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Seattle comedian/spoken word artist Emmet Montgomery rocked the Bainbridge Performing Arts stage recently. I got the chance to chat with Emmet -one of City Arts Magazine’s 2015 Artists of the Year – about his unique style. Read on and discover how he came to comedy by accident, the importance of being afraid and what exactly is a comedian’s job?
Emmett Montgomery is cuddly with an edge.
He’s like a teddy bear that way. A teddy bear with a switchblade.
The Seattle-based comedian/spoken word performer has had reactions to his material run the gamut from praise (he was named “Best Comedian” last year by Seattle Weekly) to concern (he once had a woman stay after a show just to see if he was going to be OK).
“Some people say it’s real dark,” Montgomery said. “Other people look at it and say it’s real hopeful.
“I think all that is true,” he laughed. “Some people assume I’m doing a character up there and other people like how personal I am.”
Reality may actually be somewhere in between.
Montgomery, one of City Arts Magazine’s 2015 Artists of the Year, was part of the top 100 in NBC’s Last Comic Standing last year, and has performed at festivals across the country including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Sasquatch Music Festival and the Women In Comedy Festival. He will take the stage at Bainbridge Performing Arts for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, with special guest John Osebold.
The show is not his first on Bainbridge, though it is his BPA debut.
“I think it will be really fun,” Montgomery said. “I have really enjoyed everything I’ve done on Bainbridge before. As a kid from the desert, there’s a real fascination with Washington’s islands. It’s just so different. I’m looking forward to it.”
The acclaim-collecting funnyman began his career on a whim about 11 years ago, when he agreed to show up and support a friend who was performing at a Seattle open mic night. Though his buddy never showed up that night, Montgomery was intrigued. And then he was hooked.
“A lot of it was real bad,” he laughed. “But everybody was failing in so many different ways and I thought, ‘I could fail at this too.’”