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
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WILLIAM KENNEDY

Kickstand Comedy at Velo Cult Shut Down By City, Says Owner

Owner Sky Boyer cites zoning issues.


Arts & Books
Kickstand, the basement comedy space at Velo Cult bike shop and bar, was shut down by the city over the weekend, says owner Sky Boyer. Boyer says he expects the closure to be temporary, and that the issue arose after a visit by the Fire Marshal. (Portland Fire and Rescue has not yet been able to offer confirmation.)Events at the venue are already moving, following an announcement Sunday, March ...   More
Monday, March 23, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE and ENID SPITZ

2015 Bridgetown Comedy Festival Lineup Announced

Big names include Jonathan Katz, Jessica Williams and Dana Gould.


Arts & Books
Bridgetown Comedy Festival has announced its 2015 lineup. The big names include Jonathan Katz, the namesake of the early Comedy Central cult favorite Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, and Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, Twitter's favorite choice to replace Jon Stewart.Former Last Comic Standing judge Andy Kindler, Simpsons writer Dana Gould, Neil Hamburger ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Explosions In The Skype

Keep It Like a Secret—a comedy series inside the legendary Jackpot Recording Studios


Arts & Books
A grandmother, two rock stars, and a laptop walk into Jackpot! Recording Studio—is Keep It Like A Secret some new kinda joke?P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { }Inside the guitar-laden central chamber of a sound-baffled workshop painted a bright shade of honeydew we'll call Weezer Green, a dressed-down cross-section of upper-echelon indie Portland sat expectantly as Larry Crane balanced a laptop ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 JAY HORTON

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
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 WW Staff

Bromance Revisited: The Wedding Ringer Reviewed


Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: D+Weddings are one of life’s defining moments—a moment when two people pledge their everlasting love to each other in front of family, friends and their parents’ business associates. They are also, it turns out, when men realize they have no friends, and thus no groomsmen. That, at least, is the conceit in The Wedding Ringer, a new Kevin Hart vehicle that follows in the grand ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.

Comedy and Variety
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
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland, Dec. 26-28


Friday, Dec. 26The Von Trapps [THE HILLS ARE ALIVE] Turns out all that stuff in The Sound of Music—Julie Andrews, problems like Maria, “Edelweiss,” etc.—actually happened. In September 1938, the von Trapp family fled Nazi-occupied Austria and toured the U.S. as the “Trapp Family Singers.” Seventy-five years later, the great-grandchildren of Maria and Georg von Trapp continue to ...   More
Friday, December 26, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Hotseat: Erin Foley

The football-obsessed comedian talks about gluten, women in sports journalism and her plans to watch Friday's Oregon Ducks game.


Arts & Books
You may know Erin Foley as Alison, the industry-weary Rolling Stone fact-checker in Almost Famous. But since Foley started making her way around the late-night standup circuit, a much more exuberant persona has surfaced.By turns bubbly and absurdist, Foley claims, as so many comics do, that her career in standup was unlikely, and says she assumed she’d eventually wind up in front of a classroom, ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 RIHANNA WEISS

Hotseat: Greg Proops

The comedian, known for his standup and his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, on ocelots, the chattering classes and why he doesn't wear flannel.


Arts & Books
Erudite, suave and outspoken, Greg Proops is a comedic polymath. He's known not only for his standup and his work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, but also for his voice work and his oh-so-modestly titled podcast, The Smartest Man in the World. Splitting focus between those sundry endeavors, though, hasn’t done anything but embolden the entertainer, whose sarcasm-tinged sets examine film, music and politics. ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 DAVE CANTOR


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