You can view the price of admission to the Bumbershoot festival in one of two ways:
1. It’s expensive.
2. For the price of a couple of shows you can see several world class performances by dance troupes and attend numerous comedy and theater shows. You get an entire film festival, author readings and panel discussions. Throw in a bicycle rodeo, the Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show and things just for kids, including Caspar Babypants and Radio Disney. Oh, and of course, there’s music. Lots and lots of music.
Basically, Bumbershoot is a ten for one kind of deal.
There are plenty of reasons to go to Bumbershoot, but one of the best is to go for the laughs. Comedy shows during Bumbershoot are highly popular. So popular, in fact, that in prior years it was hard to get in to see one. The festival’s organizers have instituted a Comedy Pass this year to address that issue. From the website, a brief summary of how it works:
- Comedy passes are not required, but recommended to secure a seat in one of the comedy performances.
- One Comedy pass will be available per person/ticket, per day, while supplies last.
- Comedy passes are good for one performance only (specified on the ticket), and are not transferable to other shows, venues or days.
- To allow more comedy fans a guaranteed opportunity to see a comedy show, each patron may receive only one comedy pass per day.
- To guarantee admission, comedy pass holders must arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before, but no later than 15 minutes before the performance time.
- Pass holders arriving 15 minutes or closer to the performance time are no longer guaranteed a seat and are encouraged to join the stand-by line for admission.
- Comedy fans wanting to attend more than one performance each day may join the stand-by line at each venue.
- Each venue will have a stand-by line for patrons wishing to attend a performance but who do not have a pass to that particular show.
- Admission from the stand-by line is not guaranteed and is first come, first served. There is no limit to the number of performances for which you can try to stand by.
There truly is an amazing line-up of laughs at Bumbershoot this year, including but not limited to:
Comedy Podcast Live! The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick
“G4’s Chris Hardwick started The Nerdist, a popular comedy podcast, as a way for him and his friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira to discuss comedy and “nerdy stuff,” usually accompanied by a celebrity guest.”
Bridgetown Comedy Festival Showcase
“The Bridgetown Comedy Festival arose from a love of boundary-pushing comedy and the belief that the Pacific Northwest’s exposure to the national stand-up scene’s current golden age was limited.”
Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt
“Hosted by Greg Behrendt, co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You, Bring the Rock features compelling and often hilarious stories from comics and musicians about the music and bands that rock them. Each “rocktail” is followed by a cover of said band/song performed by the Electrick Snowflake.”
Patton Oswalt & Friends
“Patton Oswalt is a nationally touring comedian in addition to starring in Big Fan and as the voice of Remy the rat in Ratatouille.”
“The People’s Republic of Komedy, a tight-knit group of like-minded Seattle comedians, has been creating a stir in the local arts scene with their wildly popular, stand-up heavy, variety show Laff Hole.”
“People’s Republic of Komedy has played host to some of Seattle’s best comedic infused Cabaret and Burlesque performers and for Bumbershoot, they’re pulling out all the stops. They’ve handpicked their favorites – from ventriloquists to fortunetellers – this vaudeville style show will take you back to a sillier time.”
Joe Mande, Chelsea Peretti, Donald Glover
“Currently starring on NBC’s hit comedy Community, Donald Glover is a comedy wunderkind, hired as a writer on 30 Rock while he was still working as a Resident Advisor at NYU. Joe Mande is a rising star in New York City’s alt-comedy scene and was named “Best New Comedian” of the year by Time Out New York. Chelsea Peretti is a comedian who many will recognize from her recurring role on Louis CK’s FX show, Louie.”
There are three comedy stages in different parts of the Seattle Center grounds. They’re going to make you work to see multiple shows. You can download a map of the grounds here.
Comedy Stage North – Intiman Theatre
Comedy Stage West – The Vera Project
Comedy Stage South – Charlotte Martin Theatre