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 course...so, 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.
MARCH 5-MARCH 12 BEST BET: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! (www.laughscomedy.com)
FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 5 GREAT OPTIONS: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! (www.parlorlive.com)
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. (www.comedyunderground.com)
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. (www.prokomedy.org)
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... (www.bigcitycomedyclub.com)
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! (www.tacomacomedyclub.com)
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! (www.comedyunderground.com/tacoma/)
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!