S6 Ep 4: Finding Community through Entertainment

June 24, 2019

Season 6 of Seattle Growth Podcast focuses on finding community in a dynamic city.

Each episode spotlights some of the interesting people in Seattle who are building community and bringing people together. You will hear from leaders in tech, comedy, music, art, dance, and emergency preparation.

Today’s episode features John Barr, founder of NHLtoSeattle. Barr shares the story of how his love of hockey evolved from a hobby newsletter to an expansive online community on Facebook and Twitter, to a rich Seattle community that brings people together to watch hockey and advocate for Seattle to join the ranks of NHL cities. Barr discusses what motivates him to pour his effort into the community and how he felt seeing Seattle realize his dream of being awarded an NHL franchise.

Today’s episode also features Alex Grindeland, owner of CSZ Seattle. Grindeland describes how he was able to build and maintain a community of improve comedians. He shares how passion for improv comedy has evolved into a business that plays home to ComedySportz, a fast-paced comedy show pitting two teams of comedians against each other. To show just how important practice and skill are, he and host, Jeff Shulman, engage in the least funny improv of all time.

If you are looking for a community that’s right for you, you just might find it in today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast. If you are looking to build your own community, you will hear lessons of how to start and nurture a group.

Whether you have lived here your whole life or are just joining this city, these interviews give insight about Seattle, how it was, how it is changing, and where Seattle is going.

If you like Seattle Growth Podcast, you will love On the Brink, the “powerful new documentary” that is “worth watching”. It premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, had a sold-out screening at the Northwest African American Museum and has been generating media buzz from King 5, KUOW, The Seattle Times, Crosscut, The Stranger, and KNKX. See what people are talking about at the next screening on August 15th at the Neptune Theater. Get your tickets today.

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