Category Archives: Comedy

Kelly Huddleston’s got a new career recipe

Kelly Huddleston‘s got something new cooking in Texas.

The former Silverdale resident, who went to college in southern California and stayed there to fashion careers as an actress and stand-up comedian, has moved her base of operations to the Design District of Dallas, where she’s opened a unique culinary school, “The Cookery.” She’s the owner and head chef instructor.

Huddleston, a Central Kitsap High School graduate, teaches her students an out-of-the-box approach to cooking. In her classes, students don’t learn to prepare a meal from a set recip229545_663905591069_2452024_ne. Instead, she’s interested in what a recent feature article at called “a less linear, more organic approach to teaching and learning.”

“You come in, and there’s no recipe booklet,” Huddleston is quoted in the article. “I’m your guide.”

Huddleston studied acting at Chapman University in Los Angeles and built a strong resume of TV, theater, movie, Web series and commercial work. She was a YouTube sensation for a time as the sleewear-bedecked online college student / spokesperson for Education Connection. She then branched out into stand-up comedy, performing a number of gigs in some of the top clubs in southern California.

Just for variety, Huddleston also worked as a class V river guide on the Kern river (near Los Angeles) for Kern River Outfitters. is the cyber entity of the Dallas Morning News, which published a print version of the article.

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— MM

Garrison Keillor sets an Admiral Theatre date

Tickets are on sale at the Admiral Theatre for an April 15 appearance by writer-humorist-storyteller Garrison Keillor, he of “A Prairie Home Companion” fame.
Tickets for the show, an add-on to the theater’s 2016-17 subscription series, went on sale the morning of Nov. 16. Prices range from a top end of $95, which includes a main-floor reserved seat and a catered dinner, to $40.
The show will start at 7 p.m., with dinner served beginning at 5:30 p.m.
One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time,  Keillor recently retired as host of the popular live radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” attracting more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week.

1118_ksfe_keillorKeillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, “The Writers Almanac,” and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, including “Good Poems: American Places.” A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including “Lake Wobegon Days,” “The Book of Guys,” “Pilgrims,” “Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny,” and “Homegrown Democrat.”

In 2006, Keillor played himself — alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline — in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion,” directed by Robert Altman.

In addition to Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, Keillor has also been honored with the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Information: 360-373-6743,

— MM

Sound Theatre’s ‘Guvnors’ is music-hall madness

So, what to make of a show that includes a fight scene involving — among other things — Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin and a vicious stuffed puppy dog?

That’s just a sample of the goofiness that pervades Richard Bean‘s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which opened last weekend at the Seattle Center Armory under the auspices of Sound Theatre Company and the direction of Ken Michels. Physical comedy, Anglo-snark, double entendre and sexual innuendo all abound, sometimes seeming to compete for laughs in what comes off as an old-school British music-hall romp on Judd Apatow steroids.

It’s one of those shows that doesn’t even pretend to be plausible. Bean’s account of Brighton buffoonery — an adaptation of “The Servant of Two Masters,” Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century Commedia dell-arte comedy re-set in England in 1963, just as the Beatles are poised to get fab — simply lays down a gauntlet and invites audiences to try — just try — to keep up in what is essentially a skit-sized plot fleshed out to a generous two acts with funny business.

If it doesn’t make sense, you’ll be too busy laughing for it to matter.

What plot there is centers ar0819_KSFE_Guvnors1ound Francis (a brilliantly locomotive David Roby (pictured at left), a comic force of nature who’ll burn through a double order of fish ‘n chips nightly), who’s cast his lot with not one, b0819_KSFE_Guvnors2ut two bosses — “Guvnors” — and attempts to keep his respective responsibilities sorted out while also trying (initially) to fill his belly and (secondarily) fulfill his libido.

One guvnor is Charlie “the Duck” (John Clark, so wonderful in Key City Public Theatre’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep” last year); the other is loutish Stanley (Luke Sayler). Both are entangled, in unrelated ways, with a shady character named Roscoe Crabbe, who might or might not be dead, and might or might not be homosexual, but is certainly betrothed to  Charlie’s daughter Pauline (Christine Riippi), who’d much rather marry Alan (Daniel Stoltenberg), an aspiring bad actor and the son of Charlie’s solicitor, Harry Dangle (Sierra Kagen).

Things thick enough for you? We’ve only just begun to convolute, people. Add in the show’s many musical numbers (with most of the cast contributing vocals and/or instruments to the basics supplied by guitarist John Brenner and pianist Elijah Pasco), frequent Beatles references, and Francis’ gleeful penchant for not just breaking the Fourth Wall but disregarding it completely (including the recruitment and subsequent mistreatment of audience members), and there’s more going on than will fit on any traditional scorecard.

Michels — familiar to Kitsap audiences from his frequent duties at Bainbridge Performing Arts — keeps his mostly tremendous cast whipped into a frenzy throughout, finding and utilitizing every opportunity for Roby et al to grind out every possible laugh. Not everyone supplies all the substance they might, and I had trouble deciphering some of the accents, but all hands dive into the slapstick style of the thing with wild abandon.

A couple of standouts (besides Roby): Kayla Teel (pictured above) makes for the most unlikely of tough guys as Roscoe, but still manages to imbue him with enough slimy, swaggering weirdness that the character comes off both edgy and funny at the same time. And Stoltenberg wraps himself around his every over-emoted, over-elocuted and over-amped line (“My honor has been fiddled with!”) to the point where you’re simply left with no choice but to laugh.

Burton Yuen‘s multi-layered, 3-D set is extensive and evocative, but sometimes leaves out of the action the audience members seated off to the sides. Set changes and lengthy and detailed, but covered quite nicely by the aforementioned musical selections.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is eager to please, anything — and I mean anything — for a laugh, old-school English mega-farce. It’s not to be taken in any way seriously, and certainly not to be watched with a straight face.

You couldn’t, anyway, even if you tried.

NOTE: The 2 p.m. Aug. 20 performance is designed exclusively for families and groups whose members include people on the autism spectrum.



Who: Sound Theatre Company

What: Comedy by Richard Bean, based on “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni

Where: Seattle Center Armory, downstairs

When: Through Aug. 27; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays. NOTE: The 2 p.m. Aug. 20 performance is autism-friendly

Tickets: $25-$15

Information: 206-856-5520, Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006,


— MM

Laughs aplenty in Kitsap in late March

Not one, but two comedy benefit shows will bring excellent stand-up talent to Kitsap the weekend of March 23 and 24.

Venerable Seattle comic Brad Upton (left), one of the most consistently funny guys based around Puget Sound, will headline a Bremerton Symphony Association benefit at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill, 1240 Hollis St. in Bremerton. Tickets for “Laugh Out Loud to Support Our Symphony” are $15 and are available through the BSA, 360-373-1722,, or at the door.

The next night, March 24, McCormick Woods Country Club in Port Orchard hosts a benefit for Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Marines hosted by Bremerton’s own the Great Cris and featuring national leadliners Dwight Slade, David Crowe and Kermet Apio. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show, and tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($15 advance, $20 at the door for military). Information: 360-551-1129, 800-838-3006,