I sat down to try to write a clickbait-style headline. You won’t believe what happens next

Comedy is art. Comedy is also science, math, gym class, lunchroom drama, and a long, lonely walk home to an empty house with some leftover macaroni in the refrigerator. Comedy (both the act of performing and the social scene around shows) is a microcosm of the rest of your life, and in this series of posts, I’m going use my neutral position as a mostly non-performing comedy enthusiast to attempt to discuss issues affecting our local comedy scene, and try to provide some explanation and education regarding potential solutions. (That is, hands down, the most Portlandy thing I’ve ever written. God damn.) Today’s topic: Too much comedy?

locals enjoy competition, ice skating (photo by Luke Maxwell)

When an individual decides to attempt Professional Comedy Maker as their hobby or career, they will likely encounter setbacks. Like all performing arts, the competition can be extremely fierce. You’ll write a great joke about your penis or someone else’s, and then when you go up to the open mic the person before you will have an even better joke about a different, more attractive penis. It happens all the time, and it’s completely out of your control! It’s frustrating, right? What about the time where you got your own show started – you convinced a venue to let you bring performers in for an hour a week, you hung up flyers, you told everyone who hasn’t yet deleted their Facebook accounts that your show was coming up – and then nobody came because there’s already 3 shows that happen every hour of every night of the week? How are you supposed to compete? Continue reading

Holy Cow, Wednesday’s “Secret Weapon” at Mississippi Pizza is Worth Seeing

Hey, random internet stranger. Looking for something hella positive, astounding and innovative to do on Wednesday night in the inner North Portland area? Why not plunk down some pay-what-you-will-and-hopefully-that’s-five-dollars and check out Secret Weapon, which has been running for a few months and consistently turns out a great group of comedians for a pretty awesome good time?

Here is the event listing on the Portland Mercury website.

The brainchild of the incomparable Andie Main and the often-incorrectly-compared Christian Ricketts, Secret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza turns the intimate side-stage of a pizza place with excellent drinks (try the whiskey ginger — it contains actual ingredients the title implies) into a boozy old-school comedy club. In an earlier decade this space could easily have been a smoky kind of vaudeville venue, but thanks to the liberal Nazi anti smoking regimes of the last few years it is now less cancerous and more pizzaliscious. Thanks, Obama.

The price is right for your recession woes and the comedy line up for this installment of the every-last-Wednesday showcase is stellar.

In addition to the aforementioned hosts and collaborators, you get to see the sexpot song stylings of Delaney and Paris, recently seen opening. You get the now-officially-ruined-by-Vine-fame Steven Wilber (seriously though his Vine is why you should get Vine. And never post because he will still beat you.) You will get the Frank Zappa of Portland Comedy, Nariko Ott, fresh off of injuring his thumb while pulling his pants down at a comedy show (ROCK AND ROLL etc). And your headliner for the evening is Anthony Lopez, a regular host at Helium Comedy Club with a heart of gold and more swag than a Nike store.

It’s gonna be tremendous, you can’t beat the price, and since this edition is named Holy Cow This Show is Going to be Hilarious you can be assured that a bovine will be sacrificed on the altar of comedy.

secretweaponSecret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza
Wednesday September 25th at 9:30pm – $5