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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

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan


Comedy and Variety
Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes,   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook


Comedy and Variety
Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber


Comedy and Variety
Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 RIHANNA WEISS

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts


Comedy and Variety
Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott


Comedy and Variety
For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

10 Portland Comedy Showcases Worth Seeing


Comedy and Variety
Am I Right, Ladies? Another week, another rape joke, another Twitter firestorm. This monthly showcase, produced by Jen Tam, positions itself as a counterbalance to the misogyny and sexism in the    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff

Funny On the Internet

Our favorite tweets from Portland comedians.


Comedy and Variety
Portland taught me that if you plant a food cart in fertile soil you’ll get a condo building in about a year. —Jason Traeger This guy asked me if I had had sex with a lot of men, and I was like,    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff

Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing


Comedy and Variety
Levine Large youtube.com/user/levinelargepodcast Sure, Kristine Levine is funny. Everybody knows that. But what you might not know is that her kids are funny, too. In Levine Large, the blue-collar   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff

No Nonsense

Comedian Kate Berlant on academia, therapy and pope jokes.


Comedy and Variety
People trip over themselves trying to describe comedian Kate Berlant. The 27-year-old takes the stage with discursive, high-energy monologues dense with academic jargon. Her digressions about    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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