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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A Week of Fun

posted by on January 23 at 14:55 PM

Okay, so two comedians bid on the Strangercrombie Stranger Suggests, win it, and then have three weeks to pull together A Week of Fun.

From an email they sent me:

Dartanion London and I (Hari Kondabolu) saw an opportunity with the Strangercrombie auction to showcase the Seattle alternative comedy scene by planning a festival around The Stranger Suggests. We booked a bunch of great venues around the city (many of which aren’t traditional comedy venues) and we’ve kept prices low, so people can afford to go. We’re also collaborating with parts of the improv and sketch scene too. I think standup comedy can really suck and I realize why people have developed a distaste for it. (The racism, misogyny, homophobia, and classism that come with much of the standup you see on TV and in many clubs is a reason why and I hate much of it too.) However, I also think it is one of the freeest (3 E’s in a row? No way that could be right) art forms in the world and Seattle is building a really interesting scene right now. (Not perfect…not huge…but growing and developing.)

Itís an ambitious, clever idea and if elbow grease and enthusiasm count for anything, A Week of Fun is already successful. But aside from the cerebral high of putting this week together, they really want people to show up. Each night will feature a new venue (or venues) and a different take on comedyófrom open mics and entertainments shows to improv comedy/horror.

Dave Schmader, Charles Mudede, DJ Sabzi from Blue Scholars and I have already agreed to perform at Sunday nightís celebrity open mic at the Comedy Underground. I am considering asking Joel Connelly to be my date.

Dave will be reading from a hilarious piece called Exploring Whoring and I will be reading something penned at the age of 13 (my sense of humor peaked young). I have no idea what DJ Sabzi or Charles have planned, but Iíve never had an encounter with Charles that I didnít walk away from highly amused.

For A Week of Funís night-by-night lineup, you can check this weekís Stranger Suggests, or visit

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This had better be really good because their ridiculously high bid prevented Seattlest from taking over the Suggests like we did last year, thereby depriving the Stranger-reading public of any high school basketball related good times.

Posted by Dan | January 23, 2007 4:15 PM

Joel should be so lucky! Have fun!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2007 5:10 PM

This should be a great festival. There are a lot of good young comics in town and that Mass Line show should be hilarious.

Posted by Appreciative | January 23, 2007 11:15 PM

Well, Dan, you're invited to come see how good it is. Feel free to contact me through the website if you'd like a comp to a show. It's not high school basketball, but the maturity level is the same! Wheee!

Posted by Dartanion | January 25, 2007 1:02 AM

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