You might not know this, but you love David Alan Grier. Maybe it’s his energy and material, which is sharp, spontaneous and yet is distinctly one man’s voice. It might be his work ethic you admire, which after nearly three decades is strong as ever and shows no signs of slowing. It could be for his range as a performer, seeing as how he’s won awards for his work (both comedic and dramatic) in theater, on screen and as a writer and producer. No matter why, this Friday, May 17th, is a chance for you to let that love have an outlet and see the man some call DAG perform at McMenamins’ Bagdad Theater with host Tristan Spillman.
Spillman has been hosting Bagdad’s monthly comedy night for several years now, helping to produce literally hundreds of shows. An accomplished comedian and a respected figure in Portland’s comedy scene, his material ranges from the wacky to the mundane, and is delivered with a honed precision and such earnest heart that you can’t help but follow him down any path of whimsy he may guide. Not content to just be a stand up, he also produces a zine, which features local writers and artists, with each of his shows and has appeared in a number of internet clips.
The real amazing about each of these performers is that they’re great human beings as well amazing comedians. Tristan has used his position as the host of one of the premier venues in town to give a chance for the raising stars of Portland to find a launching pad for their careers. Locals legends like Ron Funches, Ian Karmel and even current reigning Portland’s Funniest Person Champion Nathan Brannon have all found themselves on the Bagdad’s stage, performing for crowds larger than they might of found before, in part from Spillman’s efforts. Brannon, who has opened for Grier (at a previous out of state show), said of him “He’s real personable. You would think, being famous for so long, he would be tired of talking to so many people, but he was very open. A great guy.”
So clear up your Friday, and catch a show I promise you’ll love. The doors open at 8, the show starts at 9 and tickets are only $25. As it’s a McMenamins location, there is food and drinks available for purchase, but it is a 21 and over event. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Bagdad’s site at http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/111943-David-Alan-Grier?mobok=y.