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Hotseat: Brooks Wheelan

One year on SNL is plenty.


Comedy and Variety
Not very many people are both a biomedical engineer and a Saturday Night Live alum. In fact, Brooks Wheelan might be the only person on earth with both on his résumé.  Born and raised in Iowa   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Coming Up Fast

First came Money, then came Love, next up for Whitney Cummings…a baby carriage?


Comedy and Variety
2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings likes to plan far ahead. The Money Shot and I Love You celebricomic has a landslide of opportunity on her doorstep—simultaneous network and cable spots, end   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Portland Improv is Banging and Burning

The Stumptown Improv Festival is back, and bigger.


Comedy and Variety
Even after a successful first year, the Stumptown Improv Festival is still working overtime to convince Portlanders what improv isn’t—a self-indulgent form of expression that solely occurs at spar   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 PARKER HALL

United We Laugh

Hari Kondabolu doesn’t want you to come for dick jokes.


Comedy and Variety
Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, comedian Hari Kondabolu has parlayed a master’s degree in human rights into a successfu   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WILLIAM KENNEDY

Funny Knows Funny

We asked past Funniest 5 comics to pick what’s best at this year’s Bridgetown.


Comedy and Variety
Nathan BrannonIMAGE: Inger Klekacz7 Minutes in Purgatory at Doug Fir Lounge, 7 pm Saturday. $20.  Ian Abramson created this show, where comedians do their standup set in a soundproof room to   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Multnomah Falls (Funhouse Lounge)

The Falls falls, hard.


Comedy and Variety
You’d think an improv-fueled, Portland-centric parody of glitzy Reagan-era melodramas was inspired by Portland’s original version—Pillars of Portland, the ’80s PDX soap by former WW colu   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 JAY HORTON

Michael McDonald


Comedy and Variety
The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the    More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Karmel Kwiz


Comedy and Variety
You know who Ian Karmel is. You know he’s one of the biggest standup comedians to come out of Portland, you know he’s written for Chelsea Handler, and you might even know he’s now writing    More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Haha House

Standup comedy invades the living rooms and garages of Portland.


Comedy and Variety
House shows have been a staple of the music scene forever. But there’s a different art form encroaching onto this turf: standup comedy. In a town with more comics than there are open slots   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 WW Staff

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.


Comedy and Variety
As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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