Hello Graveyard Drifters!
This is Peter from Seattle, budding comic and FORT-skateer during the run of LCS. I've had the pleasure of working with some of our favorite (and not so favorite) LCS-1 participants and thought I'd give you guys an update.
I did not get stage time with Rich Vos, but I did get to meet him this past summer as he played Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle. He is very tan, very short and disappeared from the club rather quickly after his shows. The Seattle crowd seemed more interested in his radio show appearances than to continue debating LCS issues--an opinion shared by Rich as he downplayed any reaction to the show from the audience. Rich is coming back within the next few weeks and, like his previous appearances, it is bound to sell out.
Two weeks later, I had the extreme joy of carting Dave Mordal and Corey Kahaney from Seattle to Olympia, where I MC'd the show. Having Dave and Corey in your car is like becoming an instant cast member and I started looking around for the cameras...they talk about the show constantly, including a chance meeting of Dave and Geoff in Las Vegas...get cell phone calls from Vos...and gave some super secret information to yours truly about some of the behind the scenes moments. It was a great time...and I followed that up with being their MC for four great shows at Giggles in Seattle. On top of that, along with another Seattle comic, we got the chance to take Corey for some sightseeing and she treated us to a great lunch... They're both awesome people and as a comedy fan as well as a show fan, this was a great experience. Dave is coming back to Seattle for the last weekend of April/first weekend of May...and that should be a great show. Corey is...off the road...for a few months...preparing some "new material."
Terri Joyce headlined at Seattle's Comedy Underground. I did not get to meet Terri but I heard that her Friday shows were sparsly attended but her Saturday shows were packed.
And, this past weekend, Dat Phan headlined at Giggles Comedy Club. I did not perform over the weekend, but I did MC the Thursday night open mic night where Dat did some time. (This show was filmed by Seattle's Evening Magazine television program, but there's no word on how the footage will be used.) Dat was very nice, but strangely, he did THE EXACT SAME MATERIAL WE ALL SAW HIM DO ON LCS. Open mic time is for comics to develop or try new material--and maybe because the tv cameras were there, maybe because it was the first time he ever performed in Seattle, but--I was surprised to hear his competition set in between some newbies and some local pros working on new stuff...
The owner of Giggles had expanded to 6 shows rather than 4 for the weekend, and I heard that the shows were well attended. My other comic friends say that Dat is definitely planning a career in sitcoms and does not want to be tied to a life as a touring stand-up comedian.
Other than that, Ralphie May was supposed to have opened for Chris Rock but I understand that he did not appear. And I think we all heard about Brett Butler & Drew Carey's comments about the semi-final judging of LCS-2.
Hope everyone is doing well. I'll report with more if we all bother watching LCS-2.