Tracy Morgan’s comedic style forces us to examine a tough question: Is this guy even from the same planet as us? The highly condensed ball of unstable comic energy has proved his talents as the outlandish Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Now that 30 Rock has wrapped, he’s refocusing on his standup career, which is heavily influenced by his upbringing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Before heading to his show, check out Seattle Met's interview with the comedic wild card.
June 14 at 8, Neptune Theatre, $34
Speaking of NBC defectors...after leaving Saturday Night Live following this season's finale, Fred Armisen is taking his act on the road. The Portlandia star will probably bring plenty of the characters concocted in his head to the live show, but don't be suprised if he also shows off his musical side.
July 7 at 8, Showbox at the Market, $25–$30
Though Sub Pop is known for its music, the Seattle record label also has some stealth success with comedy. On July 12, the night before Sub Pop's free Silver Jubilee celebration in Georgetown, the label will host a loaded alt-comedy charity show at the Moore featuring David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Braunohler. Proceeds from the event go to KEXP, Northwest Harvest, and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
Sub Pop Records' Silver Jubil-Eve Comedy Thing (For Charity!)
July 12 at 8, Moore Theatre, $25
Comedian Pete Holmes is a lovable galoot. A very busy galoot. In addition to hosting the You Made It Weird podcast, voicing the E*Trade baby on TV, and portraying an incompetent Batman in CollegeHumor's Badman series, his new standup special—Nice Try, The Devil—premiered last month (and will likely go down as one of 2013's best). This fall he begins his career as a late-night TV host following Conan on TBS with The Midnight Show. Let's just say his show at the Neptune is gonna be McDonald's.
June 29 at 8, Neptune Theatre, $20