WW reporters file from the first day of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival... Most of these comedians will perform again tonight and tomorrow: check out the schedule and buy tickets here.
THAT MOMENT WHEN...
âIâve never done comedy in the worldâs most simple haunted house,â
âItâs got two scares, but theyâre good.â
THAT MOMENT WHEN...
except for a denim-clad gentlemen with hair down to his shoulders and a soul patch to boot
THAT MOMENT WHEN...
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Cop: âWhat is thing on your back?â
Knoxville: âA microphone.â
Cop: âYouâre filming this?â
Cop: âThatâs just stupid.â âROBERT HAM THAT MOMENT WHEN... Portlandâs Gabe Dinger made the crowd laugh guiltily with a Michael J. Fox reference at Ground Kontrol on Thursday night. âThere are good things happening in my life,â Dinger confidently remarked. âI recently came into money for the first time in my life. I took that money and I bought a car. I bought a Delorean in fact, but Iâm afraid to drive it. Iâm afraid that Iâll hit 88 mph and get Parkinsonâs. Itâs very scary and very real.â âBRANDON WIDDER THAT MOMENT WHEN... the MC for the Bagdad early show, Seattle-based comedian Cory Michaelis, mentioned that he lived with a gay roommate while attending a small, very conservative Christian college. âWe couldnât tell if he was gay or really, really Christian.â That delightfully off-kilter joke went over rather well during the MCâs set. By the way, that MC set isnât necessarily easy to pull off, but with every show this weekend rounding up five to nine comedians, MCs are doing heavy lifting by warming up the crowd and keeping things moving. âMICHAEL LOPEZ THAT MOMENT WHEN... Texan comic Paul Oddo continually slapped the side of his head at Bridgetownâs opening show at Hawthorne Lounge in an effort to brush off the imaginary birds that frequently pummel into people walking in New York City. Apparently thatâs not the worst âNew York momentâ youâre likely to experience. âBRANDON WIDDER THAT MOMENT WHEN... Portland standout Tim Hammerârunner-up in the 2011 âPortlandâs Funniest Person Contestâ won by Ian Karmelâunleashed his trademark fury of pun-laden one-liners at the Bagdadâs 8 pm show. Hammerâs joke take a second or two to sink inâ fleeting moments that fuel Hammerâs quest to become Portlandâs King of Homonyms. Recounting when he was given an MC Hammer touch lamp for his birthday (âI turned it on, but I think itâs been broke for the last few decadesâ), Hammerâs incredibly well-crafted jokes are made all the more potent by his cool, reserved stage presence. âMICHAEL LOPEZ THAT MOMENT WHEN... Former Simpsons writer Dana Gould unleashed what was probably the firstâbut surely not the lastârape jokes of the weekend, explaining that âany whistle could be a rape whistle, except for a slide whistle.â Gouldâs quick wit, brilliant storytelling and meticulous attention to detail made it clear why heâs one of the weekendâs headliners. Gouldâs sets will prove to be amongst the more well-attended of the weekend, while his Simpsons symposium on Saturday is sure to draw a crowd in the cartoonâs home state. âMICHAEL LOPEZ THAT MOMENT WHEN... every comedian at Ground Kontrolâs No Pun Intendo show realized they were, in fact, doing standup in an arcade. Comedians were occasionally forced to shout above the masses as some patrons hunkered in racing game seats and others manically button-mashed Street Fighter II Turbo amid the chiming pinball machines and glowing, Tron-esque tabletops. âBRANDON WIDDER THAT MOMENT WHEN... Howard Kremer initiated a call-and-response to all the depressed people in the crowd, which he labelled as his âdepress-cetarians,â at the Bagdad. Fresh off the taping of his first comedy album at LAâs Meltdown Comicsâheâs released three albums as rapper alter-ego Dragon Boy Suede and another music album titled Have A SummahâKremer was full of energy and had the crowd reacting to his onstage antics for what seemed like the entire set. âMICHAEL LOPEZ THAT MOMENT WHEN... Moshe Kasher introduced a new, very Portland look: the hipster dockworker. âSomeoneâs gotta unload all these crates of Lumineers CDs and artisan coffee,â he joked. Fueled by local energy drink Viso, Kasher was in constant motion, pacing the stage like a madman hellbent on raising the energy level of the decidedly calm audience. Channelling his controlled chaos and employing a speedier delivery, Kasher managed to win the crowd over with his demanding stage presence. At one point Kasher read a hilarious letter he wrote after a particularly difficult breakup as a 14-year-old, amply demonstrating why heâs the headliner at a major comedy festival. âMICHAEL LOPEZ THAT MOMENT WHEN... Denverâs Andrew Orvedahl pointed out at Ground Kontrolâs post-midnight show Thursday that, quite possibly, certain drinking habits represent and define certain stages in our lives. The applause alone showed most of us can relate to that one. âI bought a flask. I feel like buying a flask is like blowing by some sort of warning sign on the highway of life... What was thaâwho gives a fuck? Iâm having a great time!â âBRANDON WIDDER THAT MOMENT WHEN... One-time Portlander Richard Bain made a brief, special appearance at Ground Kontrol, dropping his pants and shaking his hips with Shakira-like pizzaz. The audience seemed equally confused and amused as Bain climbed atop a cube-shaped stool and shouted âPLEASE LAUGH!â His navy underwear drew spectatorsâ gaze, and he walked away less than a minute later. âBRANDON WIDDER