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

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety
Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes,   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Funny On the Internet

Our favorite tweets from Portland comedians.

Comedy and Variety
Portland taught me that if you plant a food cart in fertile soil you’ll get a condo building in about a year. —Jason Traeger This guy asked me if I had had sex with a lot of men, and I was like,    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff

10 Portland Comedy Showcases Worth Seeing

Comedy and Variety
Am I Right, Ladies? Another week, another rape joke, another Twitter firestorm. This monthly showcase, produced by Jen Tam, positions itself as a counterbalance to the misogyny and sexism in the    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff


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