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Annual SketchFest brings comedy to Greenwood’s Pocket Theater

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

The annual SketchFest comedy festival is underway, with several shows of local performers coming up this week and next at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., and the headline shows with comedy acts from around the world at the Annex Theater, 1100 E. Pike St., Sept. 22-23.

The Pocket Theater shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 online or $14 in advance.

See the lineup for each show online, plus performer bios. Some acts are solos or duos, while others are larger groups of sketch artists.

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Greenwood comedian Evelyn Jensen makes it to quarter-finals in Seattle International Comedy Competition

November 8th, 2016 by Doree

evelynjensen-comedianGreenwood comedian Evelyn Jensen was one of just a handful of female comedians who made it to the quarter-finals in this month’s annual Seattle International Comedy Competition at venues all over Puget Sound. Jensen was one of 32 competitors.

Jensen was born and raised in Minneapolis, but has been performing comedy in Seattle for the past three years. She also co-wrote/starred/directed the two-woman show “Blood Actually: A Morman Murder Love Story,” performs for various sketch projects around Seattle, regularly contributes to the podcast “Local Look,” and has performed at Bumbershoot.

Unfortunately, Jensen was knocked out of the competition this past weekend and did not reach the semi-finals. But hopefully she’ll be back next year.

 

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Annual SketchFest comedy festival comes to Greenwood

September 9th, 2016 by Doree

The comedy festival SketchFest is coming to Greenwood’s Pocket Theater, with performers from all over the country as well as Canada. SketchFest is the world’s first sketch comedy festival, founded in 1999.

This year’s event will bring talent from around the country, with a special showing of acts from Canada. Audiences can look forward to the wit of Ladies & Gentleman, recently seen on Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and at the Montreal Fringe Fest, as well as Winnipeg’s H.U.N.K.S., who have been tearing up the fringe circuit, garnering tons of acclaim (including a 4 star review from the CBC, who called them “among Winnipeg’s finest sketch brands”), in addition to over 25 other groups.

SketchFest has continued to make it a priority to attract diverse acts–and this year boasts the widest variety of performers yet. Los Angeles-based Blade Brown (which includes former Seattleite Myrone Sumner) recently won the 2016 L.A. Scripted Festival Sketch Cage Match Tournament and include members who are writers and performers from the CBS Diversity Showcase. Blade Brown calls themselves “a diverse group of performers that bring that urban slice of life theme to any sketch stage.” Deep Lez is an all queer-identifying group who have performed at Bumbershoot, Seattle SketchFest, and lesbian living rooms all over the Pacific Northwest.

The main shows are on Sept. 23-24 at the Annex Theater, but several preview events are at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.: 7 p.m. on Sept. 15; 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sept. 16-17; 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18; and 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

You can buy tickets online.

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