Arts Is Seattle Becoming a Hotbed for Comedy?
posted by December 7 at 13:24 PMon
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.