Wednesday, Aug. 21

Uh, There Are 17 Separate Comedy Shows Scheduled in Humboldt Over the Next Three Days

Whoa, whoa, whoa. If we’re reading the LoCO Lowdown correctly, over the next three days — Thursday, Friday, Saturday — over 50 comedians will perform in the Arcata area at 17 separate comedy shows. Is that right? How can that be logistically possible?

It’s no joke. The crew at Savage Henry Independent Times love the art of standup comedy and as a labor of said love they’ve planned their second annual S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival. Here’s how it works: For $20 comedy fans will be given a wristband that will allow them to float between three consecutive nights of people propelling funny at your face in local venues (roll call!) Jambalaya, Humboldt Brews, Arcata Theatre Lounge, Robert Goodman Winery, Six Rivers Brewery, Blondie’s and Mazzotti’s. It’s a full on yukvasion.

Now, yes, we must mention that in the last week the festival lost a little bit of its luster after headliner Eric Andre (of Adult Swim fame) canceled in favor of a bigger gig elsewhere (hint: George Zimmerman lives there). That’s a bummer. But! There’ll still funny to spare at this thing. If you’re thinking “I don’t know who any of these people are and TV and couches exist,” let us help you. The Lowdown has included preview clips of each event’s headliner for those who don’t mind clicking around — Johnny Pemberton, Johnny Taylor, Emmett Montgomery, Keith Lowell Jensen and Alison Stevenson, to name a few. Also be sure to check out returning Humboldt native headliners Josh Argyle and Cornell Reid.

As an added Lowdown bonus, listen to festival organizer Chris Durant and Argyle jaw with KHUM’s Mike Dronkers about the event, as well as Durant’s tired beef for not receiving millions of dollars in royalty dough after having his elbow featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth. Get over it, you baby!  

(AUDIO) Chris Durant and Josh Argyle

See ya out there. For those of you that are looking for Wednesday events, scroll your Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff

Top Events!
(Look ahead!)

Humboldt County Fair
Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.
This year is the 117th annual event. Features live and satellite horse racing, mule racing, carnival rides and games, death defying stunts, live entertainment, competitive exhibits, livestock events, great fair-time foods and special programs.
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Pints for For Nonprofits
Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 1-9 p.m. / Free
Celebrate wild and working lands with the Northcoast Regional Land Trust. $1 of each pint sold between 1-9 p.m. will support NRLT in its community conservation work. Food by Blackberry Bramble. Live music by La Patinas at 6 p.m.
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Wasp Woman (1959)
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5
Science Fiction Pint and Pizza Night. Involves the efforts of a questionable scientist working for cosmetics magnate Susan Cabot, who is developing a new rejuvenating beauty cream derived from an enzyme secreted by wasps, intended to make women look eternally youthful. Directed by Roger Corman.
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Full Moon Rising/Sun Setting Cocktail Cruise
Madaket / 7:45 p.m. / $25
Get out on Humboldt Bay and watch the full moon rising and the sun setting within minutes of each other. Cocktails are additional.
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All Events!
(Submit yours!)

Free Produce Market
Fortuna Community Services District / 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Free
Sponsored by Food for People.
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Jelly at the Link!
The Link / noon-5 p.m. / $5 / 18+
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Pints for Nonprofits
Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 3 p.m.-midnight
Fundraiser for SCRAP Humboldt.
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Ableton Workshop
MARZ Project / 3-4 p.m. / Free
Bring your questions and your laptop.
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Humboldt Hard Court Bike Polo
Highland Park / 6-9 p.m. / Free
Like horse polo minus the stable fees.
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Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting
Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.
Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.

Open Mic
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30 p.m.
Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.
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No Covers
SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.
Jazz improvisational duo.
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Whomp Whomp Wednesday
Nocturnum / 9 p.m.
HumCo craves beats.

Movie Showtimes

Minor Theatre
  • ELYSIUM: 3:35, 6:10, 8:45
  • JOBS: 3:25, 6:15, 9:05
  • WE RE THE MILLERS: 3:55, 6:35, 9:15

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