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Auburn Big Holiday Show invades Ave Theater on Saturday

'Almost Live' alumni Brooks McBeth, John Keister and Pat Cashman will play the Auburn Avenue Theater on Dec. 28.
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Auburnites get a chance Dec. 28 to kiss those holiday blues goodbye with a night of laughter courtesy of the Auburn Big Holiday Comedy Show at the Auburn Avenue Theater.

"This year it is Pat Cashman, John Keister and myself," said Brooks McBeth, a Renton native and nationally renowned funny man. "It's three wiseass men coming together."

In addition to McBeth, Keister and Cashman – stars of the Northwest's own "Almost Live" and "The 206" comedy television shows – the night will feature stand-up comedienne Michelle Westford, and possibly a surprise or two.

"It will be some traditional stand-up from Jon and I, then Pat will be doing his exploration into the holiday season," McBeth said. "He'll look at things like letters to Santa and Christmas gifts. And there will be a few surprises along the way. Whenever we get together, there is no way of knowing what is going to happen."

The show marks the annual reunion of Cashman, McBeth and Keister, who got their start on Seattle's own "Almost Live" in the 1980s and '90s.

In the years s since the show ended, McBeth has hammered out a comedy career, opening for the likes of Jack Black, Frank Caliendo, Drew Carey and Joel McHale – also an "Almost Live" alumnus and the star of TV's "Community."

"We try and get together at least once a year," McBeth said. "Jon and I do a couple shows together throughout the year, and everyone is always yelling for us to put something together up here.

"We love the people in Auburn, and it's our favorite place to play," he said. "We just like making this a huge holiday event. We all love each other, and we're just excited to do a huge show."

Proceeds from the sale of drinks and concessions at the show go to the Auburn Kiwanis, and a donation will be made to the City of Auburn.

Music by the Fabulous Murphtones opens the show at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $20 each and available by calling 1-800-838-3006, or online at

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