Weird & Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
There’s a reason Weird & Awesome has been running for more than eight years, a veritable eternity for an independently produced comedy/variety show in a black-box theatre. Host Emmett Montgomery has built a durable machine for the conveyance of discovery and surprise, drawing from disparate corners of the Seattle performance community to curate a buffet of humanity. This month Montgomery celebrates his 40th birthday in his inimitable, subversively soft-spoken way. Buy tickets in advance; these shows sell out.
When Kathy Griffin appeared in an ill-conceived photograph wielding a bloody, severed Trump head, the right-wing outrage machine swarmed, and we felt protective of her. When she immediately and profusely apologized, we were disappointed in her. When she rescinded the apology, we tentatively prepared to welcome her back into our hearts. When she nailed her impersonation of shameless White House liar Kellyanne Conway on Saturday Night Live, she won us back. Now she returns to Seattle to bask in the afterglow of that reunion with her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour.
Ron Funches is one of the Pacific Northwest comedy scene’s most beloved exports to LA. Back in the day he’d make the trip up from Salem, Ore. to perform on Seattle’s alt stages and crash on local couches. Now he’s a big star who’s appeared on shows like Black-ish, New Girl, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time and many more. He returns to Seattle to film a TV special and, true to lovable form, he’s donating ticket proceeds to Mary’s Place, an emergency shelter for homeless families.
This blighted era has kicked David Cross’s legendary irascibility into overdrive. He came out of a six-year touring hiatus in the summer of 2016 to rail against then-candidate Trump, gun nuts and Christian fundamentalists. Now, fresh off filming the fifth season of Arrested Development, he returns with a new tour. As much as he might grumble about it, Cross’s caustic wit and imaginative flights of peevishness seem particularly well suited to this time in America, a sentiment best expressed in the name of this tour: “Oh Come On.”
As one half of The Dollop podcast, Gareth Reynolds responds to strange and obscure stories from American history as researched and read to him by co-host Dave Anthony. The show is downloaded over a million times a month. Reynolds excels as the perceptive but uninformed everyman, exuding a crass but relatable charm. Onstage, he’s an engaging storyteller who does cultural criticism from the cheap seats, avoiding the many pitfalls of his fellow basic-white-guy comics by carefully choosing his targets and skewering them with verve.