Hotseat: Laurie Kilmartin

The Conan staff writer talks about dead dad jokes, working in TV and offending her audience.

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Arts & Books
Laurie Kilmartin leads a double—or triple—life. She’s been onstage for 27 years, spending time in the last decade writing punchlines for late-nite TV, including her current stint on Conan. Kilmartin’s still a nightclub fixture, though, cracking jokes about all the uncomfortable daily problems we encounter—everything from race to family matters—in an all-knowing and wry tone. She’s ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Hotseat: Wyatt Cenac

The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent on Bill Cosby, puppets and gory cartoons.

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Arts & Books
Wyatt Cenac spent four years on The Daily Show with John Stewart. It’s easy to hear how some of his longer standup bits bear that influence: A politically charged, cynical overtone courses through his stories. Still, he was doing standup long before landing the Comedy Central gig, and he also worked on King of the Hill. Cenac’s jokes aren’t necessarily topical, instead covering ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

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
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW Staff

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
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dispatches from the Last Weekly Recurring Humor Night

After more than three years, Whitney Streed's weekly standup showcase comes to an end.

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Arts & Books
Local funny lady Whitney Streed closed the door Wednesday evening on the Weekly Recurring Humor Night at the Tonic Lounge. Streed’s weekly standup showcase, ending a three-and-a-half year run, has been one of the sturdiest staples of the local comedy scene, and many regulars turned out last night to help close the show’s run. Streed dropped the biggest knowledge nugget in the middle of ...   More
 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 MIKE ACKER

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
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


Comedy and Variety
Last weekend, the Great American Rape Joke Debate finally hit Portland. It’s been a long-boiling controversy in the comedy world: Who can joke about rape and when? These questions have also ra   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Earth Mother

Comedian Margaret Cho explains why we can all be mothers if we want.


Theater
Margaret Cho doesn’t have any kids of her own. But that doesn’t mean she’s not a mother—or, rather, that she can’t mother anyone she wants. The personally and politically outspoken com   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

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
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, DEBORAH KENNEDY

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