People! I just did a big blog update for the shows that are coming up in March. I simply wanted to report to you that there are tons of rad shows cropping up all over town. Just this week there are more than two dozen (!) shows in town, catering to a whole range of comedy palates and preferences. And the awesomeness that is Bridgetown creeps ever closer. (Today is the last day for performers to submit, don’t forget!) Check out the Events Page for more information about the shows happening this month. Also, if you are hosting or producing a show and don’t see it on the list, email the blog please! Inquiring minds want to know! The rest of you, get yourself to a show or a mic posthaste — that is, with the haste of the post.
It’s a new month! Can you believe it? I can, for some reason. But I like to see every new month as a clean slate. A chance to redeem yourself. And in light of that, I have come up with what I like to call ‘resolutions'; proactive steps to better myself. Here are some of my New Month Resolutions:
– Drink more
– Sleep less
Nothing like a good chunckle. Moving on, here is what is happening this weekend for comedy that does not occur at Helium or Harvey’s :-
Mt. Tabor Comedy SHOWCASE
Thursday, 9pm, hosted by Whitney Streed
Sad times for those of you who like unasked for punishment; the Mt. Tabor open mic has become a showcase, which basically means less comics performing who are doing more time (10 minutes or so) and the lineup is made in advance. I just realized that all I did was define what a showcase is. Maybe that’s helpful. But now that you know, here’s the line up:
Sounds to me like a laugh pizza. and It’s of course FREE.
Mike Drucker (Saturday Night Live, The Onion, McSweeney’s)
Shane Torres (Bridgetown)
Christian Rickets (Bridgetown)
Jen Allen (The Brody Theater, Comedy Underground)
Jessie McCoy (Hamburger champion, Unibash radio)
Ron Funches (Comedy Death Ray, Bumbershoot, SF Sketchfest)
Timmy Williams (Whitest Kids U’ Know)
John McKay (Bumbershoot)
Barbara Holm (Bumbershoot, Castlebraid Comedy Festival)
Tickets are only $10 per night, and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at the Brody Theater’s website. It’s all ages, although there is still a fully stocked bar for your problem/s.
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.