Seattle is growing a thriving comedy scene, with a particularly strong emphasis on improvisation. The Parlor Live brings in major comedy acts sure to ring in spring with more than a few good laughs.

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Alonzo Bodden
Date: March 15 to 17
Hours: Thurs – 7:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Alonzo Bodden was last year’s “Last Comic Standing,” so he knows a thing or two about making people laugh. Quick witted and always on point, Bodden will have you laughing your pants off as he makes jokes about what is going on in the news today. With appearances on some of the most popular late night talk shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Alonzo clearly knows what triggers amusement. Come out to The Parlor and catch him live. You won’t regret it.

Michael Yo
Date: April 19
Hours: 7:30 p.m.

Michael Yo got his start in radio and has worked his way to being a regular on several different television shows. Find Yo on “Chelsea Lately” or on the channel E! Entertainment series as Yo broadcasts his sense of comedy. Yo coins himself as the “half black brother with a Korean mother.” He has already made his way across the nation, performing stand up at some of the most proclaimed comedy clubs. With all of that practice, he will definitely have jokes down that might make you fall to the ground with laughter.

Faizon Love
Date: March 22 to 24
Hours: Thurs – 7:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Laugh with the comedian whose booming voice and easy humor graced “Couple’s Retreat,” “Blue Crush” and “The Replacements.” Faizon Love’s comedic rap sheet is miles long, but he’s nothing if not the promise of a good time. His start in comedy set him up for his first major motion picture hit as Big Worm in “Friday.” Love is a plus-sized, Afro-Cuban comedian who has no shame in making people laugh at his and their own indignities. Go, grab a drink and laugh a little with Faizon Love.

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Nick Cannon
Date: April 5 to 7
Hours: Thurs – 7:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Nick Cannon is everywhere. From television shows to comedy clubs, there is no escaping his reach. That is not to say his expansiveness is a bad thing though. There’s a reason he has made his way around. Cannon has appeared on numerous comedic shows such as “The Dave Chapelle Show,” as himself, and most recently, “Up All Night” as Calvin. If his comic talent isn’t ringing a bell, then just check out the celeb gossip as he is Mariah Carey’s husband. Gossip aside, Cannon is full of talent and will perform according, blowing the audience away every night.

Doug Benson
Date: April 20
Hours: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Doug Benson is known for his documentary “Super High Me.” He has since taken his stoner humor and toured America, appearing on just about every late night show as well as “Last Comic Standing.” Furthermore, he has kept audiences laughing by appearing on shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Friends.” With a lineup like that, there’s no doubting he’s not full of funny bones. Come out and be thoroughly entertained for an evening, leaving with stomach aches from laughter. 

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Parlor Live
700 Bellevue Way Northeast, Ste. 300
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 289-7000

Jason Sipe is a freelance writer in Tacoma, Washington. He is covering Nightlife & Music. His work can be found at

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