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March 3, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

WITH THI BUI
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 07:00pm
Show: 08:00pm
MATT TAIBBI

Author of the new book, Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, Matt Taibbi doesn’t shy away from saying what he means. As a journalist, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, thinker, and all-around muckraker, Taibbi has made a name for himself by famously not pulling any punches.

 

 

THI BUI

Thi Bui, author of the new graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, is a masterful artist and storyteller. Her book alternates between the past and present, and the lives of her parents amid the chaos of the Vietnam War, her childhood in California, and Bui’s experience raising a child of her own. It explores the saga of two countries while trying to understand a family in three generations. 

 

March 9, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH MARA WILSON + HANNAH HART
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
 

MARA WILSON

Mara Wilson grew up. This comes as a shock to many love her work in 90’s films like Matilda or Mrs. Doubtfire or Miracle on 34th Street. But, like all of us, Wilson spent the last some-odd years getting taller, wiser, and older. Unlike most of us, she’s also used the intervening years to do things like become a columnist, comedian, playwright, and author of Where Am I Now: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. She has used her time well, especially considering how much of it she spends answering the question: aren’t you that girl…?

HANNAH HART

Hannah Hart is on a roll. It began with her YouTube series, My Drunk Kitchen, in which she makes meals and makes merry, whilst knocking back a few. Once a full-fledged Youtube star, Hart added NY Times bestselling author to her plate, with My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut. In her latest book, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, she opens up about growing up, family, faith, and mental health. Still hungry, she’ll soon be on the road in a food and travel series she’s cooking up for the Food Network.

 

March 16, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH SASHEER ZAMATA + ALONZO BODDEN + AYELET WALDMAN
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
SASHEER ZAMATA

Sasheer Zamata makes the cut. For four seasons now, you’ve seen her name in the opening credits of a little show called Saturday Night Live. Her name has appeared on a number of other auspicious lists, though, such as Cosmopolitan's, “13 Funny Women to Watch,” Time Out New York's, “Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC,” and Complex Magazine's, “Women in Comedy You Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now.” She’s also been listed in the credits of shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Two Dope Queens, and This American Life. She’s at the top of our list, too, in case you were wondering. 

ALONZO BODDEN

Don’t let his 2016 comedy special, “Historically Incorrect,” fool you. Alonzo Bodden is a habitual winner. After nabbing the grand prize on Last Comic Standing, Bodden has continued his streak by holding it down on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me as one of their most frequent panelists. We’re having him on to win us over, win our hearts, and win the night.

 

 

AYELET WALDMAN

Ayelet Waldman isn’t one for doing things the standard way. Author of eleven novels and two books of nonfiction, Waldman hasn’t let being a lawyer, a wife, a mother of four, a political activist and delegate to the Democratic National Convention slow down her writing. To wit, her latest book, A Really Good Day, details her experimentation with taking therapeutic microdoses of LSD to treat her depression and mood disorder. You could say Waldman is a fan of the road less taken, but it’s probably more accurate to say she’s just intent on Getting The Job Done.

April 6, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH DAN HARMON + LAUREN WEEDMAN + FRUIT BATS (ERIC JOHNSON SOLO)
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
DAN HARMON

Dan Harmon is a brand. Creator and Producer of cult-hit NBC show Community, Harmon’s name has become a household explicator for an entire genre of comedy, under which his other shows-- Rick and Morty, Great Minds with Dan Harmon, and his podcast Harmontown-- also fall. Harmon’s comedy is bizarre and at times avant garde, it gets raw and it goes there, wherever there is. More than anything, though, the Harmon brand means that something is hyper-intelligent and still hilariously accessible, just like Harmon himself. 

LAUREN WEEDMAN

Actress, comedian, playwright, and author Lauren Weedman is not okay. Having been a correspondent on The Daily Show, a regular on HBO’s Looking, acted in films like Date Night and The Five Year Engagement, and written and performed 9 solo plays, some would argue that Weedman is doing great. But her books A Woman Trapped In a Woman’s Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe and Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay would tell us different. Lauren Weedman didn’t come here to be okay. She came tell it like it is.

FRUIT BATS (SOLO)

Eric Johnson wears a lot of hats. For instance: the hat of touring rock celeb, film scorer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. In one hat he’s been the founder and frontman of indie dreamband Fruit Bats, in another, a member of The Shins, Vetiver, Califone. Still another: touring solo as EDJ. Can’t wait for him to hang his hat with us and sing us home.

April 15, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

WITH DAN SAVAGE
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 08:00pm
Show: 07:00pm
DAN SAVAGE

Don’t expect Dan Savage to sugar-coat things. The writer for The Stranger’s internationally syndicated sex and relationship advice column, Savage Love, Savage is an LGBT advocate and activist, author of four books, podcast host, and founder of the It Gets Better movement geared toward preventing suicide among LGBT teens and youth. Savage has made a name for himself as a real force for good, but that doesn’t mean he’s saccharine. Known for his brutal honesty and scathing commentary, Savage might be here to give a helping hand, but that doesn’t mean he’s pulling any punches.

April 20, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH GLYNN WASHINGTON
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

GLYNN WASHINGTON

Glynn Washington says his stories are “best served with cocktails,” and he’s not wrong. Host of WNYC’s Snap Judgement, Washington make our Most Interesting Men Alive list. On the acclaimed and wildly popular show, Washington offers an endless supply of tales from his days in Detroit, Indonesia, Oakland, and beyond, all in his signature smooth-as-cognac radio voice.

April 29, 2017 (Pendleton, OR)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: To Be Announced
Doors: tba
Show: tba

May 11, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH ARIEL LEVY + THE MINIMALISTS
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

ARIEL LEVY

Ariel Levy is a poor typist. This is the reasoning she gives for being fired from her first admin job. This fact hasn’t stopped her from working for twelve years at New York Magazine, from being a celebrated staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, or from having published two books-- The Rules Do Not Apply, her second, out this March. Maybe she’s transcribing?

 

THE MINIMALISTS

We’ll keep this one short. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists, have devoted their lives to downsizing. Through their three books (including bestseller, Everything That Remains: a Memoir), podcast, blog, and documentary, these two have been teaching people across the globe how to jettison their clutter in order to make room for what counts: time, relationships, and passionate living. 

 

May 19, 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: The Fitzgerald Theater
Doors: tba
Show: tba

May 25, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH HARI KONDABOLU
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
HARI KONDABOLU

Comedian Hari Kondabolu might just be the smartest person you’ll meet this year. Forget that after earning his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin he went on to receive a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and then worked for a time as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle. Beyond that-- and probably, thanks to it-- his comedy is a complex blend of social commentary, honest personal experience, and trenchant political wit. He’s been on Fresh Air, he’s been on Conan and Kimmel, Letterman, and the mother of them all, Live Wire. His new album Mainstream American Comic has been talked up this year-- and now you can join that smart talk, professor.

June 1, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH KURT BRAUNOHLER
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

KURT BRAUNOHLER

Kurt Braunohler is lots of things, but he’s not lazy. Comedian, writer, performer, and podcaster, he’s best known for comedy album How Do I Land, and his long-running show with writing partner Kristen Schaal, Hot Tub. He’s also jet skied from Chicago to New Orleans for charity, and has been in dozens of TV shows and films, including the upcoming Apatow movie, The Big Sick. Crazy: maybe. Lazy: no.