Only a few days left on Lonnie Bruhn’s Comedy Show and DVD Kickstarter, “Project Truth Hurts”

Yeah, Truth hurts. And so does going out, hat in hand and attempting to get funding for your creative comedy project. Case in point, one Lonnie Bruhn.

LB-2012-headshotLonnie is genuinely funny, authentically bare-it-all raw and honest, and one of the most supportive long-time members of the Portland comedy scene. Some people know him as just “that comic with cerebral palsy,” but that is hardly all that he is. With or without a disability, his storytelling and comedy truly have me doubled over laughing, every time. His outrage and truth are all our outrage and truth — he cuts that deep.

Lonnie also has a dream. He wants to perform at the Star Theater in Old Town in Portland on March 27th, and make a video recording for his own comedy DVD. Well, all that crap costs money, son. To this end, Lonnie has had a project up on Kickstarter and it has a total of THREE days left on it. He still needs more to achieve his goal (and it’s not much, like he’s honed the total cost down to $2,500). Let me repeat that: only three days left. And remember, with Kickstarter, if you don’t make the nut of your goal, you don’t get nuttin’. Nada. Big Goose Egg.

Of course there’s all sorts of benefits for contributing, depending on how much you give, including copies of the DVD and a limited edition of the show poster by local artist Chris Haberman.

But really, you need to be doing this for Lonnie. Go look at what you spend on sucking down PBRs at open mics every month and consider give just a small portion of that to Lonnie’s Kickstarter. Lonnie will thank you, and your liver will thank you for the (brief) respite. Show some love to a comic brother who just needs a bit more help to have his dream to come true.

Lonnie Bruhn returns to Harvey’s Comedy Club 2/9

Damn the comment cards, full speed ahead! Portland’s “Black Sheep” of comedy Lonnie Bruhn returns to the stage at Harvey’s Comedy Club for a special one-night engagement tonight. Lonnie is a local legend and it’s a treat to see him in a club environment, so get out of Gresham tonight and come enjoy the show. Also featuring the ever-fabulous Kristine Levine and special guest Jon Green, plus host Todd Armstrong bridging the divide between the city’s two clubs. Good times will assuredly be had by all. $15, starts at 8pm.

The weekend shall inherit the mirth (shows 9/30 to 10/3)

The comedy of Portland is all aflutter this weekend, laughter seeklings. First off, hometown boy Matt Braunger (“MADtv,” “Live at Gotham,” Bridgetown, etc. etc.) is shaking up at Helium Thursday thru Saturday. Be absolutely sure to see him* plus seriously funny feature act Andy Haynes, with the always real and wonderful Nathan Brannon as your host, at some point this weekend.

(*Seriously, do it! Matt Braunger is The Tops! Watch this video if you are not convinced. It is an amazing late night set from start to interview finish where he talks all about Portland:


But that is not all that is afoot in town. Despite competing for virtually the same demographic, both Portland’s Black Sheep of Comedy Lonnie Bruhn and Jacki Kane of Time Out: The Mother of All Comedy Shows have both chosen to stage shows this Friday night. Madness!

Jacki’s show “Back To Old School: Parenting from the Retro Zone” is at Curious Comedy at 8pm, and features family-friendly fare from both seasoned stand-up comics and moms who have never been on stage. Lonnie’s show, featuring the additional talents of The Dan Cossette, Jimmy Newstetter, Lisa Myers, Julie Gunderson, Josh Lay, and other guests with other names as well, at The Agenda (which by all accounts should be a gay bar but is actually the former Stein Haus) on 82nd.

If that was not enough, there is of course the ever-popular Comedy Night at the Bagdad. The show is at the 8pm Early Bird Special time this week, but features Mikey Kampmann, Andrew Michaan, Anthony Lopez, Brick Andrews, and all the way from lands in the deep south of Oregon, Cody Cooper. And there is the also-popular Fly Ass Jokes showcase at the Brody, with Jen Allen, Tom Johnson, and more.

And finally, I have it on the solid authority of Facebook that Hot Gun, the live musical production of the film Top Gun, is back for two performances only at The Hostess on SE 6th and Ash. Happy almost October!