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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An Interview with TROOP!

This upcoming weekend marks the end of the 2007 San Francisco SketchFest and two weeks ago closed the Chicago fest. Together these twin bottles of bubbly smashed across the bow of the good ship SketchFest, christening the eighth year of the circuit. As you can tell by the sidebar, the sketch world has grown …

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Two Helpings of Pork

At a restaurant the other night I had a dish called pork-filled squid. It was delectable. Similarly, a local specialty known as Pork Filled Players is “Delectably loopy!” You can’t just find this dish anywhere mind you, but a hand full of local venues will serve it up piping hot: Northwest …

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Theatrical Mayfly

Do you like sketch? Are you fond of fringe theater? Do you enjoy artistic gray-areas and subjects of contention? Then do we have the festival for you! 14/48 is billed as the world’s quickest theater festival: fourteen plays written, rehearsed and performed in 48 hours! Like a theatrical mayfly, 14/48 is …

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Happy New Year, And Happy Birthdays!

After a weekend of shows opening for SketchFest favorite The Cody Rivers Show in Canada, Vancouver sketch/improv and video troup The Happy Birthdays! will be coming to Seattle to play at The Rendezvous’ Jewelbox Theater in Belltown. The SketchFest research team hasn’t been able to find much about this young troupe. Some say they were created when an eccentric …

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