Laugh now, cry later.
Amy Miller and Sean Jordan are leaving for Los Angeles, California.
Yes, both of them.
Together, on the same day.
Miller is originally from Oakland, as anyone who has had even a two minute conversations with her knows.
Jordan comes from Southern Dakota, near Fargo.
Both are now ready for larger leagues.
"I love this city, I absolutely love it. Portland was the first city I lived in that wasn't in South Dakota so you can imagine the impact it had on me," Jordan says. "I moved here right when our comedy scene really started taking shape so I was very lucky in that way as well. This city is fantastic and will continue to be I'm terrified of LA."
"Being from the Bay Area, most of the people I started comedy with live in LA now so I won't be short on shows…until the comics of LA figure out I'm not a visitor anymore," Miller says.
Amy Miller, you might remember, came out on top of our inaugural poll of the Portland comedy scene back in 2013. Sean Jordan won in 2014. The most recent poll year? Well, Susan Rice already moved to LA for comedy once, back in the 80s, and has returned to be the godmother of the new scene. So she's probably here to stay, right?
Amy and Sean leave a huge hole in the Portland comedy scene, as they've become go-to openers for touring comedians and reliable draws at the city's top regular comedy nights. Their last show is slated for Sunday, March 13 at the Aladdin Theater.
The lineup alone attests to their connections in the city.
"The show will be a good chunk of time from both of us, plus a few of our favorite comics. Not all of them…some hearts are bound to be broken but the venue has a curfew! Plus a house band/Portland musical supergroup including Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Hutch Harris (The Thermals), Emily Overstreet (Great Wilderness/ Bitch'n), and Adam Shearer (Weinland)," Miller says. "Thinking of calling them The White Guys."
There will be plenty of time to discuss the next steps for the Portland comedy scene, which has seen high-profile defections from the likes of Ron Funches, Shane Torres and Ian Karmel in the last year or so.
Miller and Jordan say not to worry.
"Three years ago I moved here and nobody had any idea who I was, so there's no telling who could end up being one of Portland's 'best' comics three years from now," Miller says.
"I've had the pleasure of watching some of the best comics in the city since they started and the growth is amazing. When people leave it gives their opportunities to others who are very deserving," Jordan says. "I forget sometimes how talented some of the people in this city truly are. If I actually sit back and watch the show sometimes, instead of looking at my jokes on my phone or listening to music and zoning out, I'm amazed at the level some of these fools are at."
We'll have more from Miller and Jordan in the weeks to come.