Monthly Archives: November 2015

It’s Penultimate! Finals Night 4 Admiral Theatre Bremerton

(L-R Host Rodger Lizaola, Dino Archie, Mitch Burrow, Hans Kim, Kortney Shane Williams, Al Park. Photo by Joshua Chambers)
We’ve been taking this Finals show to the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton since 1998, at the suggestion of comedy journalist Sean McCarthy (thecomicscomic.com) was an entertainment writer for The Sun. Sometimes in the past, the audiences have not totally agreed with the judges’ assessment, but tonight EVERYBODY killed it, so it was just a matter of taste. A little something for everybody. We even had a celebrity judge, iconic Seattle comedy figure John Keister, star of KING 5 and Comedy Central’s hit show “Almost Live.”

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Finals Show 3 Kirkland Performance Center

(Overexposed and out of focus from L-R: Hans Kim, Al Park, Kortney Shane Williams, Mitch Burrow, Dino Archie, Rodger Lizaola)
We’ve been coming to the KPCenter (as we insiders call it) almost since it first opened in 1999. It is possibly the best-configured venue for stand-up comedy in the Northwest. 400 seats, all in close proximity to the stage. Sold out, as have been virtually all our shows. Great audience. The chardonnay crowd if you will.
Every audience member had his or her favorite, but the judges saw it this way:
1. Hans Kim 2. Mitch Burrow 3.

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13 Years on Vashon

(Photo Pete Welch)
Now that the tryptophan’s worn off, we can finally update this site. Whew. Did a little calculation Wednesday night, and it turns out we’ve been bringing this show to the Vashon Theatre for 13 year! When Eileen and Gordon Wolcott bought the islands’ only movie house, they immediately decided to add a stage so they could have live events. It wasn’t more than a couple of months later that producer Ron Reid, always in search of new venues, approached them with the SICC. They said yes, and the rest is a history of sold-out shows. And at least one Thanksgiving storm power failure.

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WAC Choice

(L-R Dino Archie, Kortney Shane Williams, Mitch Burrow, Al Park, host Rodger Lizaola, Hans Kim. Not pictured: Tom Waits)
This year, as in the past, we began the finals with a private show for abut 120 members and guests at the venerable Washington Athletic Club Crystal Ballroom. It’s always a challenge for the finalists, between the longer set and the change from the huge crowds of last weekend. The show is always great, however, and greatly appreciated. And then there’s the “WAC Choice” award. This is the only venue where the audience members vote for their favorite, in addition to the judge scores.

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And your finalists are. . .

Virtually every show in the Competition so far has been a sellout, and tonight’s was no exception.  So – Mitch Burrow came in first.  Hans Kim came in third.  Andrew Rivers was 5th. Why is that significant?  Because Hans was in 8th place going in to the night.  But his score was so high this night that he not only passed Andrew and Samson Koletkar but knocked Tony Dijamco out of the 5th finalist spot by .13 of a point.  That’s right – 13 hundredths. So – on this night, it was Mitch, Kortney Shane Williams, Hans, Al Park, and Andrew.  

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Semi-Finals Night 4 – Bainbridge Island

(L-R Host Dan Rosenberg, Kortney Shane Williams, Samson Koletkar, Mitch Burrow, Dino Archie, and with the glowing head Al Park)

We have been fortunate to have a series of huge audiences and sold-out shows, and this night was no exception.  Squooshed.  Every inch of space taken.  Even the performance area was limited due to the construction of sets for BPA’s production of Mary Poppins. Insert clever remark here.

Former LA comic Dan Rosenberg is a Bainbridge resident and BPA board member, and did a great job of establishing a warm receptive atmosphere, the audience was red hot for virtually every second of the show.  

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A Skagit Casino Adventure!

(L-R Tony Dijamco, host Duane Goad, Kortney Shane Williams, Dino Archie, Mitch Burrow, Al Park, Andrew Rivers)

It was all going so well.  Show sold out way in advance, good driving weather, nice leisurely dinner.  Host Duane Goad keeping it tight, everyone is KILLING IT.  Intermission was smooth, Tony Dijamco up first after the interval nails it, his best set of the week.  Enter Jill Maragos.  Cue the fire alarm.

Apparently some bros were partying in a hotel room with a smoke machine of some kind. Alarm is sounding.  Strobe lights are flashing.  People are bewildered.  

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Olympia, Here We Come

Mr Globey goes to Olympia tonight to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. We have Duane Goad as our master of ceremonies.

We have the always funny Duane Goad hosting our Top 10 comics which includes Dino Archie, Mitch Burrow, Tony Dijamco, Hans Kim, Samson Koletkar, Jill Maragos, Al Park, Andrew Rivers, Owen Straw and Kortney Shane Williams.

Show Details

Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington Street SE
Olympia,

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What a way to start the Semis!

(L-R Kortney Shane Williams, host Duane Goad, Al Park, Hans Kim, Dino Archie, Mitch Burrow, Owen Straw)

One of the coolest things about the SICC Semi-Finals is that we move into big concert venues; performing in a comedy club is way different from a sold-out 700 seat theater. The Edmonds Center for the Arts is a favorite of ours – and why not? A gorgeous facility, great staff, and the ability to pack the place on a Wednesday night. And the semis are amazing shows – the top 10 comics. Wheat, chaff, you know. Here’s how it played out:
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Tonight We’re off to Edmonds

The Semi-Finals of the Seattle International Comedy Competition start tonight at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

We have 10 really funny comics who get to do more time and what a better place to kick it off than in a nice big theater with a great crowd.

This show features Dino Archie, Mitch Burrow, Tony Dijamco, Hans Kim, Samson Koletkar, Jill Maragos, Al Park, Andrew Rivers, Owen Straw and Kortney Shane Williams.

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