Aug. 31–Sept. 3
Bumbershoot Comedy and Conversation
As Bumbershoot’s musical roster turns further toward mainstream hitmakers, its comedy lineup veers deeper into the esoteric. This year, hero of SPF30 (and Bob’s Burgers) Eugene Mirman returns for his zillionth Bumbershoot set; smart guy Ken Jennings and raconteur John Roderick present their weird-stuff-happens podcast Omnibus (not comedy per se but you can expect some laughs); Blair Socci reads love letters to celebrities in her show Dear Owen Wilson and Seattle standup favorites Kortney Shane Williams and Alyssa Yeoman perform solo sets.
The bullet points come fast and furious for Aasif Mandvi: author, actor, TV and film producer, Indian-born, Florida-raised Muslim, former “senior Middle East/Muslim/All Things Brown correspondent” at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Given the dizzying diversity of his projects, including his ongoing role in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and his one-man show “Sakina’s Restaurant,” and his lightning-quick, race-curious, media-saturated wit, he remains a favorite guest on Trevor Noah’s Daily Show incarnation. Mandvi visits Bellevue with his latest work-in-progress, a one-man show/comedy performance Aasif Mandvi’s Mid-Life Crisis.
All the stunt comedy in the world doesn’t mean much if you’re a hack, but Sammy Obeid, who in 2013 earned the Guinness Book designation for most consecutive standup shows after his years-spanning 1,001 performances, is a real talent. Obeid plays his unique personal history for witty, empathic laughs, including his academic past as a theoretical math major and his Palestinian American roots (“I’m dating an Israeli woman who’s out of my league and I’m like, why are you settling?”). Smart material aimed at a smart crowd—just so you know what you’re getting into.