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Comedy comes to the Red Bike

Steffon Moody - Michelle Bates photo
Steffon Moody
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t Islander Steffon Moody to host monthly event.

Looking for some laughs? You’ll be able to find them on the Island every first Thursday of the month, according to Steffon Moody, when Islanders can gather at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi to “worship at the church of the irreverence.”

The next Comedy Night is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, where the Red Bike will feature three Seattle comedians — Danielle Radford, Paul Merrill and Jaqi Furback.

Their official bios capture something about who they are. Here’s what Moody had to say about them in a news release:

“Danielle Radford is a writer and cast member on the hit monthly variety show (and drinking game) ‘Get Loweded!’ Paul Merrill was born sometime in the early 1970s with a desperate, psychopathic need to entertain people. And Jaqi Furback says, ‘The important thing is to not judge people. Unless they’re idiots.’”

Moody, himself a very funny guy and the host of the monthly event, said it’ll be great to have an Island venue for comedy.

“The comedians are psyched to have another venue in the area to ply their trade, and they always comment on how great the audiences here are,” he said.

Sean Colver, of Tacoma’s Jazz Bones, which owns the Red Bike, books the comedy acts and says that the Island demands comics with a certain “tact.”

“I hire a lot of the comedians that are part of The People’s Republic of Komedy in Seattle. They seem to be working, because the Vashon audiences keep getting bigger,” said Colver.

Coming up is the Comedy Night Extravaganza, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, and will feature up to 25 acts that have only five minutes to get the audience laughing.

“I’m basically enlisting anyone I know who has the guts to try it,” said Moody. “And I’m opening it up to any form of comedy. It will be a hilarious free-for-all.”

Moody added that the Comedy Night material “can get blue, so parental guidance is suggested.”

And while the posters around town say there’s a cover charge, in fact there isn’t.

“The laughs are free,” Moody said.

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