One of Portland’s top comics is leaving for L.A.

Comedy and Variety
Over the past few years, Portland has grown into a hotbed of standup comedy nights, but it still doesn’t have the paid gigs needed to carry a large roster of working comics. For that, there are basi   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Top 5 Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s She Said/She Said Tour Once called the future of comedy by Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito was named Comedian of the Year by Consequence of Sound, crowned N   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Den of Laughs

Portland’s most inviting comedy scene is underground.

Fall Arts
Every Friday and Saturday, even on the Fourth of July and Halloween, Danny Felts books comics at Al’s Den. Below the hanging pink lights in the expansive basement of the Crystal Hotel, Felts manag   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Hotseat: Brooks Wheelan

One year on SNL is plenty.

Comedy and Variety
Not very many people are both a biomedical engineer and a Saturday Night Live alum. In fact, Brooks Wheelan might be the only person on earth with both on his résumé.  Born and raised in Iowa   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.

Music Stories
If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program, the first thing you must know is that its phone lines are a sacred space, and host Tom Scharpling guards    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

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
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 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
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 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
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


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