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Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas

You better watch out. You better not cry. The original Christmas creep is back for his tenth season of ruining your precious holiday memories right before your eyes!

For those looking to escape the sickening sweetness of most holiday specials with a completely different sickening feeling, Jet City Improv is proud to announce the return of UNCLE MIKE RUINS CHRISTMAS, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 from November 25 through December 23.

As it has since 2007, every performance of this hit comedy gathers cheery and authentic Christmas memories from members of the audience that are then re-enacted live on-stage with a sappy saccharine charm. But every new season means more fresh meat, and it’s only a matter of time before Uncle Mike with all of his obscenity, vulgarity and bearded debauchery shows up to work his depraved magic. He defiles everything he touches until the once-precious memory is forever changed into something downright offensive, raunchy, and obscene. Before the dust and spittle can settle on the now-twisted Christmas of yesteryear, Mike has moved on to the next unsuspecting anecdote, covering a whole host of memories in one night like some sort of belligerent Santa Claus.

To celebrate ten holiday seasons under the tyranny of Uncle Mike, ten tickets to each performance will be made available for just $10 each on a first come, first-served basis starting at 12:01am on November 25 at jetcityimprov.org. Audiences in attendance at this year’s shows will also be able to purchase Uncle Mike’s Gingerbread Cookies” adorned with a very unconventional frosting design at the Jet City Improv concessions stand while supplies last.

. . . the satisfaction of watching groan-inducing Hallmark sentiments churned into late-night ribaldry. Seattle Met

. . . a foul, perverted, and often funny satire of family dysfunction. Seattle Weekly

This show is for mature audiences only. You’ve been warned.

CAST
Mike Murphy
Graham Downing
Nick Edwards
Alison Lührs
Mandy Price
Ian Schempp
Kalya Teel
Stephani Thompson

CREW
Created and directed by Douglas Willott
Live music by Rob Scherzer
Technical improvisation by Amanda Walker

Death and Taxes presents: Imitation Crab

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

From the comedy duo Death and Taxes comes Imitation Crab: It’s not what you think it’s going to be, but it’s exactly what you expect.

Sunday, November 6th @ 6:30 PM
Friday, November 11th @ 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 12th @ 10:00 PM
Tickets: http://bit.ly/ImitationCrab

Show Description Imitation Crab is the second full length sketch show written and performed by Death and Taxes. The show is a silly exploration of existential dread.

Featuring Written and performed by Chris Allen and Graham Downing

Producer bio Death and Taxes consists of Chris Allen and Graham Downing. The two met at Jet City Improv in Seattle and have been working together for about ten years. They are based in Seattle and perform improv and sketch comedy around the country.

Halloween Hell Harvest (of Comedy!)

Seattlecomedy.org presents its first ever original production: Halloween Hell Harvest (of Comedy!)
A collaboration of a few of Seattle’s weirdest minded sketch comedy writers and performers creating an entirely new, dark, bizarre, and sometimes surreal collection of horror comedy sketches. HHH’s sketches will range from strange and macabre looks at everyday places and events such as small down dinners and crafting shows to delightfully silly looks at familiar horror staples like interdimensional Lovecraftian horrors, Dr.Moreau’s abominations of science, and the real life terrors of sleep paralysis. Halloween Hell Harvest will be strange, creepy, unsettling, hilarious and all together entertaining.

Halloween Hell Harvest features a Seattle sketch comedy all star” cast that is: Elizabeth Brammer (Liz & Joel, Unexpected Productions), Kevin Clarke(The Entertainment Show, Weird and Awesome w/ Emmett Montgomery),Samantha Demboski (Fifty Percent Less Bear, BEEF!), Tom Gibbons (Tomato Tomato), Matt Hatfield (Drop the Root Beer and Run, Matt-enee), Elena Martinez (Sober Virgin, Getting Naked with Friends), Jason Miller (Ubiquitous They, Jason & Spike), Kara O’Connor (Day Job, The Fantastic Miss Adventures of Twisty Shakes),Matt Olson (Smat!, Drop the Root Beer and Run), and Joel Osborne (Liz and Joel).

In addition to the performance from the show’s main cast, each night will also feature guest performances from notable Seattle comedians and horror enthusiasts;
-Stand up comedian and creepy doll collector, Allison Lizotte (Oct 27th)
-Monster themed sketch comedy from Death and Taxes (Chris Allen and Graham Downing Oct 28th)
-Experts of the paranormal and occult: The Gloomwhisper Entrancement(Improvisers Elicia Wickstead and Ian Schempp Oct 29th).
-Each night will also feature a short film debut from Kara O’Connor, Matt Hatfield, Wes Johnson, featuring a brand new song from local sci fi synthpop hero, Jesse Mercury.
-Every night will also include a Costume Contest! Prizes! And of course, Candy!

October 27th, 28th, & 29th
Doors Open at 7:30, show starts at 8.
$16 at the door but $13 online!

Online Tickets available at: https://slate.vbotickets.com/event/Halloween_Hell_Harvest_of_Comedy/16599

Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes is the comedy of Chris Allen and Graham Downing. The two met at Jet City Improv in Seattle and have been working together for nearly a decade. They joined forces to become Death and Taxes which performs sketch, improv, and whatever else people will let them do and have performed on stages everywhere from basement bars to Second City. Death and Taxes focuses on relationship based comedy, where the characters care about each other and humor is found through dealing with difficult and awkward changes in those relationships.

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Cast Of One Season 2: Featuring Graham Downing

One featured improviser will perform a one-person production, in which they play every character. The audience will choose the story: any book, film or play ever created. With only the help of a quick glance at the synopsis, will they create an entirely improvised, once-in-a-lifetime adaptation of the work in question. In this show the improviser has no safety-net, no partner, no one to help. All they have is their wit, talent and a room full of strangers watching them attempt the bravest act a performer can attempt.

Graham Downing was born, raised and plans to die in Seattle. He has been performing improv for the last 11 years and is thrilled to be doing his second Cast of One. When not improvising he is a painter and one half of the sketch troupe Death & Taxes. He’s really sorry he never returned your email.

Smat! at Sketch Comedy Month

It’s your least favorite sketch comedy duo: Smat!

If you loved Sarah McKinley and Matt Olson in their sketch comedy groups Part Plantand Drop the Root Beer and Run, you probably still won’t like them as Smat! But they don’t care, they’re putting on this show for you (or in spite of you) anyway! What are you gonna do to stop them? What could you possibly do, huh? You’re weak. You’re powerless. You’re part of the problem. You’re Smat!, too!

Get your tickets now before someone else buys them all so nobody can see the show: http://bit.ly/SMATsm2016

Smat has graciously agreed to share their Sketch Comedy Month! time slot against their will with the brilliant Death and Taxes, starring Chris Allen and Graham Downing.

Late Night Happy Hour Presents: Alex & Ben, Porchlandia, and Death & Taxes!

Come get some of the best improv comedy (and the cheapest drinks) this city has to offer! This week brings the comedy stylings of:

-Alex & Ben
-Porchlandia
-Death and Taxes

Alex & Ben are each other’s own little brother. It will become obvious that time, space, and lacking a common parent doesn’t stop them from tormenting each other for your viewing pleasure.
They have created an imaginary, audience-sized pillowfort for you and they have a box of Twizzlers with your name on it. Can you come over? Mom said we can stay up till midnight.

Porchlandia: Two Girls. One Porch.
Molly Arkin and Britney Barber both did lots of improv but not often together, so they decided to change that and get weird whenever possible. It’s been about 10 months; their spouses don’t miss them.

Death and Taxes is the comedy duo of Chris Allen and Graham Downing. Chris and Graham have been performing together for nearly a decade and have taken the stage in thousands of improv shows. Noticing their similar outlooks and philosophies on comedy, the two teamed up to form Death and Taxes which performs sketch, improv, and whatever else people are willing to allow them to do on stage.

Tickets are Pay What You Can, available at the door.

$2 Rainier! $3 Fat Tire! $4 Seattle Cider! $4 Boozy Root Beer! $5 wells!

Death and Taxes Present: The Royal Wedding

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

Death and Taxes Present: The Royal Wedding, their first full length sketch revue.

Sunday, April 3rd @ 6:30pm & Saturday, April 9th @ 10pm
http://bit.ly/Deathandtaxes

Show Description
The Royal Wedding is marriage between the smart and the stupid, a celebration of dark humor and well intentioned idiots. You will see the elevation of the idiotic and the dumbing down of the brilliant. This show is a festival of the absurd and our love letter to you, the audience.

Featuring
Death and Taxes is Chris Allen and Graham Downing.

w/ Opening sets from: Jason Miller, Feelings & Getting Naket w/ Friends

Producer bio
Death and Taxes is the comedy duo of Chris Allen and Graham Downing. Chris and Graham have been performing together for nearly a decade and have taken the stage in thousands of improv shows. Noticing their similar outlooks and philosophies on comedy, the two teamed up to form Death and Taxes which performs sketch, improv, and whatever else people are willing to allow them to do on stage.

Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery- September Edition!

Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery is a love letter to the strangeness and talent that walks amongst us. Each show features brilliant people doing things outside of their comfort zones or the things they are really good at. Prizes are won! Friends are made! Nightmares are shared and Joy is experienced!

Featuring the talents of Co-host Jana Hutchison and:

House weirdos Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke will do something that will probably be good!

A song and story by Julia Massey!

Graham Downing will share with us!

Surprise Awesomeness!

Joke telling by a Comedian of note!

We will win prizes made by local arts and crafters!

Plus special guests and other surprises!