The old Seattle comedy scene

Via my friends at Shecky magazine comes word that many of the old-timey (and by old-timey, I mean older than me) Seattle comedians got together for a good ol’ barbecue picnic, and Alysia Wood filed a report on the matter with her own reflections on how these comics helped her find her way in stand-up. As someone who saw Wood make her initial appearances at the Comedy Underground, it’s doubly nostalgic for me to read her thoughts on such Seattle stalwarts of stand-up as Peggy Platt, Cathy Sorbo, Brad Upton, Rod Long, Cliff Barnes, Kermet Apio and Undergrounders Ron Reid and Carl Warmenhoven. Her description of the back of the Underground and everyone hanging and talking smack and joking really brings me back. Ah, memories.

Related: The Comedy Underground, temporarily booted from its current confines in Pioneer Square, begins a summer weekend series in West Seattle on July 11-12. But where do we go for the open mics?! Argh.

Sean L. McCarthy

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