Marc Maron at Helium

Just a quick mention: Marc Maron is performing tomorrow and the rest of the week at Helium Comedy Club. If you haven’t listened to his podcast, then pull your head out of your ass and download some episodes, cause it’s the best. More info and buying tickets can be found on – the Wednesday show is a bit cheaper, for all you cheap fucks out there (me).

Here’s a video of Marc interviewing the famous Latino Radio personality El Chupacabra:

SHelium! Women’s Showcase at Helium 12/1

Everyone knows that women are naturally funny in a way that men simply are not. Men do not synthesize the hormones necessary for understanding and creating jokes naturally, and must work extremely hard to develop their senses of humor. It’s a basic fact of genetics, one that men have struggled against for years. Some have even risen above it, with years of hard work and hormone supplements.

The comedy clubs in town have done their part in encouraging the fight against humorlessness in men by engaging in an Affirmative Action-type program that gives strong priority to men, one common in many venues around the country. This cause is good and noble, and has helped countless men find their way into comedy. But sometimes we can loosen the reigns a little bit and let the women come out and play.

So if you are ready for comedy with high levels of both estrogen and hilarity, head to Helium Comedy Club this Wednesday night (December 1) at 8pm to catch an all-Portland showcase of some of the funniest ladies in town. SHelium! features Belinda Carroll, Lisa Myers, Veronica Heath, Marcia Belsky, Holli Pappan, and Carmen Trineece, and will be hosted glamorously by Rissa Riss. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on the website or by calling the club.

This Weekend in Comedy

Holy shit, this is a busy weekend for Portland Comedy. Here’s what is on the menu –

That’s Not Funny: A Feminist Comedy Show*. 6:30 pm, $5-$10 suggested donation. Portland State University, Food For Thought Cafe. Belinda Carroll, Jacki Kane, Rissa Riss, Joanie Quinn, hosted By Carmen Trineece.

Comedy Night at the Bagdad. 9:30pm, $5. Will Woodruff, Adam Dahl, Randy Mendez, Cody Smith and with headliner Ron Funches. Hosted by Tristian Spillman. *And, you never know who is going to drop by to grovel for a guest set (me) – so take that handfull of pills and chum on over the the Bagdad for a swell time.

The Liberators, a local improv group of much experience and renown, will be performing at The Woods, in Sellwood. 9pm. $10 presale/$13 door. 21 and up. joined by Ralph Huntley (Musical Director and House Band Leader for Live Wire!) who will provide the musical backdrop.

Fly Ass Jokes, Ian Karmel’s Birthday Edition. 10pm at The Brody Theater. Fly Ass Jokes! Featuring: Sean Jordan, Shane Torres, Ian Karmel, Jen Allen, Anthony Lopez, Richard Bain, Valerie Branch and Mario DiGiorgio.

Great Big Laughs at the Great Hall, 8pm (the Great Hall is on the corner of sw broadway and columbia) $5. Don Frost, Todd Armstrong, Chris Castles, Carmen Trineece, hosted by Dylan Kasprzyk. Go there and be an audience member.

Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” at the Clinton St. Theater at 7:30pm, part of the Humanist Film Festival. (seems to me like a significant comedy event.) I personally would urge you to download this movie illegally and watch it after coming to one of the other shows going on tonight, but whatever. You can also get in a time machine and go back to Wednesday to see the Comedy is O.K. Anniversary show.

Saturday also has a couple of shows (including ‘Right Hand Red’ at Curious Comedy, mentioned in the previous post). These are them:

‘Campfire’ Saturdays 9/25-10/16 | 8pm at the Brody. Their new Fall show. Consists of improv in the form of creepy tales inspired by true-life mysteries taken from the audience. $10 / $7 students.

Performing this weekend at Helium are Nick Thune, Art Krug and Ron Funches. Greg Giraldo was booked for this weekend, and after his unfortunate passing Nick Thune was tapped to headline this weekend. He’s really funny, and some of you may have already seen him perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Here’s a video, cause this is the internet bitch:

Absolutely nothing is happening at Harvey’s, because it is a restaurant.