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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bumbershoot 2011 Comedy Lineup

Posted by on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Well lookie here, lookie-loos! The full list is after the jump!

After a brief glance, here are the people I will be most likely to stand in line to see:

Jeselnik
Kinane
Tompkins
Mirman

Also, nice of them to throw ONE fucking female comic in there. Thanks, guys. That means a lot to my vagina.

BUMBERSHOOT®: SEATTLE’S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2011 COMEDY LINEUP


Seattle, WA — Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, which
takes place September 3-5 at Seattle Center, announces this year’s
Comedy lineup.

While Bumbershoot gets the bulk of its attention due to its diverse
musical offerings, it also boasts a similarly stellar arts lineup that
includes theatre, dance, literature, visual arts — and, for the past
14 years, at least one dedicated comedy stage.

This year, the festival’s laugh-inducing programming stretches across
three stages, offering festivalgoers more opportunities to catch some
of today’s best and brightest comedians — whether they’re culled from
Seattle’s backyard (courtesy of the People’s Republic of Komedy) or
hand-picked by Comedy Central exec Lisa Leingang.

"Bumbershoot has been proud to consistently present up and coming
comics for more than a decade,” says One Reel Programming Director
Chris Porter. “Now famous acts including David Cross, Zach
Galifanakis, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Flight of the Conchords,
Fred Armisen and many others have graced the Bumbershoot comedy stages
as they were rising stars. We are assured to see a future TV star
each year within our lineup."

Doug Benson let the cat out of the proverbial bag early, but we’re
pleased as punch to tell you who else will be joining us over Labor
Day weekend. Heeeeeere’s our lineup!

Doug Loves Movies and we love Doug Benson! Doug invites you to join
him and his friends as they podcast their affection for all things
cinematic.

Scott Aukerman has rubbed elbows with Zach Galifinakis and David
Cross, and not only lived to tell the tales — he’s broadcasted them.
His lively podcast Comedy Bang Bang is a treasure trove of comedy
gold, with celebrity guests and all around hilarity. His Bumbershoot
performance features the prodigious talents of Paul F. Tompkins.

Yell out an inspired title and you might be the inspiration for The
Improvised Shakespeare Company
’s current sketch, delivered in grand
Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thees”
and “thous” to bring you off-the-cuff comedy using the language and
themes of William Shakespeare.

Eugene Mirman is a Bumbershoot veteran, a music fan and a world-class
comedian whose albums have been released on Seattle labels Suicide
Squeeze and Sub Pop. He probably needs no introduction. He might need
a beverage.

Who are The Gregory Brothers? Glad you asked. You might know them as
the folks behind the wildly popular Internet sensations “Auto-Tune the
News” and “Songify This,” or perhaps through their “country & soul,
folk & roll” EP, “Meet The Gregory Brothers.” Strangely, one of them
is not male.

Hari Kondabolu plays with race the way that some people play with
kittens. His comedy is playful, irreverent and spot-on, turning the
spotlight on hypocrisy with a surgeon’s precision and a comedian’s
rapier wit. A Comedy Central favorite and a regular on the Seattle
scene, we’re delighted to welcome him to Bumbershoot.

Anthony Jeselnik was awarded album of the year by Punchline magazine
for his album, Shakespeare. He’s worked as a writer on Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon and roasted Donald Trump. Comedy Central named him one of
the breakout comedians of 2009, and the rest of that graduating class
likes to call him the most attractive of their bunch.

Kurt Metzger’s made Comedy Central’s 2010 Hot List, was a regular on
VH1's Best Week Ever and is the voice of Randall on the Comedy Central
program "Ugly Americans.” If you missed him on television, you can
catch his album Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex on iTunes
in June. Ask him how he feels about Jersey Shore.

Deon Cole got his break on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, after
an on-air performance landed him a job as a writer for the show and
the show’s untimely demise led to a slot as the featured comedian on
Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television
tour. A gifted actor as well as a comedian, he’s been featured on
Comedy Central’s John Oliver & Friends, Lopez Tonight and
Laffapalooza; HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Showtime
at the Apollo and Starz’s Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment.

Wayne Federman’s Woody Allen joke was voted the #4 joke of the year in
The New York Post last year. You might also have seen him in one of
these movies (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 50 First Dates,
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Legally Blonde,) on The X-Files or
The Larry Sanders Show, through his own stand-up performances, or
unwittingly have been exposed to his wit through his time as the head
monologue writer on the inaugural season of The Jimmy Fallon Show.

Amy Schumer’s wholesome, girl-next-door looks give her edgy comedy
even more of an impact. A rapidly rising star (who made her debut by
coming in 4th place on Last Comic Standing in 2007). she’s a favorite
of Ellen DeGeneres and a master at heckling hecklers.

The London Evening Standard called Kyle Kinane “bleak and
misanthropic,” which he still feels may be a compliment. He made
Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch of 2010”, and his episode of Comedy
Central Presents premiered in February 2011.

Bumbershoot veteran Rory Scovel returns to dazzle audiences with his
spontaneous creativity and absurd view of the world. Well known for
his improvisational skills, he’s been a festival favorite.

Julian McCullough is a self-proclaimed “super fun guy,” and his take
on relationships and life as a cat-owning, single straight guy in NYC
is enough to induce fits of giggles in even the most curmudgeonly.
He’s also had his own Comedy Central special and may or may not be
soliciting funds to protect his neighbors by buying curtains for his
apartment.


NORTHWEST COMEDY
The Pacific Northwest’s not just a rich environment for indie rock;
it’s also a veritable goldmine for indie comedy. This isn’t regional
pride speaking, folks — it’s fact. Check out the roster below for a
full listing of some of the PNW’s best and brightest (and funniest)
denizens.

Laff Hole
Laff Hole is Comedy Stage West's flagship show. Every night at
Bumbershoot The People's Republic of Komedy presents Seattle's most
exciting stand-up, sketch, and video, helmed by a special guest.

John Keister — former Almost Live! host John Keister is a staple in
the Seattle comedy community and a pioneer of Northwest humor.

Andy Haynes — Laff Hole vet and NYC transplant Andy Haynes returns to
his hometown for a reunion with his Laff Hole pals.

Blood Squad Reunion - The wildly talented improvisers/terror experts
of Blood Squad (Brandon Felker, Elicia Wickstead, and Molly Arkin)
reunite one last time.

Stop Podcasting Yourself
Comedians Graham Clark and Dave Shumka present their podcast live.
Part of the Maximum Fun podcasting network, Clark and Shumka bring
together comedians and friends to discuss things both trivial and
momentous in Vancouver's top comedy podcast.

The Ashley Judd Comedy Hour
The Ashley Judd Comedy Hour formed when its celebrity creator gathered
Seattle's six funniest juvenile delinquents and molded them into a
tight comedy unit. Now they perform a brand new hour of sketches,
characters, and stand-up every month at the People's Republic Kafe.

Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
An ecstatic coming-together of Seattle’s comedy and performance
scenes, Weird and Awesome is an eclectic comic spectacle. Comedian
Emmett Montgomery presents stand-up, songs, stories, videos, and more.
Assisted by child prodigy Barbara Holm.

The Humor Program
The Humor Program follows the hilarious hijinks of Jake Barker and his
sidekick David Tveite, with music by Devin Badoo and The Humor Program
Band. The show features stand-up, interviews, puppets, and much, much
more.

Sketchfest Showcase
Seattle Sketchfest, the hub of the Northwest sketch comedy scene,
curates this showcase of Seattle's best writers and performers of
sketch.

Kitty Cats in Pirate Hats
Based at West Seattle's Shipwreck Tavern, Kitty Cats in Pirate Hats is
a showcase of the area's most talented young comedians. Featuring the
show's creators Zach Gabriel, Edrease Peshtaz, and Adam Firestone.

TBTL Live
Luke Burbank's Too Beautiful To Live is a podcasting sensation.
Burbank, America's foremost “Imaginary Radio Host” (a term he
invented), invites comedians, writers, celebrities, and every other
kind of fascinating person into his studio to gab. Now TBTL is live.

Funbucket/Charles
Funbucket is an improvised comedy extravaganza. Featuring some of
Seattle's most skilled improvisors, it’s a mainstay of Wing-It
Productions. Sharing the stage is Charles, the sketch comedy twosome
of Charlie Stockman and Chuck Armstrong, who are known for cerebral
humor bordering on sheer arrogance.

Comedy is O.K.
Portland's favorite sons Mikey Kampmann, Paul Schlesinger, and Andrew
Michaan bring their formidable irreverence to Bumbershoot. A
powerhouse of Northwest comedy, Comedy is O.K. is not to be missed!

 

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Kinison 1
Well theres only so many jokes one can make about vaginas, tampons and shoe shopping that people can relate to.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on July 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM · Report this
Zebes 2
Did you get kicked out of the meeting, Lindy?
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM · Report this
3
your vagina is not funny.
Posted by Bamford, M. on July 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Tracy 4
After the internets excoriated SXSW for its lack of female comics, they responded that only two (TWO) ladies had even applied. Maybe that is the case here, as well? I'm shocked that so few female comics are even applying for festivals. Come on, ladies!!
Posted by Tracy on July 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Banna 5
Was Paula Poundstone booked? I doubt it.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on July 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM · Report this
6
Comedy is a meritocracy. Make me laugh, and I'll watch you. Gender has nothing to do with it. It is silly and insulting to call for affirmative action. And it will do nothing for the reputation of female comedians to put a few token women up on stage and let them twist in the wind.

I'm not a comic, but a common thread among successful comedians (male and female) seems to be a willingness to fail over and over, and to endure a lot of humiliation and failure until they figure out their routine. Women seem not to want to put up with that shit (I wouldn't either!) and drop out at higher rates in the face of such an unpleasant growing/learning environment. But it isn't really sexist, just brutal.
Posted by ohthetrees on July 6, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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@6, or everyone, but mostly "I promise I'm not sexist" 6:

Schumer has the only paragraph that begins with a comment on the comic's looks.

No, it's ok, it's about how her looks make her act *funnier*.

On/off topic, Robin Williams once described male and female genitals like "an industrial film covered in fur". Everyone's happy parts are hilarious.

m!
Posted by make dir on July 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Kinison 8
@5 "Was Paula Poundstone booked? I doubt it."

Most will keep their distance from her. She had an incident that involved underaged girls, alcohol and some heavy petting. She pled non-contest to the DUI/Child Endagerment, in order to get the molestation charges dropped.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on July 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM · Report this
9
I'm surprised Benson isn't on your list...His podcast is consistently funny, and he's been on his game every time I've seen him over the past few years.
Posted by j.lee on July 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM · Report this
10
@7, I promised no such thing. I'm racist and homophobic too, though I'm doing my best on all of those issues. You are sexist, racist and homophobic too. So is everyone. But none of that makes me wrong.
Posted by ohthetrees on July 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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One too many
Posted by Reader1 on July 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Rebekah 12
I checked the main Bumbershoot lineup but didn't see Blood Squad listed...did I miss it with my weird iPhone formatting?

Also damn. I did not know they had broken up. :(
Posted by Rebekah on July 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM · Report this
Ziggity 13
@8: So if she'd died while driving drunk, then we'd be allowed to like her?

P.S. She's on NPR like every week. Call your congresslady!
Posted by Ziggity on July 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Ziggity 14
@13: Sorry, not alcohol. Just cocaine and tranquilizers. No child endangering with that combo behind the wheel!
Posted by Ziggity on July 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Buttercup 15
Seriously: "Girl next door good looks"? If that exemplifies a meritocracy, #6 isn't a choad.

At least the NW Section (Weird & Awesome (Yay Barbara Holm!), Blood Squad, and Laff Hole (maybe?) will feature some funny women. Maybe even some Lindy West? Here's hoping.
Posted by Buttercup on July 6, 2011 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Zebes 16
@8

Well, shit. Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me just got a bit weirder.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM · Report this
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@10

You are correct in that we're all various "-ists", probably we're all every "-ists". But that doesn't make you right.

Saying women don't seem to want to put up with rejection is, however, the source of your inaccuracy here. There's no data behind that that I'm aware of, and any anecdotal data on anyone's part is going to be colored by their expectations and assumptions (and a healthy dose of confirmation bias) and be practically unusable here.

Never mind the fact that saying "women are" (or, I'll admit, in your slightly fairer statement "women seem") and the beliefs that bring about those statements are the sexism that then mold another generation to behave in the way that's expected of them. There's never a universal that we see, but rather a behavior that's been conditioned. By believing that those behaviors are universals, we only serve to reinforce them.

Sorry, this is my rant. Maybe you're not calling out things you think are universals, and maybe you don't actually believe all women are, or have to be, that way.

Sorry.

m!
Posted by make dir on July 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM · Report this

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