Interview: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael

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

Performance 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

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.

Performance Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.

Performance W. Kamau Bell wants to make you uncomfortable. Bell, one of the sharpest voices on race and politics in today’s comedy scene, has no qualms about calling out people’s assumptions, hypocrisie ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

At Full Tilt

On-the-rise comic Beth Stelling talks fan mail, tilted uteruses and tankinis.

Performance When you Google “Beth Stelling,” the first link that comes up is for the comedian’s website: sweetbeth.com. But click on that site, and your browser will try to take you to an online pharm ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Don’t Tell This Joke

On the eve of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, here are hacky lines that should be banned.

Performance Have you heard the one about the beards? In the seven years since it was established, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has swelled into one of Portland’s best annual events. It’s a boozy four-d ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Bridgetown Picks From The Funniest 5

Last November, WW polled the local comedy community to determine this city’s top five comedians. Here are their weekend recommendations.

Performance Amy Miller: See Jesse Elias! Not that Jesse needs my help to convince people he’s a genius, but I think Jesse’s a genius. We started around the same time in San Francisco, and he was one of ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.

Performance Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, DEBORAH KENNEDY

Beyond the Badger

Youtube legend Randall made a career for himself post-Honey Badger fame. Now he plays guidance counselor for other memes.

Performance In early 2011, a mysterious man, identifying himself only as “Randall,” posted a video to YouTube. A dubbed-over National Geographic segment on honey badgers, The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger fea ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

MusicfestNW 2013: Brian Posehn

Can an alt-comedy fartiste finally grow up—at age 47?

Performance Brian Posehn has been earning a living making people laugh for more than two decades, primarily by telling fart jokes. Recently, though, Posehn has done something he once vowed to avoid: tell jo ... More

Aug 28, 2013 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

The Funniest 5

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

Cover Story Portland comedy shows often feel like house parties. Half the people know each other, and everyone else is bonding over $2 tall boys while griping about OkCupid skeezeballs and roommates who flo ... More

Nov 20, 2013 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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