Bridgetown Comedy Festival Has Begun!

The 4th annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival starts today at 7pm and continues until 11pm Sunday. In 8 different venues along Hawthorne Boulevard, over 200 comedians from all over the country will be performing in a little over 70 different shows. These shows not only include stand up, but range from excellent long form improv (Theme Park, Curious Comedy Players), sketch (the Whitest Kids U Know), variety (Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, The Famous Mysterious Actor Show, Comedy Is OK, Snob Theater), film screenings (Killer Shrews, Tell Your Friends!), a live podcast (This American Wife) and even a one man show with Andy Dick.

This is some pretty serious shit.

Every year when the Bridgetown Comedy Festival happens, it is like Christmas for Portland’s comedians – more so than the real Christmas. Not only do we get to perform in front of great audiences (You?), we also get to rub shoulders with some of the smartest and most original comics in the stand up world, with new faces on the festival lineup every year. The real treat is for the audience member (You?) – for relatively cheap, one can come close as humanly possible to overdosing on comedy. And we’re talking top shelf comedy, motherfucker (You?).

You can either buy a Festival Pass – 80$, which gets you into any show on any day,
and then there are day passes and weekend passes, which are also a smokin hot deal. Of course if only one show in particular fits your needs, there will be a respective cover charge for that show.

{AUCHTUNG! Festival passes on sale for only 6 more hours from when I am writing this. The time is meow.}

Tickets

Now with all of that malarkey out of the way, the following is a list (in no particular order) of comics who you might have not heard of that deserve a mention as they are all well worth seeing:

DJ Dougg Pound
Eric Andre
Mike Drucker
Cameron Esposito
Jesse Case
John F. O’Donnell
Aparna Nanjerla
Hampton Yount
Dan Carroll
Toby Muresianu
Adam Cayton-Holland
Chris Garcia
Robert Buscemi
April Richardson
Keith Lowell Jensen
Tamra Brown
Janine Brito
Ron Lynch (ok you may have already heard of this guy. if not, go out of your way to see him)
Margaret Cho

I could go on, but then I would just be better off sending you a link to the performers page instead. Like I said earlier, lots of new faces from the last festival, and discovering comedians you love is what makes this festival so great.

The Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Eat Fresh Let’s make this precious.

- Christian Van Wade Ricketts

Marc Maron at Helium

Just a quick mention: Marc Maron is performing tomorrow and the rest of the week at Helium Comedy Club. If you haven’t listened to his podcast, then pull your head out of your ass and download some episodes, cause it’s the best. More info and buying tickets can be found on http://www.heliumcomedy.com – the Wednesday show is a bit cheaper, for all you cheap fucks out there (me).

Here’s a video of Marc interviewing the famous Latino Radio personality El Chupacabra:

Rose City Rollers Fundraiser Comedy Show at Red Velvet Parlour

Women like haircuts. Everybody knows that, especially the ladies. What women like more, besides Mel Gibson, are fundraiser comedy shows for people who are not suffering from cancer or anything serious besides the inability to stand perfectly still. So that covers appeal for one half of the population – and I am quite sure that men will enjoy this show as well (and not just because the place will be packed with breeding age human females).
The cause is important; the Rose City Rollers need money, so they can get orange slices at halftime. What I do know is that the money raised at this show will be going to Red Velvet Parlour, then to the rollers. So really if you come to the show and buy a ticket, you are sponsoring Red Velvet Parlour’s capacity to sponsor the Rose City Rollers. Look at you, supporting two causes! Like a regular Mother Fucking Theresa over here, and without the hidden Atheism.
The bottom line is that this is going to be an awesome show in a unique venue. I expect everyone in the city of Portland to attend.

Details:
Red Velvet Parlour
3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Lower Level
Portland, OR 97214

Friday January 14, 2011 (TODAY)
7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Performers (in no particular order):
Katie Brien
Alex Gavlick
Jimmy Newstetter
Tim Hammer
Christen Manville
Nick Walker
Kyle Harbert
Christian Ricketts
Jessie McCoy
Shawn Gray-Fleek
Zach Cole
Jen Allen
Justin Lawson
Gabe Dinger

Wine bar (probably some beer too), and a fun time photo booth for people. Not sure if there will be any chairs or a stage. Guess we’ll just have to have extra fun to make up for it :(

{EDITOR’S NOTE: I realize that the Mel Gibson movie referenced was ‘What Women Want’ not ‘What Women Like’, the poorly received sequel. Also, I finally got word that this show is 15$, because orange slices and capri suns are expensive maybe.}