Fresh Grounds is a collective of the best artistic talent in Seattle. With a focus on bringing sketch comedy back to the forefront of Seattle entertainment, Fresh Grounds features the best in local music, film and performances unique to our culture & sensibility.
Ubiquitous They have performed at Bumbershoot, San Francisco Sketchfest, and Seattle SketchFest. Spike and Jason have performed at Emily's house! Do you know Emily? She has a waffle maker.
OUT OF TOWN
Cody Rivers Show
The much acclaimed comedy duo from Bellingham is making a triumphant return from their year-long hiatus following their successful 2010 international tour and is ready to take the Seattle sketch scene by storm once again. The Cody Rivers Show creates kinetic and unpredictable comedy theatre that has amazed audiences and defied description for the past five years. Pushing the envelopes of physical theatre, dance, music, and high-concept comedy, The Cody Rivers Show delivers unique shows unlike any other comedy act, past or present. Their completely new show will be premiering for the first time at SketchFest Seattle 2012.
Peter N' Chris
Peter n' Chris are physical, absurd, inventive, and hilarious. As well as being Seattle SketchFest alumni they have also performed at Chicago SketchFest, Toronto SketchFest, Vancouver Fringe, Victoria Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Second City Toronto and Montreal Fringe.
Super Kudzu consists of nine different people with unique sensibilities all pointed toward the same goal: smart dumb cerebral silly sketch comedy. They're a house sketch team at iO West, formed through the first generation of their house sketch team program. They have also performed several other venues around Los Angeles, most notably in the very first (and last) sketch comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival in early 2012.
Joe Does one man character monologues in the style of Bob Newhart that start off in a real place but aim to get weird. He has performed at UCB Theater (NY & LA), SXSW, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina). His one-man show Stages of Adulthood had a four month run at the UCB in Los Angeles and showcases Joe's superior character acting skills.
Missing Earl uses everyday objects, like trash can lids and cardboard for breakdancing to create a sonic landscape and visual cornucopia that's pure, "stomp"-ing fun. In real life, they perform sketch comedy about unstoppably horny dads, Tiger thieves and everyday Bruce Springsteens, using tools like raps and jokes. Fiercely unique, occasionally dark, and unabashedly stupid, Missing Earl will make you laugh, ponder your existence and empathize with America's lost police officers and office workers.
Stag Comedy is a high-energy sketch group, bringing together their love of dumb people, dumb problems, and smart comedy. The Huffington Post described Stag as "One of Austin's most accomplished groups, Stag blends witty, weird sketch and video, with an aesthetic that's half Tim and Eric, half The State, and always awesome."
Mike Coletta is a Seattle based comedian originally from Alaska. He connects with audiences through his energetic delivery, quick wit and somewhat tweaky demeanor. Stories of his family life, growing up in Alaska, and love of nerd culture drive his stand-up. Coletta was a finalist in the Make Jack Laugh Comedy Competition, Portland Comedy Contest, and recently performed at Emerald City Comicon.
His name is Sean; he likes jokes and telling them to people. Come be one of those people!
Jen Seaman was raised in a small military island town in the Northwest. Seaman is a quirky, Velma/Daphne looking geek (not dork) from Seattle. She is a stand-up comedian who has performed at Bumbershoot, Bridgetown, Seattle Weekly's ReverbFest & Artopia. She recently made her television debut on Comedy Central's Atom TV alongside Kyle Cease in their viral hit video, "BP Apology: Outtakes." She was also a judge favorite on Season 6 of America's Got Talent.
After 20+ years in the broadcast industry, Rick Taylor decided to take to the stand-up stage and hasn't been able to stop since. Rick performs, and is on the production/promotion teams at popular working comedy rooms like Punchline Fridays at Jai Thai. Rick has also had great success producing his own monthly comedy shows featuring Seattle's best local comedic talent including Candy Basket Comedy Showcase at The Capitol Club.
Local actor and comedian Ryan Schmidt is a member of Jet City Improv and local sketch comedy juggernaut Ubiquitous They. Right now you can catch him on the TV as the Seattle/Portland Correspondent for Ryan Seacrest Productions' new show AXS Live on Marc Cuban's AXS TV Network. Schmidt is a huge fan and supporter of local sketch comedy and is excited to be hosting Sketchfest Seattle 2012.
In the 4 years that Clayton Weller has lived in Seattle he has weaseled his way into the Seattle comedy scene with vigor. He's a member of Ubiquitous They Sketch Comedy, was in the successful late night Catholic Farce, Penguins, at Annex Theatre, created a monthly multi-media arts showcase called whizARTbang!, and for the last two years has been the artistic director at SketchFest. He was trained in arts marketing at ACT theatre, and for the past 8 months has been building a tech business, Freak'n Genius, with the mission of making it so anyone can animate. He loves Sketch Comedy more than he probably should.
Kate Jaeger is very active in the Seattle theatre community as an actor, director, emcee and educator. Kate splits her time between improv, musical theatre and scripted work as well as spending time both on stage and behind the scenes. She is a proud company member of Jet City Improv.