Things got weird (and awesome) when we started working with Seattle comedian Emmett Montgomery on a video series inspired by our December cover story, 67 Ways to Stay Sane This Winter. It's entirely appropriate, since he hosts a monthly variety show at Annex Theatre titled, simply, Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery, populated by local comedians and podcasters, puppets, and cartoon monsters. We sat down to brainstorm, and many, many cups of black coffee (and a little pho) later, we had a four-part original series, Seattle Winter and You, with its own share of cartoon monsters.

Things look a little less gray and terrible outside from Emmett's perspective in episode 1, "Our Enemy, the Sun." No sun for six months? We couldn't be more thrilled.

Seattle Winter and You: Our Enemy, the Sun. from Seattle Met on Vimeo.

Check Culture Fiend on Fridays for the latest episode. Read on for our Q&A with Emmett Montgomery.