Seattle Pride and Parlor Live Seattle have gone all out to present their first-ever joint comedy series starring world-famous LGBTQA talent. The “Pride Comedy Series” connects comedians Jen Kober, Jessica Kirson, Heidi Foss, Nico Santos, Bridget Everett, Erin Foley, Hal Sparks, and Gina Yashere over the course of five shows per month beginning Thursday, March 19. Tickets for all scheduled shows in the series are available at parlorlive.com or by calling 206-602-1441. Early reservations are strongly encouraged.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Pride this year on an exciting new stand-up comedy series. Our hope is that this will resonate within the community and will garner some great exposure for both this year’s on-going festivities and some of these amazing local and national acts,” said Boone Helm, Marketing Director for the Parlor Entertainment Group. “The support and feedback on the program thus far has been tremendous and there seems to be a real buzz as we gear up for the kick-off show in March. We are very excited to be an integral part of Pride in 2015 and this is our first step in bringing the best of LGBTQA friendly comics to the heart of Seattle on a regular basis.”
“Seattle Pride is excited to work with Parlor Live to bring the ‘Pride Comedy Series’ to the community as a signature Pride event. The breadth of LGBTQA talent is superb and we look forward to co-presenting this showcase,” said Seattle Pride President Eric Bennett.
Jen Kober, comedian and actress on the rise, kicks off the “Pride Comedy Series.” She has been seen in BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Mindy Project and Anger Management. Kober has been in several films, including Paranoia, Grudge Match and American Reunion. She presents an original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Kober’s show at Parlor Live Seattle features Jessica Kirson from Last Comic Standing and Nick Cannon’s School Dance. Seattle Pride Comedy Series, Vol. 1 sponsored by City Arts Magazine, Encore Media, and Click 98.9.
Heidi Foss is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Female Stand-up in Canada. The comedienne has combined her background in theatre with her unusually sardonic perception of everyday life to become a standout presence on the North American comedy scene. Her dry, deadpan delivery has earned her three televised galas as a part of the Montreal International Just For Laughs Festival, as well as numerous appearances on CBC radio, television, CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival, and on CTV’s Comedy Now! showcase. Foss’ show at Parlor Live Seattle features Nico Santos from Showtime’s Pride Comedy Jam, E! Network’s Fashion Police and as a round table regular on Chelsea Lately. Seattle Pride Comedy Series, Vol. 2 sponsored by The Stranger.
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She’s been dubbed “Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks” by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. Everett’s performs monthly with her band, The Tender Moments, and the performances have grown a cult-like following with guest appearances by Patti LuPone, Fred Armisen, Flea, Marc Shaiman, Tonya Pinkins, Jake Shears, and more. Everett’s show at Parlor Live Seattle features Erin Foley from TruTV’s How To Be A Grown Up. She just finished writing for the Ellen DeGeneres’ NBC sitcom One Big Happy, which debuts in the spring of 2015. Seattle Pride Comedy Series, Vol. 3 sponsored by The Stranger.
Hal Sparks is perhaps best known for playing the charmingly handsome Michael Novotny in Showtime’s acclaimed hit original series Queer As Folk. Sparks’ film roles include Dude, Where’s My Car?, Spider-Man 2 and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. He can currently be seen in the Disney television show Lab Rats. Sparks’ show at Parlor Live Seattle features Gina Yashere from Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week. Originally from the UK, Gena broke into the American comedy scene with her appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the final 10. Seattle Pride Comedy Series, Vol. 4 sponsored by City Arts Magazine, Encore Media, and 96.5 JACK-fm.
General admission tickets and VIP seating for all shows are on sale now.
Parlor Live is a 21+ venue, but Thursday shows are 18+. All shows are Thursday 7:30 p.m. (18+), Friday 7:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:30 p.m. There is a two item minimum purchase per ticketholder.