What the fuck is up, friends? It’s a lovely damp warm day here in Airport City, n’est pas? You might be thinking to yourself, well, lucky me, it’s Friday. I can get my laugh on at the Bagdad tonight, or at Fly Ass Jokes at the Brody, or many other places as well. And you would only be a little bit right, in the “many other places” part. Because this week both Portland’s weekly Friday stand-up showcases are moving to Saturday.
Why? Something in the ether, maybe because Mercury is in retrograde. Maybe because on this day in 1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself “Emperor Norton I” of the United States, and hosts Tristian Spillman and Ian Karmel have the due amount of respect for His Imperial Majesty to defer their comedy shows and allow everyone the chance to celebrate the holiday today in their own way, with family and friends.
Whatever the reason, The Fly Ass Comedy Showcase will feature Sean Jordan, Shane Torres, Nathan Brannon, and Richard Bain, showtime at at 8pm, costing just $10. Comedy Night at the Bagdad will feature Marcia Belsky, Carmen Trineece, Whitney Streed (me), Timmy Williams, Don Frost, all for $5 starting at 10pm. See you there or in hell, friends!
Here are some comedy shows you might enjoy!
THURSDAY — Tonight see just how diverse Portland comedy is! Hit up The Factory Underground at 8926 N. Lombard to catch Gil Brown and friends in an Indian Uprising comedy showcase. Or mosey southward to the E Room at 3701 SE Division to see the final Laughterglow stand-up showcase in the club before it closes. Killer show with Ron Funches, Holli Pappan, Shawn Fleek, Jessie McCoy, Carmen Trineece, and Christen Manville. Just look at all that racial and sexual diversity! Wowza! Guys, we are the future, am I right? Also, Greg Proops is rocking Helium all weekend long and Portland’s darling Ron Osborne is at Harvey’s through Sunday!
FRIDAY — Comedy Night at the Bagdad starts at a Very Weird Time this week, 9pm, but host Tristian Spillman still manages to have mustard a rad line-up: Gilbert Brown, Ian Karmel, Jimmy Newstetter, and Susan Rice. (Continued racial and sexual diversity! High five!) Also Theatersports and the stand-up showcase at the Brody with “friends” of Ian Karmel, improv by Peachy Chicken & Colonel Mustard at Curious Comedy, and Shakesprov after hours at ComedySportz.
SATURDAY — Blank Slate Collective improv at the Brody! Rose City Vaudeville’s Rose Saloon at Curious! And the Hilarious Six return to Pop Culture in Vancouver with Jason Nguyen, Alex Gavlick, Kameron Foster, Max Thom, Roman Sloan, Cassidy Gonzales, and DJ Matt intheHat.