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Depot Comedy Club

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What: Depot Comedy Club

When: 7 pm Sun., Mar. 3

Where: Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St.

Cost: $10

Info: http://www.facebook.com/events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A student graduates from Western Washington University, leaves for Seattle to pursue big-city dreams, then eventually returns to Bellingham to fulfill their destiny.

Travis Nelson is the person of interest in this familiar paradigm, but he’s inverting the status quo by returning to the City of Subdued Excitement only once a month, where he’ll be overseeing a new event at Aslan Depot—the Depot Comedy Club.

Kicking off on Sun., March 3, the comedic collaboration at the barrel room has been brewing since last fall, when Nelson contacted Aslan’s owners to see if they’d be interested in having him bring professional-level standup comedians to town on a regular basis. They were, and now he is.

“I work with a lot of comedians that are amazing but haven’t yet made the leap to fame, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to bring a lot of them up to Bellingham to showcase,” Nelson says.

The full-time comedian will be part of the inaugural lineup, which will also include sets from Los Angeles-based Portland native Caitlin Weierhauser, Seattle favorite Erin Ingle, and Chase Mayers, also known as the “Louisiana Slow Burn.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to create a unique show that I’m hoping will bring people together and connect them with comedians and acts that they otherwise may have never seen or heard of,” Nelson says. “I know Bellingham is a wonderfully supportive place, and I hope we can build the show that I wished was there when I was in school.”

Although he graduated in 2013, Nelson’s local legacy goes back a couple of years earlier, when he co-founded WWU’s Stand-Up Comedy Klub (SUCK), which eight years later is still going strong. In Seattle, he now runs a show at Lowercase Brewing—which is where he first realized that a local brewery can sometimes be more laid back and intimate than a comedy club. (That said, he still recommends Comedy Underground, Laughs Comedy Spot, Club Comedy, and Jai Thai as places in Seattle to see regional and visiting acts on the regular.)

Nelson says it was easy to convince his fellow comedians to head to Bellingham for the Depot Comedy Club debut, since doing a fun show at a beautiful venue in the town where he used to live wasn’t a tough sell.

That’s said, he likely won’t be moving back here anytime soon—no matter how much he might want to.

“If I wasn’t doing standup, I would probably still live in Bellingham,” Nelson says. “I miss it more every time I visit, but progressing professionally as a comedian requires a lot of networking and quality stage time that you really only find in a bigger city.”

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