Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


Performance
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

Scene Setter

Newcomer Amy Miller explains Portland’s comedy booms and busts.


Culture Features
Cat photos. Cat photos. Girls in yoga pants. Cat photos. Tupac shrine. Pizza. Purple weed. Arrested Development GIFs. Wait, what’s this on my Tumblr feed? Oh, it’s Beaverton-bred standup comic Ian   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout Picks: 8/21/13


Headout Picks
WEDNESDAY AUG. 21 NO AGE [MUSIC] Serving as an effective encapsulation of some of the best ideas coming out of L.A.’s underground punk scene in the past five years, this basement-dwelling duo    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Q&A: Ron Funches

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Arts & Books
All good things, it seems, must eventually move to Hollywood: Ron Funches, one of Portland's best standup comics, is taking his talents to Los Angeles next month. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, the 29-year-old comedian relocated to Oregon to escape persecution for being "the only brother on the block into bumping Alanis Morrisette." Juxtaposing a disarmingly childlike demeanor with jokes ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Mock Star

Carrie Brownstein is making fun of you.


Cover Story
In her 10 years as a Portlander, Carrie Brownstein has been many things: a guitarist, an actress, a blogger, an advertising writer, a dog trainer and, most recently, the creator of a TV series...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 AARON MESH

Q&A: Hannibal Buress

Four questions for the “new Mitch Hedberg.”


Performance
Many of today’s successful young comedians spent their childhoods consuming classic comedy and fantasizing about making people laugh for a living. Hannibal Buress had other dreams. “I wanted    More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Reggie Watts (Helium Comedy Club)

The art of eccentric improv.


Performance
Reggie Watts has no idea what he’ll say when he takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. In fact, he won’t until the moment he actually grabs his mics—one plugged into the speaker,    More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 AP KRYZA

Portland's Auggie Smith Jokes His Way to Victory


News
The world of stand-up comedy is usually an unrewarding one, where performers are tortured by the realization that their jokes will not yield grocery money, but Portland comedian Auggie Smith is proving to be a major comedy contender. He just won the two most renowned comedy competitions in the nation. He took first place in the 31st annual Seattle Comedy Competition this past Sunday night, ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

“Best of the Best Sketch Fest” Hits Portland


News
This Friday and Saturday, Portland's string of comedy festivals this year continues. "The 6th Annual Best of the Best Sketch Fest," organized by Blue Door Productions, has invited eight sketch comedy troupes from around the country to take the stage at Artists Repertory Theater and make Portlanders crack up with their piss-your-pants hilarity. This year's lineup includes: Dirty Jeans & Thunderchief ...   More
 
Thursday, August 7, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE

Who Works Anymore? Bits I Found On the Web Before My Boss Caught Me Goofin' Off


News
SPRINGFIELD: Not that Springfield. This Springfield. PHELPS FEVER: The only clip that's really worth watching is here. GUITAR ZERO: His parents should be put in jail. DEAD MAN STANDING: So sweet...or gross. You decide. OREGON IDLE: That American Idol chicklet, Kristy Lee Cook, who says she lives in Selma Oregon, (but if gossip is to be believed really lives in either Nashville or L.A.) ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Byron Beck

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