There's a lot to like about this year's comedy lineup at Bumbershoot. Patton Oswalt is back for his sixth appearance—it's a healthy addiction—along with Marc Maron, Doug Benson of Doug Loves Movies, Todd Barry, SNL alum Tim Meadows, Horatio Sanz, and Mike Drucker, and (formerly) local talent Reggie Watts. Watts will do his beatbox-keyboard-music-comedy thing in addition to screening a brand new episode of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman.
Have you seen Watts's recent duet with Aziz Ansari? They sing about sandwiches. So good.
The Northwest showcase isn't anything to scoff at either. Seattle’s Laff Hole, Tacoma’s Comedy Club, and the Vancouver Comedy Fest will all send talent, but it's the more offbeat programming that hooked us. Like: competitive erotic fan fiction. We asked local comedian Emmett Montgomery, a Northwest comedy programming advisor for Bumbershoot who'll also perform his Weird and Awesome show that weekend, to explain:
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook: "Bryan did a lot of great work here in Seattle and his show was the first thing I suggested. ... He's this really delightful misanthrope, this kind of savage intellectual. Erotic Fan Fiction is a love letter to literacy and language. It’s, like, a high-level, no-holds-barred gross-out contest and sendup of pop culture. It’s talented comedians writing erotic fan fiction about pop culture icons, from celebrities to TV shows. It can go from Sesame Street to Friday Night Lights to Star Trek. It gets gross and weird. The people’s he’s had on it have been really great. It’s a show that I think has national importance but originated here, and is done by local comedians. He hasn’t released the lineup but there will be a few beards on there."
Hot Comedy with the Spicy News: "They do these shows where they eat habanero peppers and then interview each other."
Comedy Jam (Preserves): "That should be interesting. If you look at the age range [55–70] of the comedians, it's super cool. Especially Jay Wendell Walker [age 70]. He's still super active and has a huge presence on the Internet. He was one of the first MySpace comedy profiles—his bio said, 'I invented comedy.'"
Aug 31–Sept 2, Seattle Center, $50–$55; three-day pass $120
Read on for Bumbershoot's music lineup.