Geeky Comedy Seattle

Seattle is a hub for science, tech, gaming, and other geekiness. Geeky Comedy Seattle is a space for geeky comedy, storytelling, music, and spoken word – supporting both new and experienced performers in their endeavors to work on nerdy content.

I organize writer’s hours, monthly open mics, workshops, and variety shows (or at least hope to in the near future!). To find out more about future shows and workshops, whether you are interested in taking part or sitting in the audience, you can sign up for the newsletter using this link or contact me with any questions at

Upcoming shows, open mics, and workshops

IN PERSON Geeky Open Mic – Every 1st Saturday

Comedians, storytellers, singers, and poets: come and see the indisputable proof that Nerdy is the New Cool!

Join us at Distant Worlds Coffee House every first Saturday of the month at 7 PM (sign up/doors at 6:30 PM).

This free open mic is a safe space for both new and experienced comedians to try out some new nerdier material. This is a space to experiment (science!) with comedy, songs, the spoken word, or anything really as long as it’s geeky! (5 minute sets)

Distant Worlds Coffeehouse is a safe space for geeks of all stripes. Material that is racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-trans, anti-immigrant or otherwise ‘punching down’ is not welcome.

VIRTUAL Geeky Open Mic – Every 3rd Saturday

Words: Virtual Geeky Open Mic: Comedy, Music, Spoken word. 1st and 3rd saturdays, start at 7PM PDT on instagram live valeriebenti
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Starting in February 2021, tune in every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month on (start 7pm Pacific) for some virtual geeky comedy! Sets are 5 minutes.

More to be announced soon!

Past shows, open mics, and workshops

Too Cool For Magic School – July 31st

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Geeky Comedy Seattle Presents:
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This variety show is for everyone who likes to geek out about magic. For all those who have at some point in their life waved a wand and hoped for some magic to happen. For all those who never got a letter in their mailbox, or through the chimney, inviting them to magic school (let’s face it, we’re all just too cool).

The show will feature comedy, music, and burlesque performances, and will be live-streamed on YouTube. Watch through the magic of the internet on Saturday, July 31st, at 7 pm PST. The streaming link will be sent at least 2 hours before the start of the show.

The show is free to attend (though donations are welcome). Please RSVP at

All profits will be donated to Gender Justice League, a Washington State gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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GEEK OUT – The Stimulus Show

Thank you to all the performers, the audience, and all who donated! Thanks to your generous donations and matching, we were able to donate $636.50 to Black Girls Code and Black in Marine Science, each!

Geek Out! The Stimulus Show was a virtual comedy showcase and fundraiser, took place on Saturday, May 29, was hosted by the amazingly funny and funnily amazing J. Jones (@Adjective_J) and featured an equally hilarious and stellar line-up:
Jackie Calapristi (@JackieJackie121)
Naomi Fitter (@naomi_fitter)
Theresa Flores (@tburger343)
Lexa Graham (@LexaGrammar)
Naomi Tsachor (@NaomiTsachor)
Kyle Bob (@KyleBobKyleBob)
Tiara Moore (@curly_scientist)
Pallavi Gunalan (@PallaviGunalan)

The show also featured music by Stu Evans (RamenBoys), you can listen to the full album Epazant on YouTube!

Geeky Comedy Workshop at GeekGirlCon Online

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Workshop your own three-minute standup set with comedian Valerie Bentivegna (that’s me!) and friends. Laugh and learn along with some hilarious geeky comedians. There is an interactive portion, so we recommend having a pencil and paper ready for this workshop!

With clips and tips from Tiara Moore (@curly_scientist), Theresa Flores (@tburger343), Abner Senires (@abnersenires), Umi Om (@umi_om), Rosemarie Keenan (@romyk) and Jackie Calapristi (@JackieJackie121).

Rewatch the full GeekGirlCONline program

Rewatch the Geeky Comedy Workshop:

Saturday, March 7 – Forth Edition of Geeky Open Mic

Monday, February 24 – Science Comedy Showcase at Science On Tap

Science can be funny! Come hear three scientists – Kaitlyn Casimo, Elizabeth Crummy, and Phil Swan – tell you more about how funny their work is in this special comedy edition of Science on Tap!

February 14, 15 & 16 – Science Comedy with Dr. Matthew Murtha

Come and laugh with scientist and comedian Dr. Matthew Murtha (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Dark Side of Research, Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander) as he uses comedy and conversation in this hysterical one hour program to reveal the life of researchers beyond the stereotypes. Featuring headline news from the latest in research and tech, anecdotes from the life of a researcher, and diverse guests sharing their experiences as a scientist, this show will make you laugh and learn!

This event was hosted by Valerie Bentivegna (Bright Club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GEEK OUT!), and featured a different special guest every night:

The performers and guests of the Science Comedy show

Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Workshop and show at Nerdfaire 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Third edition of the Geeky Open Mic

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Second edition of the Geeky Open Mic With special guest Winlar

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – GEEK OUT!

GEEK OUT! is an educational comedy variety show highlighting the fun(ny) side of research! The show is inspired by the often hilarious and bizarre world of STEM, providing a unique insight on research life and culture and promoting the idea that a scientist can be anybody and everybody! This show, featuring songs, standup, and comedic storytelling, will make you laugh and learn!

The first edition took place on Saturday November 16, 2019 at Big Time Brewery. Hosted by science comedian Kyle Marian (The Symposium: Academic StandUp, Asian AF NYC, Woke AF, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UCB), featuring performances by Valerie Bentivegna, Valentina Ferro, Tara Christian, Winlar, and Andy Iwancio!

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – The very first Geeky Open Mic at Wayward Coffeehouse

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