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One of Portland’s top comics is leaving for L.A.

Comedy and Variety
Over the past few years, Portland has grown into a hotbed of standup comedy nights, but it still doesn’t have the paid gigs needed to carry a large roster of working comics. For that, there are basi   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Don't Feel Sorry for Kevin Hart


Mr. Kevin Hustle Hart (as he’s been dubbed by Nike promoters in Beaverton) is hustling hard to fill seats for his Moda Center show this Friday. JAM’N 107.5 has been giving away tickets all week and now Hart is pairing with Nike+ Run Club to infuse fans with some adrenaline. Officially, Hart and his Nike co-sponsors invite you to jog a 5K with the star Friday at 7:34 am to create “   More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by MIKE ACKER

Top 5 Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s She Said/She Said Tour Once called the future of comedy by Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito was named Comedian of the Year by Consequence of Sound, crowned N   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Brooks Wheelan

One year on SNL is plenty.

Comedy and Variety
Not very many people are both a biomedical engineer and a Saturday Night Live alum. In fact, Brooks Wheelan might be the only person on earth with both on his résumé.  Born and raised in Iowa   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Shane Torres

The soon-to-depart comedian on why he's petrified about New York City, brunch with Whitney Streed and how Portland comics need to work harder.


It’s a sad day in Portland comedy. Standup stalwart Shane Torres is decamping for New York City. Torres, who was runner-up in WW’s Funniest 5 poll last year, has been a rock in Portland’s comedy landscape since 2007. The Texas-raised comedian (and self-described "Native American Meatloaf...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Dispatches from the Last Weekly Recurring Humor Night

After more than three years, Whitney Streed's weekly standup showcase comes to an end.

streed at tonic

Local funny lady Whitney Streed closed the door Wednesday evening on the Weekly Recurring Humor Night at the Tonic Lounge. Streed’s weekly standup showcase, ending a three-and-a-half year run, has been one of the sturdiest staples of the local comedy scene, and many regulars turned out last night to help close the show’s run. Streed dropped the biggest knowledge nugget in the mi...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Steven Wilber Wins Portland's Funniest Person Contest at Helium Comedy Club

Last year's winner, Shane Torres, announces plans to leave Portland in October.


Steven Wilber is Portland’s Funniest Person—at least for 2014. Wilber bested 11 other standup comics to win the title, and the $1,000 grand prize, at Helium Comedy Club’s annual competition Tuesday evening. Adam Pasi placed second, with Gabe Dinger rounding out the top three. (It was Dinger’s third straight year as a top-three finisher: He was the runner-up last year and plac...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Interview: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael

If Spike Lee has anything to do with it, Jerrod Carmichael will be standup comedy’s next superstar.

Comedy and Variety
Very few Spike Lee joints are comedy. Fewer still are comedy specials. In fact, until this year, the only one was 2000’s The Original Kings of Comedy, which made Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertain   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Michael Ian Black

The comedian, a member of sketch group the State, talks about reality TV, web videos and Meghan McCain.


Way back in 1993, MTV took a flyer on a group of sketch comedians from New York University and gave them a television show.  That show, The State—because that was the troupe called themselves—lasted only two years, but it left a permanent mark on American comedy. Many of its members would stay in show biz, turning out such shows as Stella, Reno 9-1-1, Viva Var...   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Cameron Esposito

The super-smart, side mullet-sporting comedian talks podcasting, Portland and Macklemore.


Cameron Esposito has been busy lately. LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles both tapped her as a comedian to watch. She’s been featured on Chelsea Lately and at comedy festivals across the country (locally, she was at Bridgetown in 2013 and All Jane No Dick the same year). She’s toured the nation with Anthony Jesel...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by MIKE ACKER
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