Hey, random internet stranger. Looking for something hella positive, astounding and innovative to do on Wednesday night in the inner North Portland area? Why not plunk down some pay-what-you-will-and-hopefully-that’s-five-dollars and check out Secret Weapon, which has been running for a few months and consistently turns out a great group of comedians for a pretty awesome good time?
Here is the event listing on the Portland Mercury website.
The brainchild of the incomparable Andie Main and the often-incorrectly-compared Christian Ricketts, Secret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza turns the intimate side-stage of a pizza place with excellent drinks (try the whiskey ginger — it contains actual ingredients the title implies) into a boozy old-school comedy club. In an earlier decade this space could easily have been a smoky kind of vaudeville venue, but thanks to the liberal Nazi anti smoking regimes of the last few years it is now less cancerous and more pizzaliscious. Thanks, Obama.
The price is right for your recession woes and the comedy line up for this installment of the every-last-Wednesday showcase is stellar.
In addition to the aforementioned hosts and collaborators, you get to see the sexpot song stylings of Delaney and Paris, recently seen opening. You get the now-officially-ruined-by-Vine-fame Steven Wilber (seriously though his Vine is why you should get Vine. And never post because he will still beat you.) You will get the Frank Zappa of Portland Comedy, Nariko Ott, fresh off of injuring his thumb while pulling his pants down at a comedy show (ROCK AND ROLL etc). And your headliner for the evening is Anthony Lopez, a regular host at Helium Comedy Club with a heart of gold and more swag than a Nike store.
It’s gonna be tremendous, you can’t beat the price, and since this edition is named Holy Cow This Show is Going to be Hilarious you can be assured that a bovine will be sacrificed on the altar of comedy.
Secret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza
Wednesday September 25th at 9:30pm – $5
Jimmy Newstetter is a Portland Comedy legend. He should be on a US Postage Stamp, just so when the USPS goes out of business you can look back and say “well, they did everything they could.” Jimmy’s starting a new comedy showcase at the Thorne, and you can be assured that just as during his stint as the host of Suki’s Legendary Open Mic, he’s going to bring his trademarked style of chaotic professionalism to the stage on 42nd and Hawthorne.
There are no weak links among the scheduled guests. Christian Ricketts is the comedic equivalent of Dr. Frankenstein, his jokes occasionally taking on a life of their own while he cackles, and lightning strikes. Marcia Belsky has a quality usually only found in your grandmother: no matter what she’s critical of, you agree with her, even if she’s criticizing you. Gabe Dinger is at this point such a fixture of Portland nightlife that the city will inevitably name an alphabetized street either Gabe or Dinger, or a numbered street will be named Rev. Dr. Gabe Dinger Jr. Blvd, after Gabe champions a peoples’ movement.
Jimmy has set up this show for success: he’s bringing comedy Mad Libs! A credible line-up! An actual stage! Drink specials (including a $6 shot-and-beer) and no cover charge! A bar you don’t mind hanging out in after the show is over (house infusions and a small, well-rounded pub menu that doesn’t look like every other dive on the planet)! A donation-based show that you’ll actually want to give a couple dollars to, because it will be delightful! See this one.
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
4260 SE Hawthorne
8:00 – 10:00pm
FREE SHOW (Donations encouraged)
You know about TED Talks, right? They are exciting and fascinating presentations from brilliant experts about important science discoveries and ideas of our time. They reach a global audience and contribute the spread of knowledge.
CHAD Chats are no different, except that they are presented by comedians about subjects in which they have very little formal training. And they happen in a bar. And they are hilarious.
Next Thursday, Nov. 10, catch Famous Author Mykle Hansen and local performers Dax Jordan, Virginia Jones, Christian Ricketts, and Reuben Nisenfeld speaking satirically and at length about Really Important Ideas. I will be facilitating the affair. Topics will include Ending Poverty through Facebook Statuses, Cats, Abraham Lincoln’s pants, Brain Chemistry, Everything, Nothing, and Carl Sagan.
Presentations begin promptly at 8pm on Thursday November 10th at THE SARATOGA BAR, 6910 N. Interstate. Full bar and menu. The bar’s monthly X-rated open-mic comedy (the Smutty Clown! which I also host alongside Sterling Clark) will follow. Good times will abound!