Hotseat: Ryan Sickler

The CrabFeast co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills.

Comedy and Variety Many standup comedians aspire to that vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by. Ryan Sick ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Interview: The Weird and Wonderful Emo Philips

Oh, The Humanity.

Comedy and Variety Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.

Comedy and Variety 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

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

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Don’t Tell This Joke

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

Comedy and Variety 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.

Comedy and Variety 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

Little Bit Helps

Kristine Levine serves budding comics with constructive criticism.

Comedy and Variety The diplomatic version is that Kristine Levine is not a huge fan of comedy open-mic nights. But anyone who knows Levine, a blue-collar East Portland comedienne whose last appearance in these pag ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beyond the Badger

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

Comedy and Variety 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

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

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

Comedy and Variety 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

At Full Tilt

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

Comedy and Variety 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
 

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