If you are even slightly aware of the comedy world in Portland, you are starting to get that tingly excited feeling in your gut that can only mean one thing: the Bridgetown Comedy Festival is fast approaching! We are three weeks away from opening night. To help fan the fires of excitement, we here at the PDX Comedy Blog are going to be highlighting some of our favorite comedians, both national and local, that are appearing this year.
So I’ll start with one of my favorites: PETE HOLMES! (pronounced ala STEVE HOLT from Arrested Development). Not only is he awesome, but today also happens to be his birthday!
Holmes is a fantastic stand-up comedian, weaving improv into his shockingly funny observations about life. His self-deprecation is utterly endearing and he’s smart. He’s got a half-hour Comedy Central Presents as well as killer appearances on Premium Blend, John Oliver’s show, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, which is ultra impressive because those people are frumpy but Pete Holmes seems like a generally positive dude.
Even though he has all those superprofessional sets online, this is my favorite Pete Holmes video. It is him at Bobby Tisdale and Eugene Mirman’s show Invite Them Up New York. I saw this a few months into doing stand-up and it completely blew my mind. He starts after something weird, digs himself an enormously awkward hole, and then uses it to great triumph. I’ve watched it an embarrassing number of times and it continues to make me laugh every time. Watch the second part after this one, it’s just as great. Ok, everybody, Pete Holmes!