Hey kidlios! Don’t let the grumpy Portland weather keep you inside. There’s a ton of rad comedy stuff happening this weekend, and you want to see it, don’t you? I knew it! First up: get over to Curious Comedy as soon as you can, because their newest main stage show is opening tonight! “Sock it To Me” is a mod-flavored amalgam of stand-up, sketch, acrobatics, aerial, and dance.
From the Curious website:
Flashback to the ’60s in Curious Comedy’s hilarious new sketch comedy variety show! In this mod-era free-spirited romp, the Curious Comedy ensemble pays tribute to comedy classics like Laugh-In and The Dean Martin Show with our unique twist, including aerial artistry, acrobatics and much lampooning of the news of our city and the world today.
This show sounds awesome and has a killer cast, including Curious Comedy wizards Stacey Hallal and Bob Ladewig, local stand-up heroes Virginia Jones and Gabe Dinger, Famous Mysterious Actor Show‘s Wally Fessler and Josh Fisher, Curious staples Scott Rogers and Katie Behrens, as well as awesome performers Daniela Steiner, Kyoko Uchida, Stephanie Seaman and Stephanie Cordell. It will run every Friday and Saturday this month at 8pm. Tickets are a mere $12, mortals, or $10 if you are crafty enough to buy them in advance. Gett your Laff In!
It’s exhausting making up your life every day as you go along. Why not take a load off and watch some funny people do it in ridiculous funny contrived situations instead? Hit up Curious Comedy Theater any Friday or Saturday night this month for a double dose of high quality improv and sketch comedy: Fit to Print, with improv clipped from the headlines, followed by Jean Louis, the amazing brainchild of Stacey Hallal and Bob Ladewig. Get both for just $12, show starts at 8pm.
Also this weekend is your last chance to catch The Devil and Bill Markham, a dramatic performance of an epic Shel Silverstein poem that was published serially in Playboy. (Hot?) Stick around after the first shows, this one starts at 10pm and you get a discount if you see both. Spiff!
Have you ever wondered how to write sketch comedy? On Wednesday night you have your chance to take a crash course in the mysterious art. Just get yourself over to the Bagdad Theater for this year’s Ignite Portland, a really awesome (and totally free!) evening of sharing information about cool shit. Bob Ladewig and Scott Rogers of the Curious Comedy Theater will be giving a presentation on that very subject alongside 19 other presenters.
Ignite Portland is rad. Presenters have 5 minutes and 20 slides (that rotate every 15 seconds, with or without consent it seems) to talk about pretty much any topic under the sun. This is the eighth time they’ve done it in Portland. The talks this time around include such subjects as Dr. Suess’s secret mind-control plan, video production, traveling with cats, South Dakota brothel owners, and hyperbolic geometry. Rocking.
How to Write Sketch Comedy sounds of course comedytastic:
Bob and Scott will provide instruction on how to write sketch comedy from brainstorming a premise, putting it through its paces with improv and finding the right POV for the sketch to setting up the jokes, finding the characters and knowing when to drop the curtain. They will do this without the benefit of a licensed pyrotechnican or pants.
Two of the funniest folks in Portland teaching about what they do best, possibly with fire and without trousers? Seriously unmissable. It starts at 7 but doors open at 5:30 and the whole shebang is free, so you best get there early, comrades.