Ramez Naam reading a steamy sex scene from his new sci-fi novel. Glenn Walcott groaning and moaning while doing his best Chewbacca impression. Jenni Hogan talking about penguins.

These are just snippets from Wednesday’s first-ever Tech Show, Seattle’s newest tech-centric and entertaining version of a meetup.

About 100 or so from the local tech community packed Belltown’s Spitfire to enjoy an hour of various magazine-style segments in a stage-show format complete with some raunchy story-telling and tons of laughter.

Overall, it was a fun way to incorporate some entertainment with a typical “meetup.” While the three guest stars — Hogan, Walcott and Vanessa Fox — talked briefly about big data and Misty Melissa Weaver spoke about information architecture and how it related to safari animals, the event didn’t provide much value in terms of having profound and intellectual discussions about tech.

Glenn Walcott doing his best Chewbacca impression.

Korby Sears, producer and director of the Tech Show, said he thought his first show went “fantastic,” but added that he’d like to tighten up some of the segments and figure out ways to keep the attention of the audience consistent.

“It’s odd to put this out to the tech world, so I’m still gauging how to keep people interested,” Sears said. “I think we showed people something different and that’s enough for now.”

The show was hosted by Sasha Pasulka, senior product marketing manager at Tableau Software, occasional guest contributor here at GeekWire and wife of Jeff Dickey, another GeekWire contributor via his Nextcast video series.

The highlight of the show by far was Walcott’s Chewbacca impression when the three guest stars were asked to read parts from a scene of Star Wars.

“I suspected Glenn Walcott would be good in the role of Chewbacca, but, to me, that was the riskiest part of the show,” Pasulka said. “Would Glenn Walcott be funny as Chewbacca or no? What he delivered exceeded my wildest dreams. Bravo, Glenn.”

Walcott said the stunt was completely unplanned.

“I was very fortunate to be given Chewbacca,” he said. “It seemed to get the most laughter, so that was good.”

“This was a fun event,” Walcott added. “If time is so valuable, then why not have fun when you meet people?”

Hogan echoed that sentiment.

“We’re always used to meeting for coffee and talking about how to make that million dollar company,” Hogan said. “Tonight, we were talking about things we never talk to each other about, just as friends. It was cool.”

The show is the brainchild of Sears and his production company Technosaurus Events, which puts on 26 live “three-ring circuses for tech scene rock stars” every year. Sears is a former game producer who has worked for Pop Cap and most recently Discovery Bay Games. He co-founded the well-known performance group Seattle School back in 2003.

The Tech Show takes place every third Wednesday of the month. Hillel Cooperman and Dr. Rebecca Gardner are scheduled for February’s event.

Here are a few Tweets and more photos from the event:

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  • http://twitter.com/SaurusTechno TechnosaurusEvents

    Thanks for the rundown, Taylor! With THE TECH SHOW, we’d like to get more into the personalities and the humanity behind the movers and the shakers in the tech / start-up world. To this extent – we have no problem being entertaining, and giving our guests situations in which to reveal sides of themselves we don’t normally see elsewhere. We’re half-way between a full-on circus-show and a traditional meet-up – and we’re eager to see where that hybrid organically evolves. Thanks!

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