November spawned a blog (working title)

A week ago the weather was especially gloomy. Hard rain, followed by a patient and pervasive gloom. Portlanders everywhere were calling their friends and asking for pain pills, staying indoors and drinking every drop of liquor in their houses – including that disgusting seasonal ale that’s been at the back of the fridge ever since the house party that was really a broad scheme to get your ex to come over and sleep with you again …and it worked:(. But this weekend doesn’t promise to be so gloomy; it is sunny right now, and the weather very well might stay that way. So there are no excuses to not see the awesome live shows that are happening this weekend. Let’s Review:

Hilarious! A Celebration of Laughter

This is going to be a great benefit show happening at Hawthorne Theater this Saturday. But don’t take my word for it! Let’s ask the Facebook Event description to describe it:
Carmen Trineece iis a local Portland comic, performer and Portland State Alumni who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 years ago. Instead of accepting her fate she decided to get her Masters in Education, write a one woman show entitled “Hellooooo Cancer” a comedy about living with cancer and become a stand-up comic. She has done all of those things. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that has spread to her lungs, rendering her unable to have a full time job. To help her defray the costs of treatment and to help her and her two children, Belinda Carroll Comedy and the Portland stand-up comedy community is doing a stand-up showcase and raffle, with all proceeds benefiting Carmen. Featuring many of Portland’s talent including: Lisa Meyers, Jimmy Newssetter, Whitney Streed, Shortee Davis, Veronica Heath, Rissa Riss, Ian Karmel, Cody Smith, Brick Andrews, Christan Ricketts, Kristine Levine, Lonnie Brun, Timmy Williams, Nathan Brannon and from Austin, Texas- Shane Hebert!”
Tickets are 5-10 dollars sliding scale. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00.
Hosted by Belinda Carroll.

Fly Ass Jokes

Stand up showcase at the Brody theater this Friday. The show is at 10 pm, and tickets are half price if you say ‘Facebook’ at the door. I know this isn’t Facebook, but whatever. Fuck the system!

Keep Portland Funny: The Decision Makers Penthouse Edition

Decision Makers Penthouse is Bobby Hacker, Richard Bain, Travis Jones and Tyler Jones, and they make really funny and really good videos. Richard Bain and Travis Jones will be performing stand up at this show as well, so it is going to be quality all around.

Now is the part where I say, ‘you should definitely make it to this show’ but I am starting to realize that most of the people who read this blog are Portland comics who mostly do not give a fuck and will not go to shows unless they are in them or if they can get in for free. The last ‘Keep Portland Funny’ was called off because NOBODY FUCKING SHOWED UP. So if you aren’t a comic and are not doing anything on Saturday night, don’t be a bitch, go see this show.

The Knife Shop at Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington. Saturday, 6th. 9pm. 5$, 21 & UP.

Alphas of the Betas in Gresham (Saturday, Nov. 6th, 8pm, $5?!)

Communication from ye olde Todd Armstrong:

Saturday November 6th at 8pm is going to be the biggest AotB yet. The Cross Bank Saloon 124 NE 3rd St in downtown Gresham, OR will be the location of comedy. Hosted by me Todd Armstrong, and featuring Jon Green, Anthony Lopez, Adam Dahl, Don Frost and Lonnie Bruhn. I have hand picked the 5 comics I want Gresham to experience. I hope to see everyone. A short ride on the MAX will gets you there and then back home tipsy and safe. Only $5 and there is great food and drink to be had by all.

Dwight Slade at Harvey’s Comedy Club

Portland’s own Dwight Slade is gracing the stage of Harvey’s this week. He is one of the best in town fer sher. Gather up 11 of your closest friends and get some free tickets to check out the club’s most requested comic.

The Sklar Brothers at Helium Comedy Club

While Helium is certainly capable of its own promotion, I cannot help bringing them up nearly every post due to the quality of the headliners they have. If you haven’t heard of or have seen the Sklar Brothers yet then you should. Also, local favorite Ron Funches is hosting all this weekend, so there is no way to not have a swell time throughout.

Finally, it’s the first Saturday of the month, so it’s time for the ComedySportz open mic. New comers and first timers are going to receive 3 minutes, people who’ve been here before will get 5, and a few experienced performers will get 7. So it is like Helium basically except you probably won’t get a lot of work out of it. E-mail standup@portlandcomedy.com to sign up. Show starts at 10pm, it’s free, and the beer is reasonably priced, or so it has been said.

Saturday is the New Friday

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!