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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Is Seattle Becoming a Hotbed for Comedy?

posted by on December 7 at 13:24 PM

It sure seems like it, doesn’t it? We’ve written about it, Bumbershoot kills with it every year, and all of a sudden, major comedy acts seem to be touring in Seattle.

But, was this a national trend that had found a strong base in Seattle, or were we becoming producers in our own right? Producers we are, as proven by the Laffhole at CHAC Lower Level last night.

The event was completely sold out, if not oversold, and the first show appeared to also be a success (there were two, an all-ages event with a band at 8 and a 21+ show at 10 pm). This was unexpected, even though we posted about this event on slog yesterday. I had only heard one of the comedians before at the early show at Bumbershoot, and we don’t have a comedy scene in Seattle, right?

Wrong! Every single comedian was funny, and each had a different style. Emmet Montgomery was a king of Steven Wright-style awkward straight faced delivery (Silliest joke of the night: “Did you ever notice that eyebrows and moustaches are just hair-hats for face-holes?”). Dan Moore delivered his jokes in a [pseudo?] southern accent that moseyed along until he launched into a falsetto to imitate children and preachers. The difference was jarring and hilarious.

Hari Kondabolu, the headliner, focused on making fun of the hypocrisy that is American culture and it’s weird attitude towards people of color and immigrants, although his performance was almost certainly overshadowed by the appearance of 4 shirtless men who he proclaimed to be his adopted Finnish sons (and one of whom was our Hot Theater Intern, Tom. I repeat, Shirtless!).

In any case, I’m totally psyched for Laffhole. Even more so, I’m totally psyched for Seattle to have a comedy scene of quality. For people who kvetch as much as we do, I’m pretty sure we can find some humor in it.

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yeah -

as always Seattle has come to the party...oh, about two years late!

Posted by laughed out | December 7, 2006 1:49 PM

Photo of Tom shirtless immediately, please. Obviously.

Posted by Hungry | December 7, 2006 2:04 PM

we didn't take any! we're fools! Plus, you know, exploiting the intern...

Posted by s.mirk | December 7, 2006 2:13 PM

emmet montgomery is a funny-ass mofo!

Posted by bing | December 7, 2006 2:39 PM

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Posted by Boomer | December 7, 2006 5:39 PM

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Hell yes! I've been to atleast 10 shows over the last 2 years(mostly at the Comedy Underground and the Mirabeau Room) and these guys keep getting better. Its clear that there's a lot of young talent in this town. I'm from LA and its great to have a comedy scene with real comics, not actors, who really care about comedy. Awesome show last night. Fuck the haters!

Posted by Tarzhay | December 8, 2006 2:14 AM

Weren't interns invented to be exploited?

Posted by BostonBear | December 8, 2006 5:44 AM

I am looking for local comedians to book for my events in Washington. Email me if you know any comedians you would recommend or if you are a comedian that would like a venue to feature your talent.

Posted by Tina | December 14, 2006 3:17 PM

Posted above: Local Comedians
Call 360-438-4299.

Posted by Tina | December 14, 2006 3:19 PM

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