The Pork Filled Players (PFP), Seattle’s oldest sketch comedy group, unveils Late Nite Spam-O-Rama, a monthly late night comedy/live music cabaret, which debuts January 24, Saturday, at 10 pm at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S. in Seattle’s International District).
Joining the Players in the inaugural Spam-O-Rama are the Entertainment Show, regular denizens of the People’s Republic of Komedy, and special musical guest star, the Dana Sweeney Trio (jazz ensemble with Dana Sweeney, vocals, Dave Anderson, sax, Owen Yen, guitar).
“The I-District and Seattle’s Asian American artists have a long history of late night entertainment,” says Roger Tang, producer for PFP. “Shows like NWAAT’s 11:07 and Hypnotica have long presented the best in comedy, dance and drama. The Pork Filled Players intend to bring this tradition into the 21st Century and beyond.
“PFP plans, each month, to present the best in late night sketch comedy and live music. We’ve got contacts not only with the top sketch groups in Seattle, but in Vancouver, Canada and across the continent.”
The January Late Nite Spam-O-Rama follows the Cody Rivers Show at the Theatre Off Jackson. Tickets are $6 general, $5 if also seeing the Cody Rivers Show.
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Scientists, programmers and nerds by day…By night, they are the Pork Filled Players! Since 1997, the Pork Filled Players have waged a never-ending battle to unleash their hidden funny bone for audiences of every race, creed and gender across the Pacific Northwest. Beneath their guises as mild-mannered engineers, journalists and office workers, the Players have honed their humor like a scalpel (or is it a dull meat cleaver?) to whack away at notions of race, class and social norms in 21st Century America. Equally adept at sketch comedy and traditional theatre, the Players the Northwest’s longest running Asian American theatre using humor to achieve maximum tongue-in-cheekiness, biting cultural/political satire and hilarious racial disharmony with their brand of Amazing Kung-Fu Griptm zaniness.
Nowadays, they are known as the official sketch comedy duo of the People's Republic of Komedy, but Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke have been self-producing ridiculous comedy shows in Seattle for nearly an entire HALF DECADE. Their videos and skits combine their love of movies with absurd melodrama, shocking twists, and probably some guns and/or blood. Plus, they're funny.
Dana Sweeney studied opera at Peabody and sang with the Baltimore Symphony, as well as doing a lot of musical theater. Later she fronted rock bands in Albuquerque before moving up to Seattle. This is her first appearance in Seattle. She works at PopCap Games and has two cats.