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Laughter is the best medicine

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Laughter won’t keep the flu at bay, but don’t wait until guffawing is approved by the Surgeon General to take advantage of its other healing properties. This week, a plethora of local and regional standup comedians/wellness practitioners will appear on stages throughout Bellingham to administer loaded doses of hilarity, and no prescription is needed to partake.

It’s been a little more than a year since Farmstrong Brewing began hosting monthly Way North Comedy Shows at the Mount Vernon mainstay, and the series has proven to be so popular it’s made its way to Bellingham for occasional gigs at Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town, 210 E. Chestnut St. Starting at 7:30pm Wed., Feb. 28, heavy hitters Ryan Cuddihy and Monisa Brown will share their standup talents, as will featured performer Ed Hill, an award-winning comic hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Stick around for the second half of the show, which will see more than 10 local comics sharing time onstage during a fast-paced open mic. Entry is by donation, and delicious food and drinks can also be had. More info: http://www.facebook.com/waynorthcomedy

The following night (Thurs., March 1) it will be possible double your dosage of comedy. First, show up at 7pm for a free Open Mic Night with SUCK (Standup Comedy Klub) at 7pm at Western Washington University’s Underground Coffeehouse in the Viking Union. Hosted by Rain King—also known as the “Queen of Cool”—and featuring Andrea Entz, the evening’s entertainment will also include a laugh-inducing lineup of “spitfire” comics taking their turn at the mic. More info: http://www.as.wwu.edu/asp

The WWU show will end around 9pm, so there will be plenty of time to make it to Upfront Standup at 10pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Hosted by Nathan Romano, the monthly show will feature both Upfront performers and members of the citizenry—including Peter Gunn, Megan Galley, Le Coxx, Matt Benoit, Francesca Leaf, Timmy Riney, and many more. Entry is a paltry $5, so there’s no excuse not to fit it into your schedule. Return to the Upfront at 8pm Sun., March 3 for the monthly “Gateway Show,” which will feature five comics who will do a sober set, get extremely high at an undisclosed location and then return for a second (stoned) set. More info: http://www.theupfront.com

By the time Wed., March 7 rolls around, you’ll have gone a few days without mirthful medicine, so make plans to attend the inaugural “Menace on the Mic” Standup Comedy Night night starting at 9pm at Menace Brewing, 2529 Meridian St. The 21-and-older event will feature a few of the aforementioned comedians and others, including Charlie Myers, Matt Benoit, Timmy Riney, James Miller, and Ryan Cuddihy.  If you need a beer or three to help with your healing, drink up. More info: http://www.menace-industries.com

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