A couple years ago I was at the Spokane Comedy Club for The Dope Show, the monthly showcase when comedians do a set, go get stoned, then come back and (try to) do a second set. Gabriel Rutledge had done a weekend of headlining shows, and decided to stick around to join the fun that Sunday night. Like most of the featured comedians, his first set was infinitely better, and his skills as a standup have stuck in my mind ever since. The Olympia-based comic mines his family life for genuinely hilarious material, and he’s won both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, in addition to appearing on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and various other comedy outlets.
Thu-Fri, Dec. 19-20 at 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec. 21 at 7:30 and 10 pm • $8-$16 • 21+ • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague • spokanecomedyclub.com • 318-9998
— Dan Nailen