Thursday 2/28 @ The Thorne – FREE COMEDY SHOWCASE – “E’ry Thorne Has Its Rose”

388940_2254676202135_1248192516_n 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

Thorne Lounge

4260 SE Hawthorne

8:00 – 10:00pm

FREE SHOW (Donations encouraged)


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!

Shows Happening 9/2/10 – 9/5/10

There is much comedy afoot in Portland this weekend, folks. Get out of your house and realize that it’s September! (Because September only exists outside.)

THURSDAY — There is no open mic at Mt. Tabor. Boo. But! The hilarious Todd Glass is at Helium, the hilarious Kermit Apio is at Harvey’s, and the hilarious [whoever shows up] is at Open Court at Curious Comedy Theater.

FRIDAY — Comedy Night at the Bagdad starts super-early this week (8pm) so that they can show Ferris Bueller’s Day Off afterwards. Let it deter you not, the show will be a hoot. Jovan Preacher Lawson, Sean Jordan, Dennis Williams, Jessie McCoy, and Richard Bain. Or check out Dylan Kasprzyk’s newest outfit Great Big Laughs at Great Hall Restaurant at 1406 SW Broadway, featuring the comedic artistry of Nathan Brannon, Jon Green, Phil Schallberger, and the Agnospel Choir, starts at 8pm. And tonight and Saturday, get a double-dose of improv at Curious Comedy, with Portland’s own Peachy Chicken and Colonel Mustard, an improvised murder mystery troupe.

SATURDAY — Belinda Carroll has some Grand Dames of Comedy at her Hilarious at the Hawthorne showcase, featuring Virginia Jones, Marcia Belsky, Rissa Riss, Carmen Trineece, and all the way from New Orleans, Jessica Halem, $5, 8pm. Andre Paradise presents the very funny Mark Simmons the Copper Penny on 92nd & Foster Rd. starting at 9:30. Primal Compulsion, an improvised erotic thriller, returns to the Brody Theater at 8pm, followed by improv by Blank Slate Collective.