Comedian Dwight Slade featuring Eric Alexander Moore & Ray McMillin
F/stop Fitzgerald's presents a night of comedy with Northwest standup comedy legend Dwight Slade (The Tonight Show, Just For Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) featuring Eric Alexander Moore (Helium Comedy Club, Level B Theater, Improlympia Comedy Festival) and hosted by Ray McMillin (Punchline San Francisco, Helium Comedy Club, Harveys Comedy Club).
** 2 SHOWS **
7:00 P.M. / 9:00 P.M.
Please, no audio or video recording
Part man, part ageless boy; comedian Dwight Slade has the privilege of being a comedy legend in American stand up. The winner of this years Boston Comedy Festival, Slade combines an intelligent, raging voice of justice with the snickering attitude of a high school prankster. He gives the impression of a man on a journey. Who enjoys nothing more than making fun of everything along the way. Born in Seattle, Dwight moved often in his early years, living in San Mateo, California; Wilton, Connecticut; Marietta, Georgia and Houston, Texas.
It was while in middle school in Houston that Dwight became friends with Bill Hicks, an intense young man with a secret dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The two quickly developed a partnership that has lasted a lifetime. The two became enamored by comedians on The Tonight Show and began writing jokes to try out on friends. At age 14 they were sneaking of their parents suburban homes and riding their bikes to auditions and open mikes.
Throughout his high school and college years, Dwight continued to focus on stand-up. At 18, Slade finished 3rd in the Euphoria Comedy Contest, and full of ambition, moved to Hollywood. He became one of the youngest performers to ever perform at the famous Comedy Store.In the 1980s, the comedy boom was underway and Dwight found he could garner more precious stage time in Portland, Oregon than in Los Angeles. Why should I live in Los Angeles when I can be just as miserable and unknown in Portland? Slade soon established himself as the premier stand-up in the Northwest opening concerts for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Beck and Dave Chappelle.Now married with children, the young family faced an interesting dilemma: how do you travel on the road as a working comedian and stay together as a family? The solution took the form of a 36 foot fifth wheel travel trailer that the young family toured and lived in for four years while Dwight headlined comedy clubs across the US and Canada. My second child was born in the RV, says Slade, We were pulled over at the time. Slade decided to hang up the nomadic lifestyle and settle down in Portland. It proved to be a good decision.
While grounded in Portland, Slade was able to explore more personal aspects to his stand up comedy. Putting together the critically praised, one man political primer, "Do People Really Think Like That?" Dwight was not only funny, but also thought provoking. The San Antonio Express wrote, Slade restores ones faith in comedy as the great equalizer. At his cerebral best he becomes the voice of the little man looking for a little justice and just maybe a little pay back for lifes daily mundane humiliations.
The 90s found Dwight moving into new arenas of creativity. Radio station KXL-AM billed him as The Northwests Most Dangerous Mind as he became a noted talk radio personality who used humor instead of rage to engage listeners. He released two comedy CDs on Humor Ink recordings, "Weird State,"and Shut-up.
Slades feature film debut came in 2000 in the movie Inconceivable, which enjoyed a run on Showtime and Lifetime. Slade also co-starred in the gritty family drama, My Way Home which won the Platinum Award at the 2001 Houston International Film Festival. Since then, Slade has made appearances in three feature films including the soon to be released James Westby film, Rid Of Me.
In 2002, Slade became the first stand-up to make appearances at the three major North American Comedy Festivals: Aspen, Chicago and Montreal. On the heels of his performances, Slade signed a development deal with Warner Brothers Television. Slade was chosen to appear on HBOs Best of the US Comedy Arts Festival and made an appearance on Comedy Centrals Premium Blend.
Slades stand-up has gained international stature after earning a five star review from Scotlands Minister of Culture at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He followed this with a tour in Afghanistan performing for US Troops, a tour of Israel. After a stellar performance at the 2008 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Slade was chosen to appear on a Tonight Show feature.
Slades Hi-Def Comedy Special, Right & Raunch is now available on DVD.
Dwight is a single father with two children.
And, yes, he is an Aries...
ERIC ALEXANDER MOORE
Blending his unique perspective, with his skewed, outside-the-box writing and his wry yet playful delivery, Salem, Oregon-based comedian Eric Alexander Moore has become a standup comedy mainstay on the west coast, making appearances at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA (Live with John Campanelli), Helium Comedy Club in Portland, OR (Permanent Comedy, 2015, Seattle International Comedy Competition Regional Talent Showcase, 2015), Improlympia Comedy Festival in Olympia, WA (2014 & 2015), Savage Henry Comedy Festival in Humboldt County, CA (2015) and Level B Theater in Salem, OR (producer, feature). He has performed alongside and produced shows for national headliners including Neil Hamburger, Henry Phillips, Dave Anderson and many more.
Straight outta Salem, Oregon native Ray McMillin spent seven years in graduate school before establishing himself as a capable, upstanding member of the adult entertainment industry. After walking away from piles of free money and gorgeous women to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, Ray has entertained audiences at festivals (Redwood Comedy Fest, Savage Henry Comedy Festival), featured at comedy clubs (Harvey's PDX, Helium PDX, Punchline SF) and theaters (Level B, Northern Lights, Arcata Theater Lounge), won competitions (23rd Almost-Annual Arcata Pun-Off, 2014 Quarterdeck Comedy Contest), performed at chain restaurants (Denny's), video game stores (GameStop) and written for feature publications (The Hard Times, Exotic Magazine). Taking a rant-agonistic approach to otherwise mundane topics that don't seem to bother normal people, Ray McMillin brings his semi-unique brand of comedy to suspecting crowds of all backgrounds.
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|Minimum Age: 21|
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