E-40 For President

Amy Miller on America's last tycoon.

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Music
I re-watched Citizen Kane this week and got to feeling sad that we don’t really have “tycoons” anymore. We have super-rich people, we have talentless celebrity types, we have Rupert Murdochs and Ted Turners of the world quietly sitting back, controlling media and wrinkling under an electric blanket. I couldn’t pick either of them out of a lineup of other pruny white men. Gone are the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 AMY MILLER

Ready, Set List, Go: Amy Miller’s First Day at Bridgetown 2015

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Arts & Books
Bridgetown, Day 1 (or 6) by Amy Miller I’m tired already. Can I take a nap? Maybe this mimosa knows the answer to my feelings...And so begins the second day of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, technically. Portland comics thought it started last Friday, and we’ve been making poor decisions ever since.Wednesday night, the unofficial pre-festival show at Analog Cafe was supposed to be a send up to ...   More
 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 AMY MILLER

Audience Abducted from Boogie's: Amy Miller's Bridgetown 2015

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Arts & Books
I don’t feel human anymore. But I did make some sweet discoveries today:Guy Branum’s Talk Show: The Game Show is one of the more brilliant live show ideas I’ve seen. A panel of comedians judged every aspect of his talk show, from his monologue to the guests’ abilities to name-drop. Sprinkle in admittedly drunk Arden Myrin after an afternoon tour of New Deal Distillery, and it’s all magic.Speaking ...   More
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015 AMY MILLER

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
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Fresh Meat: Johnny Marr

The Former Smiths Guitarist (And Former Portland Resident) Won’t Grow a Beard but Might Like to Build a Clone Commune

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Fresh meat
Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers or latecomers to Portland about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepare properly. This week Miller talks with guitarist Johnny Marr, who is originally from Manchester, England. I struggled with the right approach to a ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 AMY MILLER

Fresh Meat: Yelp Retiree Brandon Bickford

The second employee and chief software engineer at Yelp.... emeritus

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Fresh meat
Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepare properly. This week Miller talks with Yelp Employee # 2 Brandon Bickford, who is originally from Redding, Calif.  It’s happening. This crazy internet thing has been so successful ...   More
 
Friday, October 24, 2014 AMY MILLER

Fresh Meat: Curtis Cook

The Ohio-raised comedian, writer and co-host of Black By Popular Demand 2.


Comedy and Variety
Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepa   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AMY MILLER

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!

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Arts & Books
There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living Documentary, struck notes of whip-smart hilarity with her motivational-speaker schtick. Tonight, Mammalian Diving Reflex opens All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, in which 60- and 70-somethings ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 WW Staff

Scene Setter

Newcomer Amy Miller explains Portland’s comedy booms and busts.


Culture Features
Cat photos. Cat photos. Girls in yoga pants. Cat photos. Tupac shrine. Pizza. Purple weed. Arrested Development GIFs. Wait, what’s this on my Tumblr feed? Oh, it’s Beaverton-bred standup comic Ian   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

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