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

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook

Comedy and Variety
Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

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


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