Category Archives: Improv

Fool’s Gold: A Comedy Variety Show and the Return of Comedy to Suki’s This Sunday 3/3/13

If you’re in a hurry, and I understand, this is the internet, you really only need to know three things. One, there used to be an open mic every Tuesday night at Suki’s (pronounced the same way as the protagonist in True Blood). The second thing you need to know is that it was really more than just an open mic and it made a lot of people sad to see it go away. The third thing, the most important one for you hurried internet reader, is that this Sunday, at 8pm, there will be a showcase that I think will make a great legacy to that open mic, call Fool’s Gold.

This Sunday, March 3rd, Jimmy will be hosting the first of what I hope will be many showcases at Suki’s. Fool’s Gold starts at 8pm, is free (but donations are being accepted) and will feature the talents of Kristine Levine, Sean Jordan, Bri Pruett, Phil Schallberger and Whitney Streed. The incomparable Ira Novos is back too, of course, providing music for the show. There will be improv games, material done based on audience suggestions and mad libs (which is far more fun then you’re letting yourself think); all staples of the former mic and all a great deal of fun not only to see, but to participate in as well. It promises to amazing, not just because of the line up, but because it seems like the show will embody the spirit of the old Suki’s open mic, if not in function then in spirit.

– Patrick Perkins

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Ron Lynch Is In Town, Go See Him This Weekend!

Comedy fans and personal air conditioners! A true comedy wizard is in town this weekend. Ron Lynch, who in addition to being a great and magical stand-up/sketch comedian (and Bridgetown Comedy Festival darling) has also been a part of Home Movies, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, is gracing Portland with his presence for the next few days. It is in your best interests to see him as much as possible.

On Friday, June 22nd, Lynch will be appearing in the third annual Laughter is the Best Medicine comedy fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The show is at 7:00pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 N. Alberta St.) and also features Frank Conniff (aka TV’s Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000), J. Elvis Weinstein (MST3k, Freaks & Geeks), and Dave (Gruber) Allen (Freaks & Geeks, etc.). Tickets are $10 general admission, $20 reserved seating, or $30 VIP (i.e. goodie bags!), and you can buy them through albertarosetheatre.com.

Then on Saturday, catch an entire show full of Ron Lynch-y goodness (as well as some more Frank Coniff) in his show “Comedy and Stuff” at the Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne. Let me repeat that in case you haven’t realized how awesome this is: we are talking a WHOLE SHOW of RON LYNCH at the EAGLES LODGE. It’s like a tiny slice of Bridgetown to get you through the summer. The show is all ages and tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets. And keep your eyes peeled for an eccentric magician with a very sincere mustache roaming the streets of Portland in the next few days.

New Ladies’ Comedy Festival “All Jane No Dick” accepting submissions!

Listed up, folks with more than one X chromosome! This September there will be a new all-female comedy festival in town, and submissions are open right now.  All Jane No Dick, curated by the awesome Stacey Hallal, will take place Sept. 7-8 at Curious Comedy Theater and all around Northeast Portland. If you are a woman-type person in town who does stand-up, sketch, and/or improv, you are invited to apply. Submissions are open until June 18. To submit your application or for more information, check out the website at www.alljanenodick.com.