Countown to Bridgetown: It’s 8 Days Away, and Phil has Opinions!

You! Lone traveler through the ethereal internet! Thank goodness you have stumbled upon this blog post! Would you like some tea? Um.. one sec…..Huh….I’m sorry, I would love to give you some tea, but as you can see, I am just text. Bummer, right?

Since I have your ear (eyes?), would you like to learn about some amazing performers arriving at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival? What say you? Hm? I’m waiting… C’mon, say something! Damnit! Once again, I am reminded that I am simply text, and although I can emulate a regular conversation, I can by no means participate in one.

As far as learning about some performers of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, you really don’t have a choice in the matter. So suck it.

Perhaps you’ve seen this lady on Flight of the Concords or the Daily Show. Mayhaps you’ve heard her voice on Bob’s Burgers. If you have, you’ve probably been struck by how funny she is, or a chair. If you’ve been struck by how funny she is, then you should know that her name is Kristin Schaal (if it’s the chair thing, contact the police). She is a winner of multiple comedy awards (yes, comedy awards are a thing), and together with her comedy companion Kurt Braunohler, they make amazing comedy. Comedy that makes you want to throw away all other comedy you’ve seen and live a monastic, laughing life. Both Kurt and Kristin are fabulous solo acts, but together they form a sort of comedy Megatron that is nigh-unstoppable. See them!

Brett Gelman is one of the most groundbreaking performers working today. He’s not a landscaper. He breaks ground, not regular ground, but comedy ground. Perhaps he could be described as comedy landscaper. He’s done numerous appearances on the hilarious podcast CDR radio, and worked as a writer and performer on the HBO series Funny or Die Presents. You would do yourself only harm by missing his performances.

–Phil Schallberger

Countdown to Bridgetown: Check Out This Awesome Comic Pete Holmes!

If you are even slightly aware of the comedy world in Portland, you are starting to get that tingly excited feeling in your gut that can only mean one thing: the Bridgetown Comedy Festival is fast approaching! We are three weeks away from opening night. To help fan the fires of excitement, we here at the PDX Comedy Blog are going to be highlighting some of our favorite comedians, both national and local, that are appearing this year.

So I’ll start with one of my favorites: PETE HOLMES! (pronounced ala STEVE HOLT from Arrested Development). Not only is he awesome, but today also happens to be his birthday!

Holmes is a fantastic stand-up comedian, weaving improv into his shockingly funny observations about life. His self-deprecation is utterly endearing and he’s smart. He’s got a half-hour Comedy Central Presents as well as killer appearances on Premium Blend, John Oliver’s show, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, which is ultra impressive because those people are frumpy but Pete Holmes seems like a generally positive dude.

Even though he has all those superprofessional sets online, this is my favorite Pete Holmes video. It is him at Bobby Tisdale and Eugene Mirman’s show Invite Them Up New York. I saw this a few months into doing stand-up and it completely blew my mind. He starts after something weird, digs himself an enormously awkward hole, and then uses it to great triumph. I’ve watched it an embarrassing number of times and it continues to make me laugh every time. Watch the second part after this one, it’s just as great. Ok, everybody, Pete Holmes!

— Whitney

Moshe Kasher at Helium Comedy Club

Helium sure is bringing a bunch of talented performers to Portland. Too bad I can’t afford to go to any of their goddamn shows though. But lo! This Wednesday is a reasonably priced showcase, with a better than reasonable comic: Moshe Kasher. Kasher has a unique performance style that is fast paced, acerbic, witty and smart. Those are all good things. You may have seen Moshe during one of the past Bridgetown Comedy Festivals, and you may have even had sex with him. One can’t be too sure. I think it would be very nice of you to go and watch this show, and enjoy yourself for once. You should allow yourself to have fun more often, instead of making the people around you uncomfortable all the time. And maybe start dressing differently. You could at least make it look like you care. Maybe do something about the width of your face as well; humans weren’t meant to eat so many chips. I mean, just look at all the stuff in this [picks up bag] uh I hate to think what this is doing to your body – cottonseed oil? Red 40? etc. Hey I have an idea, lets go see Moshe Kasher, with feature Richard Bain, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. The show is 10$ presale and 15$ at the door, so get on that. Here is a video, followed by some press reviews that he likes enough to share:

{Los Angeles-based stand up comic, Moshe Kasher, iTunes comedian of the year and a regularly
featured guest on E’s Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central is heading to
Portland for a one night engagement on Wednesday October 27th at Helium Comedy Club.

Kasher, an international headlining comedian is heading to the northwest after a year of extensively
…touring the world. Tour highlights include: South By Southwest festival, Sydney Australia’s Comedy
Store, Sasquatch Music Festival, Killkeny Ireland’s “ Cat Laughs” festival, Vancouver’s “ Comedyfest”
and more. Declared by Punchline Magazine as “ One of the most important comedians to watch” , Kasher was also described by the Irish Times as “ quick talking, very smart and a deft observer of all that is wrong,
profoundly wrong, with today’ s society. Strap yourself in” . The Denver Post calls him “ “Smart, dirty,
sharp, self-deprecating and ultimately hilarious”}