If you’re in a hurry, and I understand, this is the internet, you really only need to know three things. One, there used to be an open mic every Tuesday night at Suki’s (pronounced the same way as the protagonist in True Blood). The second thing you need to know is that it was really more than just an open mic and it made a lot of people sad to see it go away. The third thing, the most important one for you hurried internet reader, is that this Sunday, at 8pm, there will be a showcase that I think will make a great legacy to that open mic, call Fool’s Gold.
This Sunday, March 3rd, Jimmy will be hosting the first of what I hope will be many showcases at Suki’s. Fool’s Gold starts at 8pm, is free (but donations are being accepted) and will feature the talents of Kristine Levine, Sean Jordan, Bri Pruett, Phil Schallberger and Whitney Streed. The incomparable Ira Novos is back too, of course, providing music for the show. There will be improv games, material done based on audience suggestions and mad libs (which is far more fun then you’re letting yourself think); all staples of the former mic and all a great deal of fun not only to see, but to participate in as well. It promises to amazing, not just because of the line up, but because it seems like the show will embody the spirit of the old Suki’s open mic, if not in function then in spirit.
– Patrick Perkins
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)
Also on Wednesday night, Portland all star Jimmy Newstetter has put together a show that is happening at my showcase at the Tonic Lounge (3100 NE Sandy), and it sounds amazing. “Fool’s Gold: A Premise Mining Showcase” promises improvised stand up and long form improv!
This show is bit later in the eve than the Helium show, a boon for those who like to take in multiple shows per night (you tramp!), and will be full of laughter and merriment never before spoken in the history of words being said out loud. Show starts around 9:30 and is (as are all Weekly Recurring Humor Nights) pay what you want.