Art/Culture/Comedy – Anime & Chelsea in Seattle

chelsea1The “UGANDA be kidding me” tour.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a girly overnight adventure.  On Friday three of us drove chealsea2from Vancouver to Seattle to see comedian Chelsea Handler perform live at her sold-out show at the Paramount Theatre.  My sister surprised me on my birthday with tickets (she purchased them online while vacationing in Hawaii) to see her.  Chelsea couldn’t have chosen a busier weekend (being Good Friday) but luckily for us, it was relatively smooth sailing driving. Our first stop was to take in the Spring rainbow burst of colours at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – a truly amazing row-upon-row sight to behold for flower lovers.

You know the best thing about these little adventures is not knowing exactly what’s going to happen. Were we aware that there was also an Anime convention going on at the same time?  A dead giveaway: all the people, young and old (but mostly young) dressed up in what appeared to be very unusual Halloween costumes.  chelsea3The word anime — pronounced “ah-knee-may” — is an abbreviation of the word animation WHICH ORIGINATED IN JAPAN & IS hugely POPULAR. It has a distinct look-and-feel to not just the artwork but the storytelling, the themes, and the concepts. It’s become an international phenomenon over the last 40 years, attracting millions of fans and being translated into many languages. A whole generation of viewers in the West have grown up with it and are now passing it on to their own children. Therefore, the reason for all the crazy characters we witnessed carousing the streets of Seattle. It’s unlike any of the cartoons we’re used to and the differences are many.  It was lots of fun to see.

Then there was Chelsea – our main reason for being in Seattle.  The show opened with comedian Ian Karmel who is also a writer for “Chelsea Lately” and a regular on her panel who performed about a 45 minute stand-up.  It was during this time that I broke out my flask of Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka hidden inside my purse.

Chelsea & Sis
Chelsea (right) & Sis

Then Chelsea came on stage to talk about her hilarious escapades including an African safari trip with her sister & some friends.  We purchased her book which they were selling in the lobby (in the moment) and at the end of the show she graciously signed the inside cover for us while we chatted about our mutual sister trip to Africa.  To our surprise the usually cynical comedian seemed interested to find out where we traveled in Africa and was very engaging. Yes, we had something in common.

The very next day just before heading back we went shopping. After all, what would a trip to Seattle be like without any shopping?

The tulip  festival in Lyndon, WA is a breathtaking sight to behold.
The tulip festival in Lyndon, WA is a breathtaking sight to behold.

Have you seen Chelsea lately?

 

 

 

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