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.”


Theater
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.


Theater
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

MEET YOUR CITY COUNCIL: Randy Leonard—The Musical


News
The Candidates Gone Wild event, presented by WW and the Bus Project, has been wildly successful in letting political figures show their hidden talents to voters. Lately, Adrian Chen has been diving into the raw footage from the last CGW event for our Wednesday "Meet Your City Council" feature and coming up with nuggets like this one: [vimeo 1567111] You can see Adrian's amazing mockterview with ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Adrian Chen

Nobody Works Anymore: Freaky Friday Edition


News
"Man Skin": Okay, so maybe it's time to visit Dad's old aftershave after all. Personally, the jalapeno man-popper makes me hot. "Ceiling Cat": or God. You decide. (Dlisted.com) Forget The Texas goat-sucker: Who doesn't love lil' puppy-wuppies—oh, god... it's the chupacabra! He just wanted the ring back. But what's with the Samurai sword? The "Idol": "Now I've learned my A,B...WTF? ...   More
 
Friday, August 22, 2008 Byron Beck

Merkley: Rhymes With Barkley?


News
Following Jeff Merkley's condemnation of robocalls and subsequent embrace of them, we have this tangentially related robo-tidbit. Tipster Glen Carson alerted us to an exceptionally lame robo-call message, left on his answering machine, which paraphrases Merkley's Georgia gaffe and directs listeners to "hear the whole story" at a website called Freedom's Watch. The mocking voice declares that ...   More
 
Friday, August 29, 2008 Tony Piff

Nobody Works Any More: Freaked Out Friday


News
BREAKING UPDATE: One rope of meat graffiti (reported a week ago by Nobody Works) has gone missing. The remaining strand hangs defiantly, grease pool spreading. Mythic keeper of the gates of Hades, Cerberus, spotted at last night's MFNW VIP party. The CREEPIEST. In case you missed it, the 29-yr-old pedophile who faked being a grade schooler, fooling even his his 44- and 61-yr old ...   More
 
Friday, September 5, 2008 Tony Piff

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