People! Can you believe it? The Bridgetown Comedy Festival is only one month away! It is well worth your time and resources to spend the week enjoying the awesomest comedy event in Portland that happens all year.
Bridgetown has grown bigger and more packed with talent with each passing year. In this, its sixth year, the line-up is spectacular, with big names like Dana Gould, Reggie Watts, and Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper. Beloved former Portland comedians like Dax Jordan, Richard Bain, and Virginia Jones will also be there, plus a host of startlingly talented folks from all over the country (I’m talking Todd Glass and Kurt Braunholer and Moshe Kasher, people. I’m talking Jake Weisman and Guy Braunum and Brandie Posey and Emily Heller. I’m talking KATE BERLANT here, people. I could go on but I won’t. It’s going to be fantastic.)
The festival is April 18 – 21 and will primarily be held on Hawthorne Boulevard. Weekend passes, priced at $79, are on sale now at http://www.bridgetowncomedy.com, with an additional $10 pre-sale discount available through March 27th.
Also! There is still time to volunteer! Bridgetown couldn’t happen without the amazing people who contribute their time and energy. Whether you want to sit at a table selling tickets or shirts, drive things and people around, or just lift heavy boxes for a while, the festival would love your help. You can volunteer a little or a lot, and your reward is free admission for a night or the whole weekend. Sign up now at http://submissions.bridgetowncomedy.com/apply-to-volunteer and you will hear back within a couple weeks about what your role will be. Comedy all the time, people! All! The! Time!
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 http://www.danteslive.com/?Page=http%3a%2f%2fpublic.ticketbiscuit.com%2fDantesLive%2fEvents%2f157145
I hope to see you there. Don’t forget to tell someone you love them.
When 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