Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kirkland Laughs Comedy Spot Open Mic - A Big Comedy Club Experience On With A Unique Twist

Laughs Comedy Spot - Tuesday Night Open Mic at 8:30pm

(425) 823-6306
12099 124th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Have you ever been to a big comedy club to see a big name comedian perform? No? Well, you really should add this to your monthly entertainment calendar. If it's been longer than a few months, then you owe it to yourself get out there and explore your local comedy clubs.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, "Whoa, you think I'm made of money? You think I can go plopping down cash for me and my date for a big comedy club every month? Plus drinks, and food? You're crazy!". No, actually I'm saying that you can head to your local comedy club EVERY WEEK! That's right, I said every week.

The cool thing about Laughs, is that every Tuesday night they have their open mic events. This means that they allow new comics as well as professionals get on stage and entertain you. It's generally a time when comics might try out their new material that they're working on. You get to be entertained by anywhere from 10 to 15 comics. Each doing about 3 to 5 minutes of their new material.

This is great for you on many levels. First, you get in the club for free. That's right, there's no cover to get in and enjoy an entire night of loads and loads of comics. They also have great drink and food specials on that night (Currently $2 Buds, $3 Hefs, and $2 Starving Artist Menu of food items). So, how great is that for a night out? Now, you see how you can get out to the comedy club every week on the cheap, be entertained and learn about the upcoming featured acts that will be there throughout the week or month. You might learn that the latest winner of Last Comic Standing is coming there for a show in a week or one of your other favorite featured comics from HBO, Shotwime, Comedy Channel, etc.

Look what a reviewer said on InsiderPages.com:
I like the fact that there are no fried foods and the kitchen has always been accommodating of some special dietary needs I have. While I enjoy being able to see a headliner like Greg Behrendt, it is also just as much fun to see new comics and pros try out their material at open mic night. It makes me appreciate the effort that goes into putting together a routine. I think it's great that there is this sort of venue on the Eastside, close to where I live, and that I always feel welcome when I go there.
Another cool difference in watching open mic's every week is that you sometimes get a chance to see the same comedians more than once. You'll often find them talkative after the show and open to feedback when you tell them how much you enjoyed their performance. One frequent feature, host and open mic comic at Laughs BJ Boshes blogs about his experiences and says:
...Sometimes you get people at the shows that have seen me a couple times and are able to offer some good feedback on the new jokes they liked, which can be fun...

Here's a clip of BJ doing his thing at Laughs:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kirkland Pegasus Open Mike - A Side of Belly Laughs With Your Delicious Pizza and Pasta

Pegasus Pizza & Pasta - Wednesdays Open Mike Comedy at 9:30pm

12669 NE 85th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033-8046

What can be better than a night out for some delicious pizza and pasta? How about a little standup comedy on the side?

Well, that's what you get at Kirklands Pegasus Pizza & Pasta! Every Wednesday night, starting at 9:30pm local comics will try and make you exercise your belly while you eat.

It's a great time to get out and explore Seattle and the Eastside to see all the different venue's where you can catch some local talent and maybe be able to say to someone "Hey, you see that guy just won Last Comic Standing? I saw him for free while I was having Pizza at Pegasus".

The really fun thing is you never know what you'll see. Remember Airpocalypse from the 2010 America's Got Talent? At the Seattle Comedy Blog, they point out that they were part of the Puget Sound Open Mike scene. It could be a top comic, just wanting to try out some new material. Traditionally that's the purpose of open mike venues: to practice new material with friendlier crowd than a comedy club, a place where new comics can get their start and continue to hone their craft, etc.. Seattle Magazine's Lacey Birk talks about their review of the seattle comic scene:
This ain’t Bob Hope. This is a new generation of comedy, a sidestep from the traditional punch-line-driven comedy of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry the Cable Guy. Often wildly experimental, it can range from eccentric prop-based humor to theatrical character sketches like Zanta and is popping up in unexpected venues throughout the city. For 26-year-old Nick McCord, a local waiter by day and comedian by night, this new wave of “alternative” comedy is about “creating a new world and an environment on stage rather than just throwing jokes out like conventional stand-up.”
It's a fun atmosphere and you'll get a chance to chat with local comics that are "many things" by day and aspiring or successful "comics" at night. Shane Pettit is one of these local comics that practices his craft at Pegasus, as well as other spots around Puget Sound. You can check out one of Shane's recent Pegasus standup sets on youtube here. You'll chuckle and laugh as Shane educates you on some real San Francisco politics that just maybe, might lead to a line like this:

Is the Union Rep Gonna Have to Choke a Bitch?
Sometimes you never know what you'll see at Pegasus Comedy Night. Here on Youtube you can see two comics (one of which is Jake Hubbard) doing a creative demonstration of peeling a banana with a whip. That's really all I can say about this act (nothing blue, just weirdly funny). It's one of those "you gotta see it to believe it".