Located this year in the newly renovated Armory, Flatstock will feature the most talented illustrators and poster designers from around the world. A Bumbershoot mainstay since 2003, fans will once again be able to view and buy fine poster art and meet the talented artists behind these original designs. Organized by the non-profit American Poster Institute, Flatstock is dedicated to presenting poster artists collectively, showcasing the breadth of individual styles they represent, and promoting the art form.
“API and the artists we work with are happy to continue the now decade long tradition of bringing the creative individuals who design fine poster art to fans and patrons of Seattle’s Bumbershoot,” commented Geoff Peveto, American Poster Institute President.
The comedy line-up has also been announced—Janeane Garofalo! Doug Benson! Paul F. Tompkins! HOORAY! Full line-up after the jump.
Fred Armisen Though he originally made his mark as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and in films such as Anchorman and Eurotrip, it was Portlandia, his comedic collaboration with former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, that signaled Fred Armisen’s breakthrough moment. The pair’s self-lambasting, satirical dissection of hipster culture in our sister city to the south was recently renewed for a third season by IFC.
Janeane Garofalo Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene as a comedian, actress and activist in 1992. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well-informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in film and TV such as Reality Bites, Ratatouille, 24, The West Wing and Saturday Night Live.
Doug Benson Doug Benson, of Best Week Ever and Last Comic Standing fame, is back at Bumbershoot to do three tapings of his popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies.” Come for the laughs as Doug and his friends have a freewheeling conversation about movies, but stay for the games, where they compete in movie trivia. Make a movie-related nametag with your moniker on it for a chance to win!
Paul F. Tompkins Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian, actor, and writer known for his work on Best Week Ever, and Mr. Show with Bob and David. In 2011, his popular “The Pod F. Tompkast” ranked as Rolling Stone’s #1 best comedy podcast.
Brian Posehn With his bone-dry wit, penchant for all things heavy metal, and a multi-faceted career that includes television (The Sarah Silverman Show, Californication), film (Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, Red Fang’s iconic music videos), and writing (Mr. Show, Metalocalypse), Brian Posehn has earned himself a devoted following. Whether skewering himself in his acclaimed stand-up or lacerating others during a Bob Saget Roast, Brian’s droll delivery is always pitch-perfect.
Kurt Braunohler Kurt Braunohler was recently named a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central and has been seen (or heard) on TV in Bob’s Burgers Delocated, The Heart She Holler, Comedy Central Presents and as the host of the anti-game show BUNK on IFC. Penelope: Princess of Pets, the popular web-series with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal, was recently turned into a show for the B.
How Did This Get Made – LIVE! Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael bring their bad movie podcast to Bumbershoot for three different live recordings featuring special guests and focusing on the best worst summer movies. From Superman 3 to The Room, “How Did This Get Made” is a roundtable discussion of movies that are so bad that they are actually great. It was called one of the “Best New Comedy Podcasts of 2011” by iTunes.
Gabe and Jenny Gabe Liedman is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who has written for BBC America and MTV and is writing a pilot for Comedy Central with his frequent collaborator, Jenny Slate. Jenny, a longtime fixture on the downtown New York and Brooklyn alt-comedy scenes is a durable stand-up, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live and co-writer and voice of the short film Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.
Christian Finnegan Christian Finnegan is a stand-up comedian, appears frequently on television, and writes for both money and for kicks. Christian can currently be seen on the sitcom Are We There Yet? but is best known from VH1’s Best Week Ever. Chappelle’s Show fans will recognize him as Chad in the infamous “Mad Real World” sketch. And pinko communists know Christian from his regular appearances on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
Damien Lemon Damien Lemon has been featured on MTV2’s Guy Code, Hip Hop Squares, and Russell Simmons: The Ruckus on Comedy Central, and appears in the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman. His stage performance is an all-inclusive bug-out session with material ranging from fornicating politicians driving up sex prices to the "Stop BCC'N!" campaign.
Dan Soder Dan Soder has been on the New York comedy scene for close to five years. In that time he has been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, voted “Funniest Comedian” at the New York Comedy Festival, and was the standout at the 2011 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
James Adomian James Adomian is a daredevil dancing queen renowned for the many masks he wears and his fiery populist satire. James was a top-10 finalist on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing and frequent contributor to Comedy Death-Ray Radio. He performs at Upright Citizens Brigade and at festivals, theatres, dive bars, party schools and radical political events. Other credits include Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, The Late Late Show, Face to Bush, WordGirl and The Onion Radio News.
Karen Kilgariff Karen Kilgariff has been doing stand-up comedy for over 20 years. You may know her from HBO's Mr. Show, Channel 4's The Book Group or The Girl's Guitar Club. Additionally, she was the head writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show for five years.
Ron Funches Ron Funches was raised in Chicago, but as a teen found his way to the Pacific Northwest where he discovered his love of comedy and smoked salmon. With a unique delivery and child-like demeanor, Ron has been impressing audiences and fellow comics alike. Ron was recently a finalist in NBC Universal's Stand Up for Diversity and can been seen in the first season of IFC's Portlandia.
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Too Beautiful to Live After successful stints on NPR programs All Things Considered and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Seattle-based comedian Luke Burbank launched Too Beautiful to Live, initially on KIRO 97.3, where it was voted “Best Radio Show” in 2009. Currently a popular podcast, it addresses everything from love and life, to pop culture and politics, with fearless aplomb.
Read it and Weep (A Celebration of Nicolas Cage) When comedian Alex Falcone enlisted his friends, Ezra Fox and Chris Smith, to record a podcast dissecting the awfulness of the Twilight novels, their affection for analyzing the best of the bad quickly extended to film and television. For their Bumbershoot debut, they will review three of Nic Cage's “best” works, Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, and City of Angels.
Jay Hollingsworth’s True Story Comedy Show After each of his guest comedians presents a round of stand-up, Jay Hollingsworth conducts a take-no-prisoners Q&A, exploring which elements are true and what’s been manipulated for comedic effect. By fusing the forensic with the funny, Hollingsworth illuminates the back-stories behind the tall tales, offering us a rare glimpse inside the craftsmanship of comedy.
The Comedy Stand The Comedy Stand, created by Seattle comedy producer Sean McCann, is an hour-long stand-up comedy show. Each day of the festival features a different lineup of the Northwest’s top comedians. Saturday (9/1): Adam Ray, Joe Fontenot, Heneghen, and Manny Martin. Sunday (9/2): Jay Hollingsworth, Tyler Smith, Bryan Cook, and Mike Colletta. Monday (9/3): Billy Wayne Davis, Kortney Shane Williams, Kyle Ploof, and Phil Fox.
Vancouver ComedyFest’s Illegal Aliens An eclectic selection of British Columbia’s funniest comedic performers with surprise guests. Warning: will include several references to pot, Alex Trebek, maple syrup and much ado aboot nothing. Curated by Will Davis, Creative Director of ComedyFest Vancouver.
Laff Hole Progressive local comedy collective Peoples Republic of Komedy will host a nightly showcase of the best in Seattle’s burgeoning stand-up and sketch talent, featuring additional video presentations and special guests to be announced. Bumbershoot is proud to welcome back this long-standing element of our Northwest Comedy Program.
COMEDY PASSES All of Bumbershoot’s comedy performances are included as part of a general admission ticket, but the popularity of these programs and the intimate venues in which they are staged means shows will fill to capacity. To ensure patrons can make comedy part of their Bumbershoot experience, the Festival offers one free comedy pass per person, per day, guaranteeing admission to a comedy show of the patron’s choice. A limited quantity of free passes are available each festival day, on a first come, first served basis. When passes are gone, admission to comedy shows may still be available on stand-by. All the Comedy Pass details are available at bumbershoot.org/info/getting-in/#comedy-pass.