CARPETBAGGING COMEDIANS: AMC’s new reality series Showville bills itself as a chance for small-town Americans to get a shot at stardom—easy
pickings for city slickers like the two Portland comedians who trucked
250 miles to audition for the show in Walla Walla, Wash. In October, Nathan Brannon and Tyrone “The Real Hyjinx” Collins brought their acts to Showville’s open call in rural eastern Washington. Collins—who says his mentor, Brannon, hatched the idea—landed in the final four. What
did Walla Walla’s humble sweet onion-farming jugglers and
prison-guarding magicians think of two big-city hustlers crashing the
party? “They took me in and treated me well,” says Collins. Some townsfolk even asked him for pictures and autographs. Collins, who hosts a weekly open mic at Northeast 82nd Avenue’s Red Room, will appear on the June 6 episode.
There’s trouble at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where students
and alumni have plastered bulletin boards with fliers accusing college
President Tom Manley and top PNCA executives of giving themselves
raises while leaving many adjuncts who actually teach classes underpaid
and uninsured, all while raising tuition in a recession. Manley’s
2010 salary was reported as $218,368—up from $207,019 in 2008. “People
are getting priced out while college education is becoming compulsory,”
says Chloe Dietz, a student at PNCA who runs the website distributing
the fliers, pnca.centralcentral.org. She says other people have
downloaded the fliers to post around the Northwest Portland campus.
Asked about the fliers, Manley wrote that PNCA will “continue to support
our students…in the creative expression of their thinking and beliefs.”
CLICK AND SEE: At wweek.com you’ll find a review of Mike Daisey’s new show, Journalism, which debuted in Portland, along with a recap of the new episode ofThe Real World: Portland and an explanation of why Portlandia sculptorRay Kaskey gets paid when you buy a bottle of Laurelwood Portlandia Pils.
CLARIFICATIONS: A photo accompanying last week’s review of Slide Inn (“Bar Spotlight,” WW,
May 15, 2013) was from the adjoining Jade Lounge, which has the same
owners and an overlapping menu, but is a different place. In a review of
Portland Center Stage’sThePeople’s Republic of Portland (WW,
May 8, 2013), Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this
newspaper (“Will-uh-met Weekly”) was interpreted as accidental. Cynthia
Fuhrman, who served as dramaturg for the production, tells us it was
deliberate. Finally, last week’s interview with Mike Daisey (“Hotseat,” WW, May 15, 2013) characterized the monologuist as “weaselly.” Daisey emailed WW to note that he is “more like a plump otter.” WW regrets any confusion.