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Barbara Holm
From Seattle, Wash., Barbara Holm has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Arts festival, and the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston. Her comedy has been described as clever, unique, idiosyncratic, and exuberant. Seattle City Arts Magazine called her a “comedy wizard.” The Bay Area’s Spinning Platters says, “She’s noted for her wit, one-liners and off-center humor.”  Seattle Stranger newspaper described her as an “adorable wunderkind” and Barbara describes herself as “running away from this question to hide under the desk right now.”

Entries by Barbara Holm

Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

(49) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 12:46 PM

On Friday, actress Charlotte Rampling said that anyone boycotting the Oscars is "racist against white people." (Charlotte Rampling? More like Charlotte Rambling! Amiright? Please don't stop reading because of that pun!) It reminded me of an instance five years ago where I hosted a comedy open mic in Seattle. Because...

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'Tell Me You're Proud of Me'

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Chicago comedian, writer and actor released his debut album this year called Tell Me You're Proud of Me. His album was recorded at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival. He has been doing stand up since 2008. Campbell was kind enough to give me...

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Trying to Be a Better Ally (Just an Opinion)

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Yesterday, I hosted a stand-up comedy open mic and after each rape joke or joke about abusing women, I made it clear on stage that I was uncomfortable and didn't feel safe with the situation. After the show, a few people cornered me and told me that by voicing this...

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If He Couldn't Do It, How Can I?

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:43 AM

The five stages of grief are drinking, drinking, drinking, watching Jumanji, and acceptance, right? Whenever someone takes their own life, it terrifies me, having dealt with depression and anxiety. If someone I looked up to, someone with more mental health resources can't break out of this sickness, how can I?

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Pre Bridgetown Interview With Yogi Paliwal

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Yogi Paliwal was the first comedian that ever spoke to me at my first open mic. He has been like a brother to me, which is awesome, because in addition to being really fun to be around and kind hearted, he's also hilarious. Yogi has performed at the San Francisco...

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'No More Mutants'

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:21 PM

I first fell in fascination with the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) during the X-Men House of M story arc in the comics. Wanda was ridiculously powerful and also unhinged, broken-hearted and emotionally scarred. After both the X-Men and the Avengers plotted to kill her, and then her own father (Magneto)...

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Pre-Bridgetown Interview With Kyle Mizono

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:07 PM

I first saw Kyle Mizono at the All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival in Portland. I was blown away by how hilarious, smart, absurd and adorably magical she was. She combines recorded music with amazingly well written jokes and silliness. When I heard she was going to be at the...

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Ms. Marvel #1 Review

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Despite having to brave a Hoth-like terrain, I made it to a comic book shop this week to pick up Ms. Marvel #1. Written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona, this book is super exciting; any time a story is rebooted, it brings new readers into the...

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Interview With Maggie Maye

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:04 PM

I met Austin comedian Maggie Maye a few years ago at the Women in Comedy festival in Boston. Since then I've seen her everywhere, San Francisco, New York, Portland, and in my heart. She's super funny, loveable and a very strong comedian.

Maggie will be performing at the

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Interview with Aparna Nancherla

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Aparna Nancherla is one of my favorite stand up comedians, and also one of the kindest, coolest people I know. She was one of the 2013 New Faces at Just for Laughs and has been on WTF with Marc Maron. She started comedy in Washington DC and currently lives in...

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Interview with Janine Brito

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 6:55 PM

The first time I saw Janine Brito perform was in Seattle in 2011 when she was opening for Nato Green, Hari Kondabolu, and W. Kamau Bell. She was hysterical and unique. She has wonderful stories and she's so genuine and likeable and quirky. I met her a few times in...

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Interview With Calise Hawkins

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Calise Hawkins is a hilarious New York based comedian who I first became aware of on the TV show Last Comic Standing and have had the pleasure of seeing live a few times and she always blows me away. She is adorable, bubbly, warm, gregarious, charismatic, smart, and talented. She...

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George Zimmerman Verdict

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:30 AM

I honestly don't know what to say about this Trayvon Martin thing. I just can't wrap my head around it. George Zimmerman obviously killed an unarmed 17-year-old and was found not guilty. Even if everything Zimmerman said was true, that he was acting in defense, that this kid was "acting...

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Why the World Needs Bridgetown

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:57 PM

Less than two weeks away, I'm really excited for Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon. I'm obviously a little nervous about performing on shows with really good artists and also about being in huge claustrophobic crowds. But any anxiety is completely overshadowed by my joy and excitement that in the...

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Social Anxiety and the Internet

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:17 PM

The other day I was at a huge (okay, normal-sized, okay, maybe small) party and I didn't really know a lot of the people there that well, so I started to feel really anxious and almost claustrophobic from the tension. I just kinda stood against a wall and didn't talk...

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Rhetoric of Rape

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:54 AM

I feel like I've heard the word rape more in the last five years than ever in my life. Maybe in part that's because five years ago I was 20 and busy thinking about Harry Potter. But I think mostly it's because sexual violence is being discussed more, by politicians,...

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Large Group Dynamics and Sexism

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2012 | 5:31 PM

On September 21st an article was published in Inside Higher Ed detailing a recent study showing that sexism exists in scientific industries. The studied described how scientific professionals, regardless of their own gender, often displayed a bias towards men. Many readers were outraged that sexism could exist even...

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Condemning Violence against Women in the Media

(17) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 3:47 PM

Don't google "Victim of Beauty," trust me. I saw someone posted it on twitter and looked it up. Google regaled me with images that made me dry heave. Maybe that was the point, to make us vomit enough to feel sick and weak and ergo utterly glamorous!

As if...

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First Annual New York Funny Songs Fest!

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:06 PM

I'm really excited to get to go to New York this week to visit some friends and perform! June 7-11 marks the first annual New York Funny Songs Fest: a musical comedy festival in the lower eastside of New York City. My ukulele and I can't wait to go! (Yes...

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Bridgetown Recap

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 5:20 PM

After a few days of being back in Seattle, getting some normal sleep, and regressing to the state of quiet shut-in that Seattleites are designed for, I thought it was a good time to look back and reflect over the happenings of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

The Portland festival was...

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