Brady’s Friends With Benefits 3/14/13 at Dante’s

To try and eulogize Brady Echerer with the few hundred words I have at my disposal would not do him justice. For one thing there was too much to relate: he was a comedian, a paranormal investigator, a chef and a father. Unfortunately I didn’t really know him as well as I wanted to though. I know it sounds cliche, but I always assumed we had more time, until, tragically, we didn’t.

Like I said, I know Brady had a son he loved very much, and he’d recently lost a women he cared for deeply, but we rarely discussed our families. I’ve heard great things about his cooking, but I’d never had the pleasure of trying that version of his art. Nor did I ever accompany him on one of his many ghost hunting expeditions. I knew Brady, as many did, as one of the most bad-ass comedians I’ve ever met. He was respected by veteran comics for being fearless on stage and honest in his writing, yet he still managed to remain one of the warmest people in the world off stage. He also gave a lot of newer comics some amazing opportunities too, including extended stage time for up and comers, day jobs and even a place to stay if the situation was dire enough — all big deals for struggling comics. When we heard he was in the hospital for a heart attack, many of us were willing to help any way we could; with his death, our plans for a fundraiser has also become a memorial of sorts.

At 8pm this Thursday at Dante’s (350 W Burnside), several of Portland’s best comics (including Nathan Branon, Lonnie Bruhn, Big Jim Willig, Belinda Carroll, Boomer, Joe Hieronymus, Andie Main, Tim Hammer, Ry No, Todd Armstrong, Chris Shattuck, Craig Nelson, Shane Torres and myself) are coming together to do our best to memorialize our departed comrade Brady. Additionally there’ll be live music, a raffle, a silent auction and more, all hosted by Jamie Stewart. Proceeds are going towards Brady’s family to help pay for the both the hospital visit and his funeral. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

I hope to see you there. Don’t forget to tell someone you love them.



Down & Dirty: A Dark Comedy Showcase Tonight at Ash Street Saloon!

downndirtyWhen Whitney said I could write my own post about Down & Dirty: A Dark Comedy Showcase (happening this Sunday, March 10th, at 9pm, inside the Ash Street Saloon, near 3rd and Ash) the accurately name monthly comedy show I host I felt very conflicted. I’m the host but I’m also a human being.

As the host of Down & Dirty: A Dark Comedy Showcase I want to encourage you to come to come see my show. It’s a great line with a lot of very talented people: David Mascarro, Trevor Thorpe, Nariko Ott, Dan Weber, Scoot Herring and Xander Deveaux. They’re also very busy people; Many write and perform on Richie Stratton’s Tonight On The Rocks (a weekly comedy/variety show you should definitely check out), when they’re not running their own showcases or recording podcasts, and our headliner, Xander Deveaux, recently got accepted to Portland’s own Bridgetown Comedy Festival. There’s also our sweet location, The Ash Street Saloon, which well stocked and staffed, and located right around the corner from the downtown Voodoo Doughnuts and near many Tri-Met lines/stops so you can enjoy the show and avoid getting a DUI at the same time. As it’s host, in my very biased opinion, the next Down & Dirty is going to be probably one of the best comedy shows you could see this month.

As a human being, I’d like to advise you against going to Down & Dirty though. D&D is everything the name implies and there are just some really, really terrible jokes there. Just the worst kinds of humor. Not bad jokes though; great jokes, involving sex, depression, drug use, poor decision making skills, love and the collected traumatic experience we call “life”, each well written, excellently delivered and guaranteed make you feel absolutely terrible for laughing at them afterwards. Some just really great terrible jokes. I am obviously a huge fan of this kind of comedy, otherwise I would put on this show every month, but you might not be and I can relate; I feel the same way about clean and safe humor.
So please come to my show, Down & Dirty: A Dark Comedy Showcase, Sunday at 9pm in the Ash Street Saloon but only if you want to and only if you’re into that kinda thing. Either way, thank you.

– Patrick Perkins

Only a few days left on Lonnie Bruhn’s Comedy Show and DVD Kickstarter, “Project Truth Hurts”

Yeah, Truth hurts. And so does going out, hat in hand and attempting to get funding for your creative comedy project. Case in point, one Lonnie Bruhn.

LB-2012-headshotLonnie is genuinely funny, authentically bare-it-all raw and honest, and one of the most supportive long-time members of the Portland comedy scene. Some people know him as just “that comic with cerebral palsy,” but that is hardly all that he is. With or without a disability, his storytelling and comedy truly have me doubled over laughing, every time. His outrage and truth are all our outrage and truth — he cuts that deep.

Lonnie also has a dream. He wants to perform at the Star Theater in Old Town in Portland on March 27th, and make a video recording for his own comedy DVD. Well, all that crap costs money, son. To this end, Lonnie has had a project up on Kickstarter and it has a total of THREE days left on it. He still needs more to achieve his goal (and it’s not much, like he’s honed the total cost down to $2,500). Let me repeat that: only three days left. And remember, with Kickstarter, if you don’t make the nut of your goal, you don’t get nuttin’. Nada. Big Goose Egg.

Of course there’s all sorts of benefits for contributing, depending on how much you give, including copies of the DVD and a limited edition of the show poster by local artist Chris Haberman.

But really, you need to be doing this for Lonnie. Go look at what you spend on sucking down PBRs at open mics every month and consider give just a small portion of that to Lonnie’s Kickstarter. Lonnie will thank you, and your liver will thank you for the (brief) respite. Show some love to a comic brother who just needs a bit more help to have his dream to come true.