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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

Welcome to Bridgetown 2015

bridgetown 2015

Arts & Books
Bridgetown Comedy Festival, in all its drunken stumbling and standup glory, has arrived. The annual comedy fest takes over the heart of inner Southeast May 7-10. Expect a steady infusion of comics and fans, five PBRs in, who think they are comics. Locals, including some of our past Funniest 5, join headliners like Jonathan Katz, The Simpsons writer Dana Gould, The Daily ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Countdown to Bridgetown: 7 Minutes in Purgatory


Arts & Books
Do you like your comedy experimental and with a side of solipsism? 7 Minutes in Purgatory is for you.The premise is simple: separate the comic and the audience. They’re both still there, existing in parallel universes. But the standup is performed in a soundproof booth, viewed by live feed, with the comedian getting absolutely no feedback on which jokes are landing. It begs the question: If an audience ...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Countdown to Bridgetown: Heart of Darkness


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Opposite of yesterday's pick, Heart of Darkness is collaborative and communal, a "bimonthly, bicoastal,” multimedia melange—or as its host, comedian Greg Barris puts it, “The World's Most Important Live Event.” Heart of Darkness - The World's Most Important Live Event from Karmalize Productions on Vimeo. Previous themes for the stellar standup show included “in space” and “placebo ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Countdown to Bridgetown: The CrabFeast, why "Toozdees" are the best days


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Comedians Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson have made Tuesdays—or Toozdees, as they call them— a weekly holiday for their significant following. That’s when they drop new episodes of The CrabFeast podcast, more than an hour’s worth of comedy luminaries telling their tales.Here they are yelling a lot about bags of dicks with Emmy-nominated Aisha Tyler:  Last year at Doug Fir Lounge, the ...   More
Monday, May 4, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Countdown to Bridgetown: Blaria, best friends forever


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New Yorker Phoebe Robinson and her bestie, Jessica Williams, do a lot together, including host the monthly, live show Blaira (“black Daria"). Robinson’s comedy is biting, political, and made all the better by her laid-back delivery. Right now, she’s all over TimeOut NY, the Today show and Last Comic Standing, but she and Williams will take over the Doug Fir on Friday to co-host an impressive ...   More
Saturday, May 2, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Countdown to Bridgetown: Brendon Small, the Velvet Underground of comedians


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Death-metal demigod Brendon Small has a musician’s sense of good timing, and he uses it to create cartoon universes...and some of the best programming on Adult Swim. Small graduated from Berklee College of Music, his 2009 Dethalbum II is the highest-ranked death-metal album in Billboard history, and he’s responsible for unforgettable characters like Metalocalypse’s Danzig-esque Nathan Explosion. ...   More
Sunday, May 3, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Prepare Yourself for Bridgetown Comedy Fest 2015


Arts & Books
You have exactly one week to prepare your liver for Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Every year in May, armies of well-liquored fans and aspiring comedians overrun Southeast Portland for four days (or nights, rather) of open mics, headlining shows like the 20th anniversary of Dr. Katz, and the really funny shit that happens on drunken walks from the Doug Fir to Revolution Hall. Expect live coverage ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Countdown to Bridgetown: Kate Berlant, the Stoned Philoso-comic


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The Bridgetown Comedy Festival is only six days away. Then you get four chances to see Kate Berlant deliver a very different kind of observational comedy.Kate Berlant is a megalomaniac self-help guru. She’s a stoned philosophy major who’s cornered you at a party. She's an existentialist-poet. She’s a futurist with an edge of Borscht Belt — which is to ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

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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