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Damon Wayans and Lachlan Patterson | Standup Roundup, Nov. 5-7

Damon Wayans and Lachlan Patterson perform on the Eastside this weekend. - Ed Schipul and NBC
Damon Wayans and Lachlan Patterson perform on the Eastside this weekend.
— image credit: Ed Schipul and NBC

It's Thursday again, which means it's the beginning of another three days of headlining standup performances at the Eastside's comedy clubs. This week we've got Damon Wayans at Parlor Live in Bellevue and Lachlan Patterson at Kirkland's Laughs Comedy Spot.

Damon Wayans

The Wayans brothers have been a comedy dynasty for more than 30 years, but 53-year-old Damon Wayans has always been the sensitive one in the family — the comic who could cut through the fart jokes and pratfalls to deliver heartfelt sentiment.

While his early standup and acting work in the '80s leaned perhaps too heavily on flamboyant homosexual stereotypes (he was fired from SNL for performing the character off-script) and he broke into the spotlight playing silly characters on In Living Color, his subsequent film and television opened up.

Otherwise goofy movies like Major Payne and Blankman hid strong sentimental themes. Damon's leading role on sitcom My Wife & Kids drew from his personal life and he's occasionally taken a serious turn in films like Spike Lee's Bamboozled. He even published a serious novel in 2011 — Red Hats, about a suicidally depressed woman who finds meaning when she joins the Red Hat Society.

Wayans began his career in standup but only returned to the format in the '00s. Here's a bit from a 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show:

Tickets and times for Wayans' performaces at Parlor can be found here.

Lachlan Patterson

Hailing from the Great White North (or, at least, Vancouver, British Columbia), Lachlan Patterson began his journey into the world of standup at an amateur night revue, at the age of 19, just to prove to himself he could. After a few years working odd jobs, he began taking comedy seriously enough to begin touring Canada.

Patterson migrated to the U.S. in the ‘00s, appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He wowed judges as runner up on the 2014 season of Last Comic Standing and now he’s in talks to develop his own television series.

Tickets and times for Patterson's performance can be found here.


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