Uncle D's Comedy Underground: Spokane's Best Comedy Venue
Every Friday and Saturday night, September through June, Uncle D's Comedy Underground, Inc. brings award winning performers to Spokane! Visit Spokane's only Las Vegas-style showroom with full bar and dinner menu throughout the show. Doors open at 6:30pm, shows start at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12.
Comedy Open Mike every Thursday at 8:00pm
Every Thursday night our comedians in training refine their routines on stage in our Open Mike, starting at 8:00pm. As a performer, you need to be signed in with us by 7:00pm that evening in order to perform in Open Mike. No cover, new audience members are always welcome! And of course, we serve Bluz full menu throughout!
Dean Austin is originally from Oakland, Ca. and now resides in Los Angeles. He has a rapid-fire comedy style, which leaves audiences on the floor. He has always said, "Without laughter--there’s no happiness." He has appeared on several TV shows and performs Colleges, Cruise Ships and Clubs all over. Dean started performing comedy in 1990 when a friend dared him to go on stage at a local comedy club in San Francisco. Since then he’s performed throughout the United States and overseas for the Troops in Japan, Germany, Korea and several other countries. He just returned from a tour in Iraq! Dean has been seen on BET "Comic View," Showtime at the Apollo, Uptown Comedy Club, Latino Laugh Festival and has made several other TV appearances. Many of the patrons that go to the comedy club to see his performance leave with a whole new outlook on love, racism and how people should be treated. If comedy were bottled, the label would read, "Dean Austin Antidote!"
Bob Bailey III
Bob Bailey III performs comedy around the world on cruise ships and in production shows but he loves to make Seattle laugh. "He spells his name with one O!" Bob has been cast as the comedy star of "High Heel Sneakers" in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was the comic rascal in "The Great American Wild Wild West Show" in Branson, Missouri. He has been seen on HBO, Showtime and is soon to be seen on The History Channel. Bob is Showtime's "Funniest Man in Washington." Bob has a popular corporate show that beautifully adapts to the workplace and has earned glowing reports from Boeing, Microsoft, Adobe, Ford Motors, Solutions IQ, Safeway, Weyerhaeuser and Nintendo. Bob has opened for Jay Leno, Pat Paulsen, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has appeared everywhere from ship lines to the National Democratic Convention.
Whether you are into impressions, political satire, or improvisational comedy, Zaq is your man! His unique style of humor has delighted audiences in clubs and colleges across the country. Has featured for Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Wendell Walker, Rod Long, and others. Performing for the young, and the young at heart, all have enjoyed his versatility and zany characteristic displays of everyday life, as seen by a comics point of view. Zaq's humor not only makes you think; it brings everyone together on a comical rollercoaster of hillarity and beyond. If you think you have problems, step into Zaq's world.
Originally from Montreal, Brad now makes his home in Seattle where he is an accomplished comedian and actor. Brad has performed at many colleges and universities both in Canada and the U.S. and has recently been seen on Comedy Central and BET. An energetic powerhouse when it comes to standup comedy, his original style and go for broke enthusiasm makes his act one that is not to be missed.
At 117 years of age and still able to bench press over 2500 pounds, Dan Cummins is a medical marvel, and “pretty funny for a woman”. Within three days of deciding to pursue stand-up, Dan landed spots on "The Late, Late Show”, “Last Comic Standing: Season 6”, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”, and his first 1/2 hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Dan Cummins.” Impressive? How about world record. Combining absurd, imaginative, yet somehow relatable topics with a laid back, signature delivery style, Dan is one of the most requested comics on the college circuit, performing at 110 schools from Maine to Washington during the 2007-08 school year alone. While not touring colleges, Dan is quickly becoming a headlining fixture on the club circuit, bringing in new fans to his live shows each time he makes another national television appearance. In 2008, Dan will be releasing his first nationally distributed CD, “Things I’ve Thought About”, a CD the President of Showbiz and the CEO of Comedy both gave 11 stars out of 5 (on the strength of Dan's biceps alone). Dan is also becoming a fixture on the internet, having numerous sketches featured on MySpace’s Comedy page, and having one of the most watched clips of the recent season of Comedy Central Presents on the networks website. Finally, Dan is no stranger to the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals, having appeared at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the Boston and Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festivals.
Chris has worked hard crafting a unique, methodical and cynical way of meandering through life's daily situations. He cleverly dissects life on the road, cars, driving, and childhood activities and daily exasperations. Curtis won the Laff Stop comedy competition.
Jerry Diner has headlined from NYC to LA and every place in between including Hawaii and the high seas. He is most proud of the addition of some original funny songs which he plays on his travel sized keyboard. Along with the comedy Jerry has been directing theater. He has done some plays off broadway and five one person shows for the likes of comics Rich Ramirez, Frankie Pace and John Kawie whose show won "Best Solo Show" in the NYC Fringe Festival 2003.
Vaughn Eaglebear is a Lakota Sioux Colville Indian based in
Spokane, Washington. Eaglebear is a Pow Wow Master of Ceremonies,
songwriter and comedian. Nicknamed "The Frybread Assassin," Vaughn
scores a comedy bullseye with his original brand of one-liner
comedy. With an unconventional style and thought-provoking
material, Vaughn is like an amusement park ride for the brain. When
this ride is over, audiences will have a severe dose of comedy
whiplash. An accomplished Pow Wow drummer and emcee, the
multi-talented Eaglebear also wrote and performed the song, "John
Wayne's Teeth" in the Sherman Alexie film, "Smoke Signals." Vaughn
won the 2003 Spokane Comedy Competition. Eaglebear brings a
uniquely intelligent, socially relevant, umcompromising style
unlike any on the comedy scene today. He has appeared at comedy
clubs across the Northwest and his college credits include Eastern
Washington University, University of Washington and Washington
Flaherty is a professional comedian, amateur badass but mostly
Growing up in Southern California in the 70s, Huck Flyn has played guitar since he was 10 years old. He did his first gig at age 11, a graduation dance. Huck was a class clown and he always had funny quips in between songs when playing with the band. In the late seventies, he started going to the Comedy Store in Hollywood on a regular basis and became a fan. In the early 90's, Huck did a guest set at a comedy club in the bay area. The crowd went wild, and the rest is history. He started working with such notables as Bill Engvall, Kevin Pollack, Paula Poundstone, and many more. Soon thereafter, Huck got a break opening for bands such as Joe Walsh, Lonestar, Marshal Tucker, and Sammy Hagar. Huck has always thought that comedy and music were a perfect fit and so the "Rock N' Roll Comedian" is a perfect moniker for Flyn.
Slick and insightful, opinionated and laid back, Seattle born
Fulton has appeared on
numerous stand up shows both in the US and UK including "Evening At
Improv" A&E and "The Stand Up Show" BBC1 - "Whiplash delivery
and relentless pace" The List. "...Could be cast as the evil cast
away in the satanic remake of The Blue Lagoon." San Fransisco
Examiner. "...Fulton puts it out there. It's your job to pick it
up. And if you are a smart man, you will." The Seattle
One night after watching the premier of Eddie Murphy’s HBO
special, Delirious, Harrold realized his guidance counselor was
wrong. He realized not only could he make a living talking crazy,
but unlike most money making opportunities the ghetto had to offer,
this one was legal. Harrold is now a favorite across the Northwest,
and has played various dives and colleges through 43 states, and 2
Canadian provinces. His humor touches on a wide range of topics,
from his twin daughters, to his cool 70 yr. old dad who "refuses to
cut his Jerry Curl." He was the winner of the 2002 International
Seattle Comedy Competition, and a finalist in the 2003 Comedy
Central Laugh Riots. He has opened for the likes of Bernie Mack,
Chris Rock, Bill Maher and Ray Romano to name a few. He can be seen
in the Indie film Homeless, and was also the opening act for the
Dave Chappelle Block Party Tour that kicked off at The Paramount
Jim Green is one of the funniest comics working the circuit today! Although legally blind since birth, this little inconvenience has not stopped him from making people laugh from coast to coast! However, his baseball career had to be put on hold, knitting is a bitch, and removing a sliver is darn near lethal! Jim Green's comedy career has spanned over 20 years with performances that range from a small bar in Northern Canada, to the Green Party National Convention in 2004, which, by the way, landed him a brief appearance on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show." Jim's quick wit and sharp political satire, plus an uncanny talent for impressions has made him one of the Northwests best kept secrets!
James Heneghen is a legend in the Seattle comedy scene, touring for just over 15 years. He is a high-energy, talented comedian who is constantly writing new material. He likes to talk with the audience, not just at them. For James, each show is different. He loves to improvise and tailor things for each audience--drawing material from his life, politics and whatever strikes him. Heneghen has been a finalist several times over in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. He tours nationally, but calls Seattle his home. James is currently working on a new album.
Comedian Eric Haines is a born entertainer. He is an award-winning comedian and multi-talented performer with amazing abilities as a singer, guitarist, banjo player, marionette puppeteer, unicyclist, juggler, and stilt walker. Haines grew up in Montana, where he was considered aristocracy because he owned an air compressor. His career as a performer began when a neighbor paid him $10 to perform at a birthday party. Lured by the easy money, he avoided a real job by quickly developing his own comedy-based variety show for corporate events. When Haines began working full time as a professional comedian in 1995 he had already been working as a corporate entertainer for over ten years. He has over twenty years total experience working as an all-around entertainer, both as a comedian and in the professional fields of theater, children’s theater, school assembly programs, festival entertainment, school workshops and corporate entertainment.
Kermit has been a veteran of the Northwest stand-up comedy scene for over 15 years and has worked clubs around the country. He takes the crowd on a twisted ride through popular culture.
Susan S. Jones
Susan is a Northwest comic, former hostess of the Miss Nude Washington Pageant and has opened for Doug Stanhope and Tere Joyce. At the moment she loves being on the road. She says she can drive home from anywhere and is a roadsavage! Her influences are Gilda Radner, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Mike Wally Walter and Hee Haw.
Art Krug has payed a lot of dues in his 23 year rise to the middle. He has performed at comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events, and hotel lounges...all of which helped to prepare him for the day when he would appear on a tour bus full of sleepy retirees driving around downtown Portland, Oregon, his home town. "Making them laugh was the easy part", he remembers. " The real challenge was keeping my thumb on that button for 90 minutes." When his agent got a call early in his career asking if she had a singing gorilla that could embarass someone at a sushi bar, she said, "No. But I have a comedian.", setting up a series of events that ended with the client calling to say they'd pay the 75 dollars but "he didn't even try". So give Art a call. He'll be sure to liven up your biker picnic, fraternity hazing, or mall opening. And if it's stand up comedy, he can do that too.
Sharon Lacey was a middle school teacher before jumping out of the public education system and onto the comedy stage. You’ve seen her on the Disney Channel, ABC, Lifetime, and A&E. She has performed in clubs, colleges, and casinos from coast to coast and Canada. Sharon’s an alumnus of the San Francisco and Seattle Comedy Competitions, and a finalist in the A.M. Northwest Comedy Competition and the Shades of Laughs Urban Comedy Competition. She’ll take you on a hysterical journey through the school halls, parenting, other jobs, and life.
Are you ready for a kaleidoscope of humor? Rod Long gets to the heart of what’s funny be it sports, office politics, or life in general. Rod is gracious and personable in all settings; the consummate funny man. Rod is a renaissance man--a photographer, a journalist and collaborator on a web comic strip. As a veteran on the comedy scene, Long won the 1987 Seattle International Comedy Competition and the 1998 "Emerald City's Funniest Person" contest. He has been seen on the Showtime Comedy Club Network -- twice -- and has performed at Caesar's Palace, Caroline's, The Comedy Underground, and many other venues throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He is co-host of the Seattle P-I Annual Sports Star of the Year with Steve Raible and the color commentator of the annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Tom McTigue has the ability to find humor in some very surprising places: the roof of your mouth, the banks of the Nile, the birdfeeder in the back yard, even the Pope's bathtub. His gift of marrying the obvious with the obscure, his literate style, and his charismatic personality make him an original comic act with broad appeal. If you think his face looks familiar, you have good reason. A former series regular on television's Baywatch, Tom has also appeared on ER, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, Quantum Leap and has been featured in over 100 national TV commercials.
Chris Molineux's show is a quantum leap past just clean and clever. Since 1986, his high energy and intelligent brand of humour has been popular with corporate and convention crowds. The show bristles with comic invention covering a wide variety of subjects and ideas. Chris Molineux has a great sense of physical comedy, an amazingly elastic voice and a sensual feel for the absurd that makes him truly unique. Chris Molineux is a master of the voice and his accents and impressions are an excellent complement to his comedy material and audience involvement improv. All this combined with the ability to respect his audience and knowing what will work best in any situation, ensures an excellent show. Over Chris's years of performing he has worked with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Ellen Degeneres, Norm McDonald, and Ryan Stiles. Chris Molineux will custom tailor shows for specific events.
Don Parkins born and raised in Spokane, Washington is as far as we know the only Hillardite Comedian ever. After graduating from Rogers High School and a term in the U.S. Army, Mr. Parkins moved to Nevada, where he operated several Karate schools and "personal body guard service". There, working in the large clubs, he was body guard for many great performers such as Kenny Rogers, Mitzy Gaynor, Jim Nabors, and many more. This business clad him in 3 piece suits and with his powerful manner gained him the nickname "The Hit Man". With his understanding of the business and his love for people and comedy, Don can look forward to a long and very successful career.
Jerry Percio is comedian, actor, writer and award winning novelty song writer who has been featured on Comedy Central, TNT, NBC, The Lifetime Network and in ad campaigns for Diet Coke and Pepsi, as well as numerous local commercials. Some of his work can be heard regularly on the All-Comedy Radio Channel and Dr. Demento's syndicated program. He has written for Jay Leno, Rick Dees and others. He is an incredible mimic whose voices are referred to as re-creations rather than impressions. When asked if he is funny and talented his reply is, "I haven't had a job since March of '84....I must be doing something right."
Pow Wow Comedy Jam
This fast rising tour on the comedy circuit showcases four of the best and brightest Native American comedians, delivering a trail of laughs across the land. "The foursome tore the house down -- with people banging on tables and crying with laughter. Personally, my face hurt (from laughing)," raves one reviewer. Since coming together as a group in 2005, Pow Wow Comedy Jam has unleashed a buzz in Indian Country as well as the mainstream comedy scene. Pow Wow Comedy Jam features Marc Yaffee (Aztec/Navajo), Jim Ruel (Bay Mills Ojibwe), Vaughn Eaglebear (Colville/Lakota), JR Redwater (Standing Rock Sioux) and occasional guest comedians from the nations.
Morgan Preston has been in the entertainment business for 20 years. Morgan began plying his trade in the hard knocks school of comedy clubs at the age of seventeen. Here he is at the Bluz to deliver weapons-grade cyncism! Morgan started in the hard knocks school of comedy clubs at the age of 17. His career as a professional stand-up comedian and juggler has given him the opportunity to open for many big-name acts like George Wallace, Rich Hall of Saturday Night Live, and Weird Al Yankovic. Preston has headlined comedy shows in Las Vegas, Seattle, and Los Angeles, and music festivals in New York. Morgan was also on the main stage for National Association for Campus Activities and TCI Cable's 21 city tour and performed for the charity event Comics For Kids and Nickelodeon's touring show.
Bernie Prussing mixes humor, comedy, and song in his stage appearances and presents himself as the Marty Feldman look-alike with a guitar. As with Marty, you can't tell which of Bernie's eyes is looking at you, unless he tells you. He is a regular troubadour and entertainer for The Three-Stones Group's discussion series and various corporate sponsored programs. He is based in Seattle and conducts stage acts throughout the State of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia on a full time basis. Bernie Prussing has been performing for over 20 years, bringing the spirit of the Emerald Isle, everywhere he plays.
Harry J. Riley
People had always told Harry he was funny, but he never thought much about comedy until one day he decided to go to an open mic in Spokane, Washington. After a couple months at the open mics he entered a comedy competition and made it to the semi-finals. He realizes that that moment he may be on to doing something that he really enjoyed. Crowds loved his energy and emotion with every word spoken on stage. They enjoyed the way he went from weird stories that happened to him to his observations and comments on today’s hottest issues. He is a runner up of The Spokane’s search for the second funniest comic. He has appeared in commercials and movies and writes and directs his own Internet show called Riley’s Rants. He has become one of the regions hottest young comics in a short span. He travels the country doing shows at comedy clubs, bars, colleges and auditoriums. Local entertainment magazine 7 has called him, “Charming, likable, animated and extremely funny.” The Bonners Ferry Herald said, “His way of getting an audience to laugh is uncanny.” And after you have seen him perform you may say the same thing as well
Leif Skyving adds soy sauce to his Swedish meatballs, but don't let that fool you; he's proud of his heritage and the Swedish contribution to American culture beyond furniture, saunas, and massage. Leif uses his sharp wit and talent for characters to comment on current topics and vent about whatever happens to be bothering him. He has an "alter ego," Curt Sudden-- a no-nonsense kind of a guy who may appear at any time. Curt plays a mean blues harmonica, just like Leif. Leif was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, at the tender age of eleven. He speaks of that traumatic culture shock in his act. He also speaks of the tremendous shock of getting married, having two children, and becoming middle-aged, all at the same time: "I was 40 when I got married. I used to complain, "God, all I do is sit around and watch TV by myself." Now, I’m married with two kids and, God, I wish I could just sit around and watch TV by myself."
At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a carreer in stand up comedy. After a several years of toil and struggle, in 2008, Auggie was invited to perform at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, where he was voted Club Comic of the Year by club owners. Auggie is the star of his own CD and DVD titled Cult Following. His comedy rants are on heavy rotation on both XM and Sirius satellite radio, and can be seen on several popular youtube videos, but none of these compare with seeing his live performance.When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience.
You've heard him on television and radio. Nick's even better in 3-D.
Vince Valenzuela's fast paced, witty, and delightfully edgy style has been heard on radios and seen on televisions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now, you can see him for yourself! Watch him take on being a latino sensation, ethnic stereotypes, heavy drinking, antidepressants, chain smoking, the Suicide Traffic Report, George W. vs. Hitler, holidays, Pepe Le Pugh, Osama Bin Laden, Foghorn Leghorn, the religion of NASCAR and, of course, relationships and sex! PLUS 3 Get ready to dial 911 because his hilarious social commentary will have you in stitches! Come see the world through his eyes where everything is Vin shui!
Joe Vespaziani's smart, conversational style has made Joe a big time favorite among comedy fans and comedians alike. Winner of the 1998 Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition. He began his comedy career in 1987 and has been a busy and consistent performer ever since. His most recent achievements include the release of his CD: Ribbed 4 your pleasure, winning the 1998 Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition, appearing on the television show Almost Live, and opening for “Weird Al” Yankovic on his Touring With Scissors tour. Joe also hosted a TV pilot for Gaslight Alley productions called Reel Places. Joe performs all over the United States and Canada with a smart, conversational style that makes him a favorite among comedy fans and peers.
Jay Wendell Walker
Jay Wendell Walker has been described by critical reviewers as a "Heavy Weight Champion of Comedy". Raised in a family of vaudeville performers, his career began at the age of 18. Show business took Jay Wendell as far south as Mexico, and as far north as Canada and Alaska where he began learning his comic craft. He is well known for his ability to relate to any age audience and adapt to any situation. Over the years, he has emceed at beauty pageants, performed for private clubs, entertained at county fairs, and headlined at numerous comedy clubs throughout the United States and Canada. That's just the tip of the iceberg. His voice has been heard by radio listeners and the "expressive mug" of the gregarious comedian is familiar to television buffs. Jay Wendell Walker's rapid-fire monologue, story-telling, and hilarious facial expressions have gained for him success in many comedy clubs throughout the nation. Jay Wendell has made the northwest his home, but he enjoys traveling throughout the country upto 50 weeks a year. Jay Wendell Walker is a past president of the Seattle Independent Comedy CO-OP. He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and a member of Platform Speaker Services International.
Mike Wally Walter
Mike Wally Walter is a stand up comedian whose been working the comedy highways since 1982. He's brought his high energy, politically incorrect humor to all over America and Canada. Fans have described him as a cross between Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters--a fact Mike cherishes as he is a big fan of both! He may not be famous yet but, he is definitely one of the most consistantly funny comedians to come out of the Pacific Northwest in the last 20 years. The truth be told when let loose on the stage he is just plain funny. Mike is a motivational speaker as a cancer survivor and someone dealing with Diabetes. He used humor to beat cancer and shares this information with the audience.
Bengt Washburn (pronounced "bent") is a self proclaimed unaccomplished Mormon. His act has been described as intelligent, whereas Bengt himself is usually described as ditzy, neurotic and logistically impaired. Bengt’s show is constructed out of his mistakes, all the details of the "carefully crafted series of unfortunate decisions" that are his life. A prolific comic, he has produced a DVD, "Mormon Meets World," and two CDs, "Get Bengt" and "Hell Bengt." Both CDs can be heard on XMRadio. Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has also been heard on "The Bob and Tom Show." His ever evolving act is sometimes topical, often autobiographical, at times poignant, mostly true and of course very, very, funny. A one-of-a-kind gem on the American comedy landscape.
Marc Yaffee is a gifted writer and performer blazing his way across the standup comedy scene. With an original but relatable comedy style, Marc's material has been a hit with corporate, casino and club audiences alike Marc careens across the comedy landscape leaving a trail of laughs that is both edgy and funny without being dirty. Born in East L.A., Marc was adopted at birth by a Mexican mother and a Jewish father. As a young adult, Marc was contacted by his birth mother who had given him up for adoption. Marc learned of his Mexican-Irish-Navajo heritage that would inspire much of his standup. Since his first time on stage in 1998, Marc has performed time in 25 states, the Middle East, the Pacific and Asia. Marc’s credits include clubs such as Catch A Rising Star, The Ice House, The Laugh Factory and The Improv. Marc has performed at the Boston and Las Vegas Comedy Festivals. He has also written for George Carlin’s Laugh.com and appeared on the TV shows “Loco Comedy Jam, Latino Laugh Festival and Que Locos. Catch Marc, while you can, his comedy star is on the rise.
About Uncle D's
Uncle D's Comedy Underground, Inc. is owned and operated by Don Parkins, AKA Uncle D, born and raised here in Hillyard, Spokane. Don has been a professional comedian for over 20 years. He is also one of the nation's most sought after stage hypnotists. Headlining America's very best clubs, casinos and hotels--Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, Moses Lake--he has had the honor of working them all. Don has toured nearly every state in the Union, not to mention every province of Canada. Last year, in one week, Don toured From Barrow, Alaska, Ixtapa, Mexico, Florida and made a quick stop In Cleveland, Ohio. Just name a city and Don can tell you all about it, where to eat, where to stay, or have a drink with the friends he has made all over the world. Uncle D's Comedy Underground, Inc. is a booking agency with a stable of over 300 comedians and variety acts. All are seasoned acts who take pride in the work they do.