The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.


Theater
For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.


Comedy and Variety
As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

New Comedy Venue Opening in Basement of Bike Shop

Kickstand Comedy Space will run out of Velo Cult's basement on weekday evenings.

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Arts & Books
A new comedy venue is about to open in the basement of a bike shop.With a soft opening slated for Dec. 8 and a full launch in January, Kickstand Comedy Space will be the downstairs neighbor to Velo Cult, the Hollywood neighborhood bike shop/bar. The four founders—Dylan Reiff, Garrett Palm, Dan Weber and Nick Beaird—envision Kickstand as a comedy gym and a hub for both standups and improvisers to ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Tig Notaro

Answers the comedian didn't copy and paste from elsewhere.

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Arts & Books
Tig Notaro has been doing a lot of email interviews lately.That was pretty clear when I received the comedian’s answers to the questions I’d emailed her weeks ago. Some were carbon copies of responses she’d given to publications elsewhere in the country. A few answers were identical to those published in the Oregonian and the Mercury.Yes, journalists ask the same questions and, yes, it must ...   More
 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Anthony Jeselnik

Talking with the "Satanic prince of standup," who hits Portland for back-to-back shows tonight.

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Arts & Books
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik has been called the "Satanic prince of standup.” His deadpan sense of charm underscores his morbidity, and he has a knack for twisting normal situations into sickening epiphanies in a nonchalant manner. Jeselnik got his break writing for Jimmy Fallon, but he’s perhaps best known for his roasts of Roseanne Barr, Charlie Sheen and, especially, Donald Trump.The Pittsburgh-born, ...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines From Day Three

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Arts & Books
WW writers Rebecca Jacobson and Saundra Sorenson select their top moments from the third night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. Many of these comedians will perform again this weekend. The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here. “Some middle-school bully really dropped the ball.” —Bri Pruett, on her positive body image“It’s ...   More
 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines From Day Four

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Arts & Books
WW writers Rebecca Jacobson and Saundra Sorenson select their top moments from the fourth night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. The festival continues through today; check out the schedule here. “I wouldn’t say I’m homosexual. Lately, I’m stranger-sexual. Or acquaintance-curious.” —Whitney Streed“I’m going to make a sex-positive masturbation ...   More
 
Sunday, October 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines From Day Two

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Arts & Books
WW writers Rebecca Jacobson and Saundra Sorenson select their top moments from the second night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here. Read the best lines from day one here.“Did you forget the point of our friendship? I just follow you around and finish things you’re ashamed of. ‘I can’t finish ...   More
 
Friday, October 17, 2014 WW Staff

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines from Day One

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Arts & Books
WW writer James Helmsworth selects his top moments from the first night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick, which kicked off yesterday with a showcase of local comics (plus Kyle Mizono). The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here. Read our Q&A with comedian Kate Berlant here, and find some of our festival picks here.(And for those ...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

No Nonsense

Comedian Kate Berlant on academia, therapy and pope jokes.


Comedy and Variety
People trip over themselves trying to describe comedian Kate Berlant. The 27-year-old takes the stage with discursive, high-energy monologues dense with academic jargon. Her digressions about    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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