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Artist Spotlight: Comedy at the Bagley

While Bumbershoot’s 2013 comedy lineup features a whole host of fantastic performances by regional comedians, Comedy at the Bagley includes a wide range of screenings, performances, improv, and the return of a few Bumbershoot comedy veterans.

Often used as a springboard for emerging comedians, podcasts have evolved into a necessary and popular aspect of the comedic world. The New York Times attributes this to the fact that podcasts give performers more freedom and allow them access to an international audience. Many are able to segue podcast success into television shows or development deals. Bumbershoot is proud to feature some of the best of the best in comedy podcasts, many of which are performing live variations during the Festival.

How Was Your Week? is comedy writer, performer, and author Julie Klausner’s weekly comedy and interview podcast. Each episode begins with a monologue from Klausner, in which she discusses the latest in pop culture, her various Twitter interactions, and, of course, how her week has been. Guests have included Fred Armisen, David Sedaris, and Parks & Recreation writer Megan Amram. Interviews are never typical, and Klausner usually asks guests about specific films, celebrity gossip, or stories from their career. Her Bumbershoot appearance will include a live recording featuring musical guest Ted Leo.

WTF? Live with Marc Maron features a live performance of comedian Marc Maron’s popular WTF Podcast. Maron is a veteran of the comedy podcast world, who has also claimed some fame as a stand-up performer—including holding the title of most stand-up appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Maron, the fictionalized TV version of Marc Maron’s life, recently premiered on IFC. The network recently compiled a list of the best moments of the WTF Podcast, which airs semi-weekly from his own garage. Be sure to also check out the 400th episode, in which Maron sits down with his dream guest Iggy Pop.

Doug Loves Movies returns to Bumbershoot for another edition of comedian Doug Benson’s popular podcast. The show tapes weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, where Benson and guests discuss movies and comedy. The podcast goes beyond their reviews, however, to include audience participation in the now legendary “Leonard Maltin Game,” in which Benson lists movie casts from the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide in reverse order and invites both guests and audience members to guess the movie.

Comedy Bang! Bang!, evolving from a popular podcast created by writer/comedian Scott Aukerman, has had two successful seasons on IFC in its television version. Part of the increasingly popular “Anti-Talk Show” genre, host Aukerman is accompanied by musical talent Reggie Watts as he interviews guests in a deadpan manner. Celebrities appear both as themselves or occasionally as characters, like Paul F. Tompkins’ impersonation of TLC’s Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro.

Be sure to catch the screening of a brand new episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! followed by a Q & A at Bumbershoot, with a second chance to see Reggie Watts at Comedy at the Playhouse, on Monday, September 2.

Don’t miss these podcasts, as well as the other comedic performances at The Bagley, as part of our Bumbershoot 2013 Comedy Lineup.