Comedian Kermet Apio is based in Seattle, but he was born and raised in Hawaii. He assures City Pages, though, that he is indeed an American citizen. "I was born on the Kenyan side of Oahu," he laughs. It was after moving to Seattle, and graduating from college there, that he decided to start going to open mics. "I never thought I would do [standup comedy] as a job," he says. "I just liked being around it. I thought the comedians were twisted and weird, and I made a group of friends." He soon found out that he was good at it. "I started getting little paying gigs here and there, and at the time I thought that was amazing. Getting paid to do your hobby, that's crazy." Emceeing led to road work, but still Apio figured he'd just do it for a few years, and then become an adult. "It was my version of backpacking through Europe; just something to do to tell stories about when I got older. That was 20 years ago, and I never stopped doing it." Half of Apio's schedule is made up of corporate gigs. Audiences at these shows can be difficult, but it's work that he is happy to take on. "A guy that's sitting 10 feet from his boss; that's a challenge to make him laugh, where in a comedy club he could be anonymous and let loose a little bit." 18+.
March 13-17, 8 p.m.; March 16-17, 10:30 p.m., 2012