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Comedy at the Ave offers Fathers Day Comedy Spectacular on Saturday; special ticket deal

Brad Upton, left, and Kermet Apio will take to the stage in the Fathers Day Comedy Spectacular at the Ave on June 18. - Courtesy photos
Brad Upton, left, and Kermet Apio will take to the stage in the Fathers Day Comedy Spectacular at the Ave on June 18.
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Two funny dads, Brad Upton and Kermet Apio, headline Comedy at the Ave Fathers Day Comedy Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are on sale now. Buy one ticket and get one half-price.

Upton is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared recently at Caesar's Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. The Seattle-based comic has performed 5,000 shows in 26 years of work. His ease and likability on stage have made him popular with corporate clients and the cruise ship industry where he is a headline performer for several of the major lines.

Upton has headlined comedy clubs from Anchorage to Miami. He has made numerous television appearances and was heard around the nation for several years as a regular guest on National Public Radio's "REWIND" program.

Apio was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where he enjoyed a childhood in paradise. After graduating, Apio moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington making the area his new home.

In 1989, Apio did his first open mike night at Seattle's Comedy Underground, discovering that comedy was indeed a fun hobby. In May of 1990, he quit his job, said goodbye to health care, and took the leap to performing full time.

Apio was the winner of the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival and has had numerous appearances on television and radio. He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas, and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and three Canadian provinces. He is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semifinalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition.

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Showtime

• What: Auburn Avenue Theater presents Comedy at the Ave

• When: Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

• Tickets: $17 regular, $15 students, seniors. Buy one ticket and get one half-price. Call 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

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