This is an experiment in the future, comedy fans. It is currently 8:40 pm at Suki’s Bar and Grill, the very site where in about a half an hour or so a night of hardcore, live open mic comedy is about to commence. This kind of magic only happens once every week or so. But how often is it documented, in real time, and updated live to a relatively disinterested public? Not often enough, I have decided. So welcome to Suki’s.
8:42pm: World famous open mic frequenter Marcus Gibson learns about the PDX Comedy Blog and immediately requests to be made famous by it. Knowing the profound sway of this site, I relent. (You’re welcome.)
8:59pm: Dax is arrived. Cops are slowly circling the building. “America FUCK YEAH” is playing. All is well.
9:00 pm Shawn Fleek, kitchen manager at Suki’s and part-time rabble rouser, gets off work and joins Whitney in the “forbidden dance” that is a liveblog.
10:14pm: The experiment falters almost immediately due to my having to go up second. [I do alright. I cannot work out jokes on stage here, I do not have any clue why I persist in believing that I can.] Anywho, the mic started about an hour ago. By this point, there is a solid crowd on the “comic side” of the room and a couple people playing video poker on the other.
10:16pm: The first (hopefully) use of the word “funbag” on stage tonight.
Just heard from the team at Comedy is OK that they are looking for folks to be in the crowd for their segment that is going to be broadcast live (live!) on KOIN Channel 6. Just show up at the Clinton St. Theater (2522 SE Clinton St.) at 3:30 this afternoon for your chance at stardom and to help them promote their show this Wednesday at 9pm. From the Facebook event:
We need people to be fake protesters for the interview section outside of the theater. I will be getting interviewed and you will be part of a crowd protesting comedy in defense of music. So if you can, make a sign about how music rulz!! and comedy sucks. And then we need an audience inside for 2 comedians to perform stand-up. ALL FREE, AND YOU GET TO BE HEARD ON LIVE-TV!!!
The broadcast starts at 4pm, so if you can make it, please get there by 3:30 so we can organize the scene. SERIOUSLY, LIVE TV!!
You heard the men! LIVE TV!! What else are you doing this afternoon?
UPDATE: Some magic with the TV happened today! First, Mikey promoted the show and fought the anti-comedy masses:
Then we protesters were all convinced of the art form’s worth and ushered inside to enjoy the comedic stylings of Andrew Michaan and Christian Ricketts John Cotton Dalton Ricketts.
Sorry to embed fail. The videos are great tho. Go Portland comedy!