Kermet Apio is the kind of comic who doesn't feel the need to use graphic language and off-color jokes to get laughs.
Apio's style, which blends observational comedy, sarcasm and satire, earned him the top spot at the Seattle International Comedy Festival as well as the Great American Comedy Festival based in Nebraska.
He'll bring that crazy humor to Jokers in Richland on March 14. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.
Apio was born in paradise on the island of Oahu, where he claims to have spent a happy childhood watching TV and procrastinating on everything else.
After Apio graduated from high school, he moved to Seattle in the mid 1980s to attend the University of Washington. He never went home.
Comedy started out as a hobby for Apio, and his first open mic night happened in 1989 at the Comedy Underground in downtown Seattle. By 1990, he'd quit his day job and took his shtick on the comedy circuit.
By 2009, Apio had earned a following and won the Great American Comedy Festival that same year, followed by a slew of TV and radio appearances, including comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas and Vancouver.
David Tribble, the comedy promoter for Entertainment Solutions, says Apio is much more than just a comedian.
"Kermet is well connected with the Tri-Cities and its Hawaiian population," Tribble told the Herald. "And he's a pretty good guitarist in the Island's sack key style."
Apio, who is married and the father of two children, loves baseball and pie but has a strong dislike of opera, sitting in traffic and writing about himself in the third person, he says on his website.
And as for all that TV watching he did as a kid and nothing else, he isn't ashamed to say not much has changed in his adulthood.
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