Countdown to Bridgetown: Check Out This Awesome Comic Pete Holmes!

If you are even slightly aware of the comedy world in Portland, you are starting to get that tingly excited feeling in your gut that can only mean one thing: the Bridgetown Comedy Festival is fast approaching! We are three weeks away from opening night. To help fan the fires of excitement, we here at the PDX Comedy Blog are going to be highlighting some of our favorite comedians, both national and local, that are appearing this year.

So I’ll start with one of my favorites: PETE HOLMES! (pronounced ala STEVE HOLT from Arrested Development). Not only is he awesome, but today also happens to be his birthday!

Holmes is a fantastic stand-up comedian, weaving improv into his shockingly funny observations about life. His self-deprecation is utterly endearing and he’s smart. He’s got a half-hour Comedy Central Presents as well as killer appearances on Premium Blend, John Oliver’s show, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, which is ultra impressive because those people are frumpy but Pete Holmes seems like a generally positive dude.

Even though he has all those superprofessional sets online, this is my favorite Pete Holmes video. It is him at Bobby Tisdale and Eugene Mirman’s show Invite Them Up New York. I saw this a few months into doing stand-up and it completely blew my mind. He starts after something weird, digs himself an enormously awkward hole, and then uses it to great triumph. I’ve watched it an embarrassing number of times and it continues to make me laugh every time. Watch the second part after this one, it’s just as great. Ok, everybody, Pete Holmes!

— Whitney

Discounted Bridgetown Passes on Sale Now!!

Oh friends, welcome to the day! We are one Monday closer to the most exciting thing happening in Portland comedy all year, Bridgetown Bridgetown Bridgetown! Creator and demi-god Andy Wood along with all the other festival organizers have been working their tails off getting everything in order, from lining up venues to getting the word out about the weekend. Let’s give it up for them, eh? No, really. Please clap for them now. Just do it, alone in your homes or at your workplace cubicle, all if-you-believe-in-fairies-like and shit, because seriously people, they are magicians and deserve all the appreciation we can give them. (For those more into pragmatism, sign up to volunteer if you haven’t yet.)

Anywho. As lovers of comedy and/or Portland, as I assume you all to be, it behooves you to be aware that for a limited time only, passes to the *whole* weekend of Bridgetown are just $50!! At present there are 128 comedians slated to perform, with more being added all the time. $50 works out to you paying less than 40 cents per comedian. In this economy, how can you pass that up? The whole weekend will be amazing — I guarantee you will not want to miss any of it. Get your passes right here right now while you’re thinking about it, because this price is assuredly ephemeral. Comedy!!!!~