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Laugh It Up at this Monthly Alternative Comedy Showcase

Nancy Guppy goofs off with the co-hosts of the Laugh Riot comedy showcase

By Nancy Guppy August 24, 2015


This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine.

If you need a break from Seattle’s unfailing earnestness, let your irreverent side fly free at Laugh Riot, the monthly alternative comedy showcase that takes place at Capitol Hill’s Chop Suey (9/2. 9 p.m. $5. 1325 E Madison St.; Facebook, “Laugh Riot”). You’ll be in good hump-day hands the first Wednesday of every month, thanks to cohosts and funnymen-about-town Derek Sheen and Ryan Casey.

LOCATION: Green Bean Coffeehouse in Greenwood
DRINKS: Sheen: double-shot dirty chai. Casey: iced Americano with half ’n’ half

Nancy Guppy: Laugh Riot is…    
Derek Sheen: A 90-minute showcase where we bring comics in from all over.
Ryan Casey: Really good comics that you wouldn’t normally see at comedy clubs.  
It’s a show for underdogs. Really funny underdogs.  

NG: Are there any women in the lineups?              
DS: Yes. We try to feature at least one or two women in every show so it’s not just a bunch of bearded white dudes.    
RC: Like us.  

NG: How do you make cohosting work?             
DS: We are very good at listening to each other and allowing each other to have a moment to build on something.     
RC: It’s a genuine friendship. We like each other and I think people can tell.

NG: What did you want to be when you were little?            
DS: A comedian. For third-grade show-and-tell I did one entire side of a George Carlin album from memory.      
RC: I wanted to be a filmmaker, but going to film school scared me, and also filmmaking is a lot of work. Being a comedian is just saying words into a microphone.

NG: What makes you laugh?             
DS: Tragedy, like the kid who just got eaten by an alligator. The sign said, “No swimming alligators,” but it didn’t have a comma in it, so…     

NG: Are there topics that are off limits, comedy-wise?              
DS: You can joke about anything as long as you have a sense of empathy and you understand where the joke is.
RC: Punch up. Don’t punch down.

NG: Anything you can’t live without?
DS: Validation.
RC: Moisturizer.

Nancy Guppy showcases Seattle artists on her TV series, Art Zone (


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