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The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story
Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

New Comedy Venue Opening in Basement of Bike Shop

Kickstand Comedy Space will run out of Velo Cult's basement on weekday evenings.


A new comedy venue is about to open in the basement of a bike shop.
With a soft opening slated for Dec. 8 and a full launch in January, Kickstand Comedy Space will be the downstairs neighbor to Velo Cult, the Hollywood neighborhood bike shop/bar. The four founders—Dylan Reiff, Garret...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Curtis Cook Weighs In On Bill Cosby

"I don't know that I want to look someone in the eyes and tell them that a rapist is the reason I've been trying to be funny my entire life."


In the wake of the multiplying rape allegations against Bill Cosby, lots of people have been weighing in. (Not, notably, Cosby himself.) Entertainment reporters have written “woulda coulda shoulda” pieces about years-old interviews th...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Wildfang's Emma McIlroy Found a Dinosaur Skull

That was a long time ago, but the CEO of tomboy-inspired fashion company Wildfang made it the subject of a just-released children's book.


As co-founder of Wildfang, the locally based, uber-popular tomboy-inspired fashion company—adored by the likes of Ellen Page, Tegan and Sara and Evan Rachel Wood—Emma McIlroy keeps plenty busy. But that didn’t stop the 31-year-old from finding time to write a children’s book. Emma’s A Gem, which comes out Wednes...   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Force Majeure

On thin ice.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The family of four lies on the bed, limbs intertwined. They’re Swedish. So of course they’re gorgeous—they look ripped from a Hanna Andersson catalog, down to their matching thermal underw   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Tig Notaro

Answers the comedian didn't copy and paste from elsewhere.


Tig Notaro has been doing a lot of email interviews lately.
That was pretty clear when I received the comedian’s answers to the questions I’d emailed her weeks ago. Some were carbon copies of responses she’d given to publications elsewhere in the country. A few answers were identical to those published in ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

One Day in 1996: Michael Powell tells Jeff Bezos, “Thanks, but no thanks…”

40th Anniversary
In 1996, Amazon nearly swallowed Powell’s Books. Sometime that year—Michael Powell of the venerable Portland bookstore, doesn’t remember so much as which season—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cal   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sept. 8, 1997: The city agrees to tear down the old viaduct and sell the rail yards…

40th Anniversary
Only 20 years ago, inner Northwest Portland was a tangle of dirt streets, railroad tracks and warehouses. Train traffic contaminated much of the land with lead and creosote. A few people lived i   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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