Helium Comedy Club's annual Portland's Funniest Person contest is a strange beast.
Past winners—including Nathan Brannon, Ian Karmel and Shane Torres—are all solid standup comics, but with early rounds determined by audience vote, it's in some ways a glorified personality contest.
But by the time comics advance to the finals—which will be held tonight at 8 pm—things have been winnowed down, resulting in a who's who of Portland comedy. Two of the finalists, Amy Miller and Bri Pruett, made WW's Funniest 5 last November (as did past winners Brannon and Torres). Here are video clips of 11 of the 12 finalists (Stephanie Purtle: why aren't you on YouTube? Seriously, Stephanie Purtle), in the order they're scheduled to appear. The winner will walk away with $1,000.