We may be having a warm winter, but the jokes from six Pacific Northwest comedians snowballed before a packed house at Edmonds Center for the Arts Friday night.
Mountlake Terrace resident and nationally known comedian Kermet Apio kicked off the show after an introduction from his son, Makana Apio, a student at Terrace Park School in Mountlake Terrace.
Apio, whose last name is Hawaiian, came from Hawaii to attend the University of Washington in the 1980s.
“Or as they pronounce it in Arizona—suspicious,” the island native said.
When people ask him, ‘how long have you lived in the states,’ he responds, “you mean the one I’m from?”
He said he told a man who asked him that, “How long you’ve been a woman? Man, woman, it’s ‘just’ words.”
Apio’s routine also included jokes about married life and raising kids.
Next up was Cory Michaelis, an Everett teacher, who started off with a routine about the social media fallout related to his recent divorce (completed in Lincoln County last April in which he represented himself—I checked) and his current single life.
A history teacher, Michaelis brought the intellectualism up a notch (whoa), referring to World War I as it was in the 19-teens as the Great War—they weren’t that pessimistic.
His jokes about suburban soccer moms hit a bit of flat note, but hey, it’s Edmonds, and someday that may work but not this night.
Michaelis has an edgy rapport that serves him well in surviving the high school rat race.
In year eight, (but who’s counting), Edmonds Comedy Night finally brought in its first black comedian and trail blazer, Nathan Brannon, one of the top talents from Portland, Ore.
He joked about the fog he experience driving into Edmonds. “Even the air is white,” he said.
“If Malcolm X had a nightmare it looks a little something like this,” he said, overlooking the crowd.
Brannon warmed up to the audience with tales of his pending fatherhood, interracial marriage, new outdoor experiences after growing up in Portland’s inner city (his wife is a Norwegian from Walla Walla), and guns.
Brannon, with his stocky, yet doughier build, and medium-length dreads, pointed out the similarity between his look and that of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. That guy is everywhere.
Huge laugh from the audience.
Up next was Scott Lossei of Bellevue, a late addition to lineup, who showed off a nice repertoire of jokes.
Lossei joked that his doctor told him he was diagnosed with “Polar Bear Disorder,” to only find out it was bi-polar disorder.
“I went from being real excited to real depressed really fast,” he said.
Susan Rice of Portland ended the show with a long set that generated plenty of laughs.
Her act is like listening to your chatty, inappropriate, yet funny and wise great aunt tell stories at the kitchen table while the two of you overeat and waste time.
The 32-year-veteran of standup comedy and life-long “fat kid” gets down to the nitty gritty of getting old, taking care of elderly parents, relationships with young people and the romantic needs of 70-plus-year-old men.
“You talk to the cat and he ignores you, and then he jumps on you at night,” she quipped.
The event, which was organized by Terrace Park parent Megan Hicks, was a fundraiser for the Mountlake Terrace-based K-8 school. Other Edmonds School District schools and groups also sold tickets to the show to raise money.
– By Tony Dondero