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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

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
 

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