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It's not easy shaking off Gov. Jay Inslee's ban on live entertainment if you own a venue in Washington. Adam Norwest, who is the president of the Spokane Comedy Club, is doing what he can to keep the venue afloat after five dormant months courtesy of the novel coronavirus.
No live audience for a comedy show. No problem – well, at least for some performers. Comedy-starved fans – 878 of them – paid $10 to witness an online comedy event Saturday assembled by the Spokane Comedy Club. “I was completely surprised by how many people supported the show,” Spokane Comedy Club owner Adam Norwest said while calling from his Tacoma home. “It was nice since they want to support the club and see some comedy.”
The Spokane Comedy Club is doing all it can during this challenging time of the coronavirus pandemic. The comedy club has set up a Go Fund Me page for its employees and is hosting a pair of virtual shows Saturday and the following Saturday.
Comedienne Sarah Colonna (“Shameless,” “Insatiable,” “Chelsea Lately”) will go live on her Instagram @sarahcolonna1 tonight at 7:30 p.m. to help raise money for the out-of-work staff at the Spokane Comedy Club.
Much has changed in 48 hours. While walking down Sprague Avenue on a chilly Saturday evening, it was evident that business was slow. Restaurants and bars were midweek quiet. The coronavirus is clearly wreaking havoc.
It’s no surprise that comedienne Margaret Cho’s run of four shows at the Spokane Comedy Club from Feb. 27-29 included sold-out dates, but one surprise was her opening act, openly gay comedian and Texas native Daniel Rugg Webb.
Margaret Cho is a trailblazer. She is credited as being the first successful Asian American comedienne in a field still fairly dominated by men. The Korean American who grew up in San Francisco has always been open about her sexuality and is an LGBTQ icon.
When Andrew “Dice” Clay became the first comedian to sell out an arena a generation ago, it was hardly surprising since “The Diceman” was ubiquitous during the early days of the Clinton era. Fans of Clay’s cable-TV specials and films packed the massive halls to catch and recite his bawdy nursery rhymes.
Stormy Daniels is full of surprises. Donald Trump was taken aback when the adult film star filed a lawsuit against the president over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the 2016 election.
This hour follows “Joke Show,” which premiered on Netflix in December.
“Spokane! Are you ready to get weird?” the adult film star, who received hush money to hide an alleged affair with President Donald Trump, said on Twitter.
If Kevin Nealon was an animal, he would be a shark because he’s in perpetual motion. Ever since the cerebral actor-comic became a “Not Ready for Primetime Player” on “Saturday Night Live” a generation ago, Nealon has been working on a TV show or film or delivering standup.
That familiar face whizzing through the trails of Mt. Spokane this weekend just might be the mug of Damon Wayans. The veteran comic-actor, who will perform Thursday through Sunday at the Spokane Comedy Club, might return to the highest point in Spokane County.
Comedy shows are happening practically every night this week.
Around the same time The Spokesman-Review’s Fall Arts Scene preview of music, stage and theater was shipped to the printers Thursday afternoon, it was announced that comedian and actor Damon Wayans will be performing in Spokane in October.
Joel McHale has a snappy response for almost everything. If you can take his word at face value, McHale’s performances this weekend at the Spokane Comedy Club will be nothing short of legendary.
Almost exactly a year ago, Spokane’s Kelsey Cook was headlining the Spokane Comedy Club fresh off her debut appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and just a couple weeks shy of making her Comedy Central debut in an episode of “This Is Not Happening.”
Although he often incorporates written material into his sets, Glatzmaier has become known for his ability to improvise comedic songs based on audience suggestions.
She’ll perform at the Spokane Comedy Club on March 7 and 8.
These Spokane Comedy Club shows are helping Cummings finesse her first Netflix special, which is scheduled for filming in Washington D.C. in March.