All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines From Day Four


Arts & Books
WW writers Rebecca Jacobson and Saundra Sorenson select their top moments from the fourth night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. The festival continues through today; check out the schedule here. “I wouldn’t say I’m homosexual. Lately, I’m stranger-sexual. Or acquaintance-curious.” —Whitney Streed“I’m going to make a sex-positive masturbation ...   More
Sunday, October 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines From Day Two


Arts & Books
WW writers Rebecca Jacobson and Saundra Sorenson select their top moments from the second night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here. Read the best lines from day one here.“Did you forget the point of our friendship? I just follow you around and finish things you’re ashamed of. ‘I can’t finish ...   More
Friday, October 17, 2014 WW Staff

All Jane No Dick 2014: Best Lines from Day One


Arts & Books
WW writer James Helmsworth selects his top moments from the first night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick, which kicked off yesterday with a showcase of local comics (plus Kyle Mizono). The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule here. Read our Q&A with comedian Kate Berlant here, and find some of our festival picks here.(And for those ...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

No Nonsense

Comedian Kate Berlant on academia, therapy and pope jokes.

Comedy and Variety
People trip over themselves trying to describe comedian Kate Berlant. The 27-year-old takes the stage with discursive, high-energy monologues dense with academic jargon. Her digressions about    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Shane Torres

The soon-to-depart comedian on why he's petrified about New York City, brunch with Whitney Streed and how Portland comics need to work harder.


Arts & Books
It’s a sad day in Portland comedy. Standup stalwart Shane Torres is decamping for New York City. Torres, who was runner-up in WW’s Funniest 5 poll last year, has been a rock in Portland’s comedy landscape since 2007. The Texas-raised comedian (and self-described "Native American Meatloaf impersonator") has witnessed the scene grow from poorly attended, anything-goes open-mic nights to packed, ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Laurie Kilmartin

The Conan staff writer talks about dead dad jokes, working in TV and offending her audience.


Arts & Books
Laurie Kilmartin leads a double—or triple—life. She’s been onstage for 27 years, spending time in the last decade writing punchlines for late-nite TV, including her current stint on Conan. Kilmartin’s still a nightclub fixture, though, cracking jokes about all the uncomfortable daily problems we encounter—everything from race to family matters—in an all-knowing and wry tone. She’s ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Hotseat: Wyatt Cenac

The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent on Bill Cosby, puppets and gory cartoons.

09.12.14 wyatt cenac @ hawthorne (credit eric michael pearson)

Arts & Books
Wyatt Cenac spent four years on The Daily Show with John Stewart. It’s easy to hear how some of his longer standup bits bear that influence: A politically charged, cynical overtone courses through his stories. Still, he was doing standup long before landing the Comedy Central gig, and he also worked on King of the Hill. Cenac’s jokes aren’t necessarily topical, instead covering ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Portland Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts
Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule As deranged as it may seem to the layman, the surrealistic nightmare world inhabited by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is ultimately a friendly place. How else   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW Staff

Comedian Gabe Dinger

A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.

Fall Arts
Two years ago, comedian Gabe Dinger placed third in Portland’s Funniest Person contest at Helium Comedy Club. Last year, he was second. This year, everyone told him it was his time. He plac   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dispatches from the Last Weekly Recurring Humor Night

After more than three years, Whitney Streed's weekly standup showcase comes to an end.

streed at tonic

Arts & Books
Local funny lady Whitney Streed closed the door Wednesday evening on the Weekly Recurring Humor Night at the Tonic Lounge. Streed’s weekly standup showcase, ending a three-and-a-half year run, has been one of the sturdiest staples of the local comedy scene, and many regulars turned out last night to help close the show’s run. Streed dropped the biggest knowledge nugget in the middle of ...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2014 MIKE ACKER


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