I Am Reviewing I Am Road Comic

I-am-road-comicJordan Brady is a comedian/filmmaker. You’ve probably seen some of his previous work – he’s the guy who shot Maria Bamford’s “Special Special Special” (available now on Netflix!) and he wrote and directed the 2010 documentary “I Am Comic”, which was partially shot at the 2009 Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He’s made a new documentary where he interviews comedians you love (Kyle Kinane, Nikki Glaser, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson, and many more) about road work, and does a gig of his own featuring for Wayne Federman in Kennewick, WA. That’s practically local! You know who opens for Jordan and Wayne? Eugene’s own Seth Milstein! We love Seth! Continue reading

an intro: Heather!

paradigm-shift-website-cropped-purchased-1024x600Hi, I’m Heather. I live in Portland, OR and I recently learned how to use a shift key. There are 2 of them, but I only use the one on the left!

I love comedy. Specifically, I love standup and sketch comedy. I like to go to shows and watch things online and on television. I’ve been going to comedy shows for about 10 years. I really like seeing live comedy in Portland. I’ve lived in Portland for about 4 years now and I moved here partly because I started going to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival so I thought Portland would be a magical land of free beer and friendly people and beautiful weather and free beer and soooo maaaany bridges. It turns out Portland is a magical land of cheap beer and some friendly people and some of the worst people that have ever existed and hard work and only like 10 or 15 bridges. The weather is difficult. It snowed here in February and some people liked it and some people didn’t. ANYWAY.

I’m not anyone. I’m not a performer, I’m not going to book you on anything, and I definitely can’t get you on a podcast. I hold no sway. I think sometimes people might know who I am because I’ve had the same stupid haircut for 16 years but generally I’m too scared to make eye contact, let alone ask if they think I need a haircut.

It feels really unnatural and gross to say “I” so much, so let’s talk about you.

You are probably a comedian who lives in Portland. You might be exclusively an audience member like myself, but you’re probably a comedian. You might be reading this because you’re hoping I’ll talk about who I like in town, or maybe who I don’t like. You’re almost certainly taller than me. You are thinking, right now, “I’m funnier than Heather.” You are right! You are funnier than me, and almost everything I plan to write here is a celebration of you and what you do. I want to write previews/reviews of your shows, so please tell me when they’re happening. I want to write things that you’ll read and enjoy. I don’t want to crap on your hard work or ruin anyone’s good time. HELP ME HELP YOU.

I also want to write some stuff that might not necessarily be enjoyable for comedians but hopefully it’ll be educational for audience members. Possible future topics include “Why the comedian onstage has a microphone and you don’t”, “Dick jokes: they’re kind of all the same and I didn’t ask to hear yours”, “I thought this was a comedy show but I guess it’s a good place for me to consider suicide since that’s what you seem to be doing”, “Everything in this bar is sticky”, “This show is too damn long”, “WHEN DID I GET SO OLD” and “Hey, who died and made you an admin on this blog?” (Nobody died, but Whitney said I could write some stuff and I intend to write stuff until I drive away everyone I care about.) Honestly, I think some of what I write here might not be enjoyable for anyone. My job allows me a lot of time to think and not talk, and a lot of those thoughts are poison. (I do go to a therapist, but she wants me to work on developing software and not cooking pizza because software would pay me enough to afford more than one therapist visit every 3 months, so now my problems are going to be your problems too~) On a scale of “HBO costs too much money for me to understand your Game of Thrones references” to “I think I probably have soul cancer” to “It doesn’t make sense for me to be an alive person when there are so many dead people” I promise to try to keep the darkness around a 6 or a 7. I do want to kind of explore some ideas about comedy and comedians and audience members and how we’re all in this together, but it rains a lot in Portland and we all get sad here so inevitably there will be some sad bastard navel-gazing crap. You don’t have to read it.

Anyway, I’m not a very experienced writer and I wouldn’t dare call myself a comedian, but I hate the idea that a lot of comedy writing seems to be more about creating things vaguely known as “content” instead of writing things that are actually relevant to fans or writers of comedy. I love comedy and I love Portland and I love you, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone who took the time to read this all the way through.

Kickstart A Poster For The 2014 Bridgetown Comedy Festival

With the 2014 Bridgetown Comedy Festival fast approaching, the creative hackles of Portland’s comedy community have been alert and stirring in all manner of related ways, especially so in the crowd funding arena. Earlier in the year we saw the inklings of the first documentary dedicated to exploring the origins of the festival spearheaded by local indie filmmakers Adam Smith and Shannon Hunt. Now with the fest just under three weeks away a new Kickstarter has popped up, in pursuit of creating the first ever run of screen printed posters for the festival.The project is run by local Portland comic, graphic designer, and generally tall person, Danny Felts.

After acting as one of the working graphic designers for the festival, Felts approached the organizers of Bridgetown with the intention of making a large format print that would highlight the festivals performers.

“If you look at other events like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo, or SXSW, you’ll notice one of the backbones of these festivals is a large flatstock poster festival built into the festival whose sole purpose is for screen printers and designers to get there work out there. In the past I think screen printing has been perceived more as a way to create t-shirts and mass produced stickers and what have you, but over the last decade or so there’s been this surge of just AMAZING artists who have created just some of the most beautiful pieces of work I’ve ever seen. The best part is because screen printing is essentially intricate stencil work, these pieces are easily reproducible and can be sold at much cheaper prices than conventional paintings. At their very best, a good poster can can articulate the feeling of a festival/band/artist in a neat 18×24 print.”

If you’re here during the festival you can pick up a print in person for a cool $10, and if you’re real sporting you can pledge $100 and Felts’ will call you on your birthday for 5 years. And of course you get the poster. Check it out here.