Portland Improv is Banging and Burning

The Stumptown Improv Festival is back, and bigger.

Comedy and Variety Even after a successful first year, the Stumptown Improv Festival is still working overtime to convince Portlanders what improv isn’t—a self-indulgent form of expression that solely occurs at spar ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Coming Up Fast

First came Money, then came Love, next up for Whitney Cummings…a baby carriage?

Comedy and Variety 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings likes to plan far ahead. The Money Shot and I Love You celebricomic has a landslide of opportunity on her doorstep—simultaneous network and cable spots, end ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

United We Laugh

Hari Kondabolu doesn’t want you to come for dick jokes.

Comedy and Variety Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, comedian Hari Kondabolu has parlayed a master’s degree in human rights into a successfu ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WILLIAM KENNEDY

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

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funny Knows Funny

We asked past Funniest 5 comics to pick what’s best at this year’s Bridgetown.

Comedy and Variety Nathan BrannonIMAGE: Inger Klekacz7 Minutes in Purgatory at Doug Fir Lounge, 7 pm Saturday. $20.  Ian Abramson created this show, where comedians do their standup set in a soundproof room to ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Multnomah Falls (Funhouse Lounge)

The Falls falls, hard.

Comedy and Variety You’d think an improv-fueled, Portland-centric parody of glitzy Reagan-era melodramas was inspired by Portland’s original version—Pillars of Portland, the ’80s PDX soap by former WW colu ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Karmel Kwiz

Comedy and Variety You know who Ian Karmel is. You know he’s one of the biggest standup comedians to come out of Portland, you know he’s written for Chelsea Handler, and you might even know he’s now writing ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Michael McDonald

Comedy and Variety The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The Haha House

Standup comedy invades the living rooms and garages of Portland.

Comedy and Variety House shows have been a staple of the music scene forever. But there’s a different art form encroaching onto this turf: standup comedy. In a town with more comics than there are open slots ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

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

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Comedian Gabe Dinger

A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.

Fall Arts Two years ago, comedian Gabe Dinger placed third in Portland’s Funniest Person contest at Helium Comedy Club. Last year, he was second. This year, everyone told him it was his time. He plac ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule As deranged as it may seem to the layman, the surrealistic nightmare world inhabited by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is ultimately a friendly place. How else ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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