In Memoriam

Comedienne Laura Myers, perhaps better known by her stage name Laura Hotspur, died last week after a three-year fight with cancer. She was thirty seven. She came to us from her bay area hometown of Eureka, CA. When she moved to Seattle, she began performing sketch and improv with the …

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Watered Daisey

Watered Daisey

There are Do’s and Don’ts of audience membership. This’d be a “don’t.” Last weekend, SketchFest co-founder and acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey was performing his lastest one-man show Invincible Summer at The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University when eighty-seven members of a high school “Christian group” attending the show walked out en masse – one of whom dumped water on Mike’s signature …

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The Dark Comedy Returns

An unearthly howl in the distant night; a blood curdling scream and the slosh of monstrous limbs through freshly-drawn blood. These are the sounds of … comedy?  Yes, THEM!, Seattle’s horror-themed sketch comedy group returns this weekend with their second show (read our interview with THEM! founder John McKenna here).  This incarnation …

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Gettin’ Damned and Dirty

Tonight is Brown Derby‘s last performance of their staged reading of Planet of the Apes! Check out the latest in this year’s drunken interpretations of science- fiction classics! FEATURING: Nick Garrison, Imogen Love, Dusty Warren, Ade, Joe Randazzo, Spencer Thorson, and MANY MORE!   reBar, Thursday 03/22. Doors at 7pm, show at …

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Sketchingham … BellingFest … BelchFistHast

Sketchingham - Bellingham’s answer to the sketchfest circuit, hosted by Washington sketch institution Cody Rivers - is more than half way over now. This second year of the festival opened last weekend with return performances by 2006 attendees Bucket and Ten West. This weekend featured SketchFest mainstays Troop! (read last month’s interview here) and renowned fringe circuit act The …

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Meet Kelly and Jason

A couple of swell kids from Portland are performing their show in Seattle tonight at what’s becoming the hub of out-of-town sketch acts – the Jewelbox Theater. Appropriate for what as once a stop on the vaudevillian circuit! Check them out! Portland’s hit video comedy night, The Kelley and Jason Show, makes it’s Seattle …

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Sounds Like Young America

When KUOW took over programming of KXOT last year, they promised a station that would help bring new voices to the staid world of public radio. Yesterday, they took a bold step in that direction, announcing a trial run for “The Sound of Young America,” an edgy, irreverent arts & entertainment interview program hosted …

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A Brief Look At San Francisco ’07

A week ago today the San Francisco SkechFest wrapped up another year’s schedule. Luckily for us, SketchFest Seattle friends and local stand-ups Doug and Rosalie Gale (who, incidentally, happened to be featured in a PI article this past Monday) were in the city by the bay for the festival. Though they only caught one act, the currently-ill Rosalie …

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Mike Daisey Returns

Yes, SketchFest Seattle Co-Founder-turned-author-turned-monologuist-turned-instructor and a man the New York Times says “look[s] like an overgrown baby” Mike Daisey returns to his former stomping grounds to perform his latest show Stories From the Atlantic Night Cafe at the Capitol Hill Arts Center on Sunday, February 4 and will lead a workshop on storytelling and solo performance …

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Comedy = Tragedy + Time

This past Sunday, Public Radio International‘s Studio 360 aired a segment which they described as being about one of the more unexpected results of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans: a thriving comedy scene. Stand-up, open mics and sketch comedy acts such as the Red Light District Variety Show have have been cropping up …

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