Facts about Laughter, plus Comedy Shows Nov. 12-13

You have a cold, don’t you? I’ve had one for about a month now. Well, really more like three of them interwoven together like some kind of sick illness mash-up. And I know I am not alone, because many of us share cigarette pipes. Happily, medical science has confirmed that laughing does indeed make you healthier by increasing your Vitamin C levels and lowering your cholesterol. Attending comedy events has also been shown to reduce your risk of dying in a car accident and of suffering from paper cuts. And virtually all of the many shows this weekend can be seen without a doctor’s prescription!

Friday, November 12th

-Local hero/celebrity Ron Osborne is celebrating his 25th comedy anniversary with a big awesome show at Madison’s Grill (1109 SE Madison) at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, call 503-230-2471 to get ‘em.
- Andre Paradise presents Dannon Green, seen on Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up, HBO DefJam, and Popeye’s commercials nationwide. $10, starts at 9:30pm at the Copper Penny, 5932 SE 92nd Ave.
– The Brody Theater stand-up class is having their second show, huzzah! $3, 10pm, 16 NW Broadway.
– Comedy Night at the Bagdad this week features Shane Torres (“The Train”), Whitney Streed (“me”), Levi Rounds and Cody Eden (“not Mormon, just really funny”). $5, 10pm, SE 37th and Hawthorne.

Saturday, November 13th

- The Liberators at the Woods: Improv Comedy and Stuff. Some of the best improv in Portland and an awesome venue to boot. 6637 Milwaukie Ave, 7pm, $10 advance/$13 at the door.
– Stand-up showcase featuring Jen Allen, Richard Bain, Tom Johnson, Preacher, Jesse McCoy, and Grade Sadie. 8pm at the Brody.
– Paradise on Earth: A Celebrity Comedian Funanza, featuring RodMan, Scruncho, Nate Jackson, plus Portland’s Rissa Riss, Andre Paradise, Seeznin’, & Joe Fontenot. $15 advance/ $20 door at the T-A Event Center, 300 NE Multnomah, buy tickets here. Doors at 8pm.

Reggie Watts at Helium Comedy Club 8/25

Hey gang – Reggie Watts is performing this Wednesday, one night only, at Helium comedy club. If you haven’t seen Reggie Watts live yet, then definitely go. Reggie’s act is a hybrid of comedy and bizarre soundscapes made with beat boxing, a-Capella singing and loop-pedal sampling. I saw Reggie perform at the 2009 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and I highly recommend this show. So cancel all of your boring plans and go see Reggie this Wednesday. This show will likely sell out, so get your tickets as early as possible, you turkey.