A tech-geek-turned-comedian walks into a room full of 1,000 current tech geeks … or so the joke goes.
At Thursday night’s annual GeekWire Awards in Seattle, there was plenty of time to talk business, but for about seven minutes, Jesse Warren brought the business of comedy to the stage at the Museum of Pop Culture.
Warren is one of the founders of Socially Inept, a new tech comedy startup that performs around Seattle and in other cities with the mission of bringing a bit of levity to the world of startups and geeks. The group recently performed one of its sold-out roast events at a comedy club in the University District, but the Sky Church at MoPOP was unlike any venue Warren had ever worked in his young stand-up career.
A former Microsoft and SpaceX engineer himself, Warren turned his inside-tech perspective on the audience in attendance.
“It’s an honor to be here, speaking in front of all of you creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, all coming together to create a better future,” Warren opened. “A future with less hardship, less injustice, less privacy, less free will and no humans. … Looking at the AI startups here.”
With jokes lobbed at the expense of Jeff Bezos, Rover, Textio and more, Warren also had fun with Next Tech Titan nominee Stay Alfred, in attendance with a large group that traveled across the state for the event.
“We have Next Tech Titan nominee Stay Alfred … the first company out of Spokane, Wash., to be nominated for literally anything ever,” Warren joked. “In 2018 Stay Alfred actually raised $47 million in funding, though what investors did not realize at the time is that for $47 million they could have just bought Spokane, Wash.”