seattle is blessed by being one of the cities that Ty seems to spend a lot of time in and he's always getting up, trying out new material, turning audiences on with the material that's earned him his own Comedy Central Presents special, being the runner-up in his year of NBC's Last Comic Standing and various other tv appearances.  He's definitely one of my favorite performers to see and without a doubt he's a GREAT OPTION for this week.  This would also be a chance for you to check out the newest dedicated comedy club in Seattle:  Big City Comedy Club at Amore Infused.  If you go, give yourself time to find the place as the street address has it on Wall Street but the actual entrance is on 6th Avenue.  The club has a cozy vibe--only seating 80-90 patrons--which, with a performer like Ty Barnett, could make for an exciting night of comedy for you!  (

Cash Levy @ Comedy Underground in Seattle
Friday 2/25 & Saturday 2/26 8pm & 10:30pm shows
Cash is a solid working pro comedian who you probably haven't heard of before--but he's worked the Comedy Underground for years.  (

Rachel Feinstein @ Parlor-Live in Bellevue
Thursday 2/24 7:30pm, Friday 2/25 & Saturday 2/26 7:30pm & 10pm shows
She was on last year's Last Comic Standing show.  (

Jay Montepare @ Tacoma Comedy Club, Tacoma
Jay was in last year's San Francisco Comedy Competition. (   

John Beuhler (w/Mike Cummings) @ Comedy Underground, Tacoma
John's a funny Canadian who once made the finals of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and Mike is both the host of the "Table For One" podcast and a former Giggles Laff Off Champion.   (

Next week, one the sharpest joke writers in the world--Myq Kaplan (finalist in the most recent NBC's Last Comic Standing season) will be coming to Laughs...and unlikely tv/movie star Tom Arnold is coming to the Parlor...and more, I'm sure...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More comedy options this weekend...and beyond!

Since Giggles Comedy Club morphed into Jiggles Gentleman's Club, the city of Seattle, proper, has been served by only one dedicated comedy club:  Comedy Underground.

The Eastside has two...even Tacoma, suddenly, has two...but the city of Seattle only one (and a bunch of independent shows and open mics).

Until Friday night, that is...that's when Marcus Absher and Tony Daniel of Big City Comedy (both of them comedians themselves, who have, as Big City Comedy, booked shows at various casinos, including the Great American Casinos of Tukwila and Lakewood) are opening up a Friday & Saturday weekly at the theater space of the Amore Infused restaurant in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood (just North of downtown Seattle.)

The first comedian to headline the Big City Comedy Club will be Orny Adams--he of "Jerry Seinfeld Comedian" fame--with shows on Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th, at 7pm and 9pm each night.

Granted, a weekend doesn't a dedicated comedy club make...but by booking a recognizable name, offering two shows each night on both weekend nights, they're definitely playing at the same table.

And, certainly, the city of Seattle can support two dedicated comedy clubs...and hopefully, this means more work for Seattle comedians as features...and more stage time for Seattle comedians as hosts and guests.

Big City Comedy Club at Amore Infused is located at 522 Wall Street  Seattle, WA 98121.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Choice Comedy (week of February 14 to February 20)

Another week with some seriously good options for comedy in the Seattle/Tacoma area--and, thanks to Valentine's Day, some of these are happening at the start of the week.  If you're checking in looking for things happening over the weekend, try not to be disappointed by what you're missing on Monday night.  (Or Wednesday, for that matter.)

And please remember that these are merely my own opinions and your mileage may certainly vary.

Laugh Lovers Ball @ The Moore Theatre
Monday 2/14  6:30pm & 8:30pm shows
David Crowe is not only one of Seattle's best comedians EVER...he also curates one of the most consistently solid comedy events each year...the Laugh Lovers Ball.  Every year, it seems, he pulls together a line-up that stands up to the best that Marty Riemer's Funny Fest or Bumbershoot might have to offer.  This year's event is no different...and any show that boasts Tim Lee, Dwight Slade, David Crowe and Maria Bamford is an easy choice for the BEST BET of a stand-up comedy show for spending your comedy dollars on this week.  (

Shame it's already over...

But, you're still in there are many other:

Kermet Apio @ Comedy Underground in Seattle
Tuesday 2/15 8:30pm
Kermet Apio is the nicest and funniest man in Seattle.  He rarely headlines the Comedy Underground, for no reason that I can think of, and is always worth seeing.  What else could you be doing on a Tuesday?  Definitely consider this a GREAT OPTION for this week.  (

Laff*Hole w/Tig Notaro @ Chop Suey in Seattle
Wednesday 2/16 9pm
Typically, the fine folks at the People's Republic of Komedy are offering glimpses into the local comedy scene with their regular Laff*Hole shows at Chop Suey...but occasionally, they bring to town and feature an inspirational national comedian.  Tig Notaro and her deadpan style is no stranger to alt-comedy fans around the world and every time she comes to Seattle is worth checking out!  A strong contender for this week's Best Bet, it is certainly a GREAT OPTION. (

Jeff Dye @ Parlor-Live in Bellevue
He's from Kent, he's been a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and he's not a bad looking fellow.  If those sort of things matter to you, by all means go and see Jeff at Parlor-Live this weekend.  However, if you're more interested in seeing one of the most promising young comedians working today, someone who has been pounding the college comedy circuit and improving all the time...someone who is destined for fame and fortune and you can say that you saw him on his way up...then, you DEFINITELY should see Jeff Dye this weekend.  Don't hold his good looks or the fact that he's from Kent against him.  Just know that he's a GREAT OPTION for this comedy this weekend.  (

Moshe Kasher (w/Andrew Sleighter) @ Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland
The Boomtime crew from San Francisco have given us three unique and strong voices in comedy.  Brent Weinbach, Alex Koll...and Moshe Kasher. Hard to describe, impossible to forget...Moshe is certainly a GREAT OPTION for this weekend.  The fact that he's joined by a comedian who once made Bellingham and Seattle his home, the very smart and funny Andrew Sleighter, makes it even better.  (

Gabriel Rutledge (w/Emmett Montgomery) @ Comedy Underground, Seattle
Thursday, Friday (two shows), Saturday (two shows)
Gabriel Rutledge is an Olympia-based comic, a former Seattle International Comedy Competition champion and one of the strongest performers in the country.  On his own, he'd be a GREAT OPTION for this week but teaming him up with Emmett Montgomery, one of the founding members of the People's Republic of Komedy and a singular presence in the national alt-comedy scene, makes this a brilliant weekend for Seattle comedy.  (

Kyle Cease @ Tacoma Comedy Club, Tacoma
One of the most popular and energetic comedians in the country, Kyle Cease just happens to be from around here.  He's coming to Tacoma for the weekend, and obviously, he's a GREAT OPTION for this weekend.  He might even have a motivational message for you at the end of the show...which is a bonus, to be sure.   (   

Geoff Lott @ Comedy Underground, Tacoma
Smart and angry are two things that can make for great comedy.  Having an expert's way with words can make for a great comedian.  Geoff Lott is all of these things and that makes his performing at the Comedy Underground in Tacoma a GREAT OPTION this weekend.   (

Next week, the world's bravest blogger--the man who watched Gallagher storm out of his hotel room recently--Marc Maron is coming to Laughs...and I'm sure there's other good stuff too...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Comedy Central Presents: Hari Kondabolu (2/11)

Many comedy scenes can claim Hari Kondabolu as their own--Seattle is just one of them.  Doesn't mean that we're any less proud of the fact that Hari is debuting his Comedy Central Presents special on Friday February 11th at 11pm.