Q&A: Comedian and startup vet Bridget Quigg on her one-woman show ‘Techlandia’ — a Seattle tech satire

techlandiaIf artwork holds a mirror as much as actuality, we’d like no additional proof that geek tradition has gone mainstream than the variety of comedies parodying it. Now the Seattle tech scene is getting its personal satire, someplace between ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Portlandia,’ and ‘Workplace House.’

On Feb. 26, Seattle-based comic Bridget Quigg, is launching a one-woman show known as ‘Techlandia‘ at Theater Schmeater in Seattle. The efficiency will function jokes, songs, video games, and actual movies from the tech trade, throughout its eight-night run.

“The tech trade permits for a lot of strange conduct from its staff, like using tricycles to conferences. To not point out all of the lavish, goofy advantages like seven sorts of M&Ms and full bars on web site. It’s a world stuffed with quirks which are very simple to roast,” mentioned Quigg.

Quigg is a Stanford grad with greater than a decade of expertise working for startups. Techlandia will likely be her fifth one-woman show. Final 12 months she wrote and starred within the sold-out comedy ‘Oh, Seattle!’ a parody of the Emerald Metropolis’s quirky affectations.

We caught up with Quigg to speak about her expertise in tech, geek tradition, and the show.

GW: What’s your expertise in tech?

Bridget Quigg: I began out at HealthTalk.com in 2004 as a junior copywriter. That was a very newspaper title and a lot of my bosses have been newspaper of us shifting to the online. I finally grew to become the “voice of the web site.” This was a new idea, and Google rankings and search engine optimization have been simply beginning to grow to be enormous for entrepreneurs. From HealthTalk, I went to PayScale and grew to become a content material strategist, which I believed was a joke title when my boss gave it to me, although now it’s all over the place. Subsequent was Socrata then, most not too long ago, I used to be director of content material advertising at Merely Measured. I’m all about startups, all the time, and that’s clear once you watch the show. I really like the power and velocity at a startup.

GW: How lengthy have you ever been doing Techlandia?

Quigg: I’m honored that you simply suppose it has been round a whereas. It’s model new! The upcoming run is three weeks. Hopefully, it’s going to do effectively and I can both prolong the run or take it to different cities. That is my fifth one-woman show. I’ve been doing music and comedy in Seattle since 2005.

GW: The place did you get the thought?

Quigg: The place I get all of my concepts. There’s this display in my head (I’m not joking) that has phrases like “sure,” “no,” “loopy,” “dwelling,” and different bits of recommendation for me all through my waking hours. It’s additionally the place the title for every one among my exhibits has popped up and stayed till I might take note of it. I actually noticed “Techlandia” and thought, “Okay, let me do some writing.”

GW: Do you could have a pattern joke or two?

Quigg: Knock, knock…simply kidding. I play a lot of characters. I can’t say there are actually “jokes.” I poke enjoyable on the agile methodology, firm founders, engineers “quirks,” stressed-out recruiters, and extra.

One of many characters takes the viewers on a tour of a small, tech workplace house and she is hilarious as a result of she’s so honest and enthusiastic. For instance, she explains how there’s no HR division however they’re a scrappy staff so the top of finance simply went by way of a “find out how to hear” course and can speak to you about your emotions and medical advantages when he’s not busy taking a look at spreadsheets. That’s a startup actuality that I’ve all the time discovered humorous. It occurs on a regular basis.

GW: Is there any particular expertise out of your time in tech that you simply’ve labored into the show?

QuiggThe entire show is a tribute to my time in tech. I wrote 24 pages of fabric and have whittled it all the way down to 18. There’s a lot to put in writing about since you’re coping with people who’re working at full tilt and displaying every kind of behaviors, myself included. I suppose that the large quantity of snacks and booze will get talked about a few instances. There may be a snack bar to suit each allergy or food plan pattern and there may be all the time, all the time, all the time whiskey.

GW: Do you suppose geek tradition is altering?

QuiggI feel it’s all the time altering. Proper now, I’m assembly many extra younger ladies who’re engineers. I really like that pattern. I spoke at a GirlGeek dinner the opposite evening and, wow, what a brilliant, assured group of tech ladies. I used to be thrilled and impressed.

Moreover that, the event of huge tech in Seattle’s city heart feels very totally different than when the tech epicenter was Redmond. As a outcome, residing within the metropolis is getting prohibitively costly for extra and extra individuals, apart from these incomes tech-level salaries. That shift pains me however I don’t see it altering anytime quickly.

GW: Does your routine contact on the distinction between the Silicon Valley and Seattle tech worlds?

Quigg: No. I went to high school within the Bay Space and have buddies working down there, however I don’t declare any nice data on the variations between Seattle and Silicon Valley. I do know that being wired and in a hurry hasn’t ever been cool in Seattle. I see that as a very Silicon Valley, high-status conduct that’s creeping up right here.

GW: Is there anything you suppose our readers ought to learn about your show?

Quigg: It’s humorous!!! Laughter is wholesome so come watch the show.

And, you don’t must be in tech to get the fabric – in no way. What I’m doing is describing and explaining, which is a lot humorous. People who find themselves not conversant in tech can observe alongside. And, people who find themselves in tech will likely be considering, “Oh, geez, that’s so true.” Everybody laughs. Everybody wins. Come on out!

Techlandia, a one-woman show by Bridget Quigg, begins its eight-night run on Friday, Feb. 26, at Theater Schmeater in Seattle. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets. For extra Pacific Northwest tech occasions, see the GeekWire Calendar.

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