At Full Tilt

On-the-rise comic Beth Stelling talks fan mail, tilted uteruses and tankinis.


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When you Google “Beth Stelling,” the first link that comes up is for the comedian’s website: sweetbeth.com. But click on that site, and your browser will try to take you to an online pharm   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Q&A: Maz Jobrani

The Iranian-born comedian and co-founder of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour talks about ethnic stereotypes, metal detectors and why he won't play a terrorist.

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Maz Jobrani is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. Born in Iran, his family moved to California when Jobrani was six. He got his standup start at the Comedy Store and has since become known for his bridge-building style of comedy that mines misconceptions about the Middle East. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.


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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

UPDATING: A List of Locals Accepted to Perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Growing slate of Portland comics scheduled to perform at this year's festival.

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In six years, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has boomed in size, and it's played a huge role in getting Portland on the standup map. This year, the fest is moving to May, when big-name national comedians and gobs of local comics will take over Hawthorne for four days. Today, comics were told who's been accepted to the festival.Bridgetown organizer Maura Brown was not yet authorized to speak ...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Funniest 5

Meet Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.


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Portland comedy shows often feel like house parties. Half the people know each other, and everyone else is bonding over $2 tall boys while griping about OkCupid skeezeballs and roommates who flo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 WW Staff

Earth Mother

Comedian Margaret Cho explains why we can all be mothers if we want.


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Margaret Cho doesn’t have any kids of her own. But that doesn’t mean she’s not a mother—or, rather, that she can’t mother anyone she wants. The personally and politically outspoken com   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

All Jane No Dick: Days 2 and 3

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WW writer Mike Acker reports from days 2 and 3 of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. Read his first post here.Who holds an all-female comedy festival on a full moon? That was a question posed by local comedy legend Susan Rice at Friday’s early show at the Alberta Rose Theater. Rice recently celebrated her 30th year as a professional stand-up comedian, and there was a rather poignant moment ...   More
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 MIKE ACKER

All Jane No Dick: Moments From Day 1

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WW writer Mike Acker selects his top moments from the first night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick, which kicked off yesterday. The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here.1. Ten minutes into their opening set, Canadian improv comics Tegan Verheul and Sarah Szloboda (collectively known as Tegan and Sarah Improv) stop. In the midst of playing two sorority-sister ...   More
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


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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.


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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

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