The main thing to know about Seattle comedian Emmett Montgomery is that he loves his wife.
Montgomery, who’ll perform Sunday at the closing night of the Olympia Film Festival, spends a lot of time onstage talking about his marriage. But unlike many of his comedy brethren, he has only good things to say about his spouse.
“All these comedians, guys I would work with, they’d complain about their wives and marriage,” he said Monday in a Skype interview. “For me, it’s such an amazing thing. I was like, ‘Why aren’t people talking about how great this is?’ ”
Sample joke: “I have been successfully married to a human lady for over three years,” he said in a 2013 performance. (See the video, “My Beautiful Wife, My Hideous Cat,” at bit.ly/2g0cJDl.)
So rare is this attitude that Montgomery, a Bumbershoot regular who competed last year on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” is considered a feminist comic and has performed at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston and Cinder Block Comedy Festival in Brooklyn, which spotlights diversity.
But he doesn’t love only Kate. He loves his dog Donna, who appeared on camera during the interview, and that “hideous cat,” Walter, who died a couple of years ago. He loves his neighbors, two- and four-legged. He loves getting up on stage and telling the truth.
I don’t necessarily know if people are meant to be happy, but I think that we are supposed to try to be happy, if that makes sense, so that’s what I’m trying to do.
Seattle comic Emmett Montgomery
He loves his friends, including Olympia comic Sam Miller, who’ll share the stage with him Sunday. “If he were to unzip his human suit and a wise bear were to come out, I don’t think anybody would be surprised,” he said.
He loves Olympia and its burgeoning comedy scene.
“There’s something really magical happening in Olympia right now,” he said. “I’m really excited to go down there.”
He loves it all. He doesn’t say that, of course, but it gleams out from beneath his human suit.
This isn’t greeting card love, though: It’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” love.
On Walter: “If I were to unzip him and find a bag of scorpions just wrapped in snakes, I would not be surprised. …. But I love him, because that’s how cats work.
“People will talk about how hopeful I am, but then in the same breath they’ll use words like ‘dark’ and ‘creepy,’ ” he said. “I don’t know which one it is.”
His first album, due out in late winter or early spring, is tentatively titled “Heart of Hope, Heart of Spiders.”
He’s a comic of contradictions in other ways, too. His act straddles storytelling and standup. Alt comics think of him as traditional, while traditional ones consider him alternative.
It’s working for him. Besides what he calls his “15 seconds” of TV fame, Seattle Weekly readers voted him that city’s best comic last year, and City Arts magazine included him among its artists of the year.
His subject matter is almost unbelievably broad.
“I’m able to talk about grief for my dead cat or my fear about what’s going to happen to me when I die in a funny and interesting way,” he said.
Wednesday, he performed at a show called “Bummed Out,” a benefit for Seattle-based Emerald City Pet Rescue that began with a Karen Carpenter happy hour and showcased dogs in need of homes.
“We’re all doing sad-based sets,” he said. “There’s some irony there, but I like to lean into this kind of stuff. We’ve been going through a lot lately.”
He recently found out he has Type 2 diabetes after a year or more of feeling tired and spaced out.
“I’m actually really excited to have diabetes,” he said. “I thought I was just broken.
“It’s forcing me to do some necessary life changes. I tasted kale for the first time. My world’s getting bigger.”
No matter the topic, his tone is calm and measured, and his outlook is fundamentally positive.
“We’re all kind of sad,” he said. “I just want to be sad in a fun way.
“I don’t necessarily know if people are meant to be happy,” he added, “but I think that we are supposed to try to be happy, if that makes sense, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
What: The Seattle comic, who appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” last year, headlines the Olympia Film Festival’s closing-night comedy show. Also on the bill are Olympians Sam Miller, Natalie Holt and Morgan Picton.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia.
Tickets: $12, $9 for members.
Information: 360-754-6670, olympiafilmfestival.org.