Portland Stand-up Graduation Shows Tonight! 12/17

Hi friends and gentle breeders! It’s time to celebrate an arbitrarily chosen point on the Earth’s path around the Sun with a couple of comedy shows! Head down to the Bagdad theater tonight at 10pm for the annual Portland comedy “graduation” show, featuring a boatload of comics who started doing comedy in the scene this year or at least moved to town. Who are these people and what are they doing here? Watch this video produced by the lovable Tristian Spillman to learn more. Or you can also head to the Brody Theater to catch their stand-up class’s graduation show tonight at the same time, which will also be fun but does not have a flash animation to celebrate its existence. Congratulations to all fake graduates!

Go See These Funny Shows! 12/10 & 12/11

The weekend is approaching, comedy fans, which means it’s time to start making your comedy plans. (Please be impressed by how that sentence rhymed internally.) There is a metric crapton of show and show-like activity this weekend. Lots of it is awesome. You may already know that, and have your plans secure. Or you may be overwhelmed by having to choose between awesomenesses. If that be the case, here are two shows that will definitely be Funny Shows.

Friday, December 10 –
Comedy Night at the Bagdad: Benefit for the Smile Train

A great line-up for a great cause. All of the proceeds benefit Smile Train, which helps kids with cleft lips and cleft palates. Dennis Williams, Ben Varley, Travis Jones, Jimmy Newstetter, Whitney Streed, Mark Saltveit, Virginia Jones, Tristian Spillman. 10pm. $10. Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Saturday, December 11 –
Super Secret Spy Team at the Brody Theater

The final performance of what is by all accounts that I have heard a fandamntastic improv show. Watch the Brody folks make up a spy story on the spot. Improvised espionage at its finest. 8pm. $10. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway.

The weekend shall inherit the mirth (shows 9/30 to 10/3)

The comedy of Portland is all aflutter this weekend, laughter seeklings. First off, hometown boy Matt Braunger (“MADtv,” “Live at Gotham,” Bridgetown, etc. etc.) is shaking up at Helium Thursday thru Saturday. Be absolutely sure to see him* plus seriously funny feature act Andy Haynes, with the always real and wonderful Nathan Brannon as your host, at some point this weekend.

(*Seriously, do it! Matt Braunger is The Tops! Watch this video if you are not convinced. It is an amazing late night set from start to interview finish where he talks all about Portland:


But that is not all that is afoot in town. Despite competing for virtually the same demographic, both Portland’s Black Sheep of Comedy Lonnie Bruhn and Jacki Kane of Time Out: The Mother of All Comedy Shows have both chosen to stage shows this Friday night. Madness!

Jacki’s show “Back To Old School: Parenting from the Retro Zone” is at Curious Comedy at 8pm, and features family-friendly fare from both seasoned stand-up comics and moms who have never been on stage. Lonnie’s show, featuring the additional talents of The Dan Cossette, Jimmy Newstetter, Lisa Myers, Julie Gunderson, Josh Lay, and other guests with other names as well, at The Agenda (which by all accounts should be a gay bar but is actually the former Stein Haus) on 82nd.

If that was not enough, there is of course the ever-popular Comedy Night at the Bagdad. The show is at the 8pm Early Bird Special time this week, but features Mikey Kampmann, Andrew Michaan, Anthony Lopez, Brick Andrews, and all the way from lands in the deep south of Oregon, Cody Cooper. And there is the also-popular Fly Ass Jokes showcase at the Brody, with Jen Allen, Tom Johnson, and more.

And finally, I have it on the solid authority of Facebook that Hot Gun, the live musical production of the film Top Gun, is back for two performances only at The Hostess on SE 6th and Ash. Happy almost October!