Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott

Comedy and Variety
For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts

Comedy and Variety
Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber

Comedy and Variety
Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 RIHANNA WEISS

Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing

Comedy and Variety
Levine Large youtube.com/user/levinelargepodcast Sure, Kristine Levine is funny. Everybody knows that. But what you might not know is that her kids are funny, too. In Levine Large, the blue-collar   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WW Staff

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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