As you may have guessed from our past coverage or maybe just from reading our name, we’re music people. That being said, when it comes down to it, we’re pop culture enthusiasts and like you, we enjoy a mix of quality entertainment options. While we’ll be spending the majority of our Bumbershoot watching good to great sets from our favorite local and national musicians, we’ll also carve out time to give our ears some rest by taking in the rest of what Labor Day at the Center has to offer.
We’ll dive more into our recommendations from the music side things later this week but in the meantime, here are five comedians/comedy acts we deem worthy of our time this holiday weekend.
From the musical comedy masterminds behind “Bed Intruder” to familiar faces from your favorite TV shows to lesser-known local favorites, Bumbershoot comedy has something for everyone.
After watching The Gregory Brother’s surprise hit of the decade, continue on for each comedy act’s festival blurb.
Hide yo’ kids! Hide yo’ wife! The Gregory Brothers, the fearsome foursome behind some of the biggest viral videos in recent memory, are invading Bumbershoot. Whether auto-tuning the news or remixing C-Span, The musical stylings of The Gregory Brothers (Evan, Michael, Andrew, and Evan’s wife Sarah) are not to be missed. (Click here for show times and locations.)
Deon Cole’s charismatic personality and original style make him one of the most popular performers in the comedy scene today. In addition to serving as a staff writer for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Cole has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Laffapalooza, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo. (Click here for show times and locations.)
Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow, and he’s been making audiences laugh ever since. Mirman was a fixture on Flight of the Conchords, had his own Comedy Central special, and can now be seen regularly on Adult Swim’s Delocated. (Click here for show times and locations.)
Hari Kondabolu is a former Seattle immigrant rights organizer who has been compared to Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. In addition to his own Comedy Central Presents special, he has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and Live at Gotham. (Click here for show times and locations.)
The Ashley Judd Comedy Hour came together when its celebrity creator gathered Seattle’s six funniest juvenile delinquents and molded them into a tight comedy unit. Now, every month at the People’s Republic Kafe they perform a brand new hour of sketches, characters, and stand-up. (Click here for show times and locations.)