John Breen is a big name in the improv and theater worlds. His improv comedy workshops are the stuff of legend, and his writing is acclaimed across Portland and around the US. So when he tells you that he’s ready and eager to direct “Crook County War,” his first feature length film, you can believe that it’s true.
There are just 14 days left for Breen’s project to reach its goal, and every contribution will help make this very funny script with a very funny cast into a very funny reality. Check out the Indiegogo campaign page, watch the movie, and if you chuckle even once, throw a $20 their way (or a $2000 if you’re able) and feel good supporting local art by local artists that will serve to elevate Portland even further as a mecca for top-notch comedy.
More information about the project available at http://crookcountywar.com/
Happy end of October, comedy friends. I honestly cannot think of anything to say about it being Halloween that is not grotesquely corny (see look, even right there), so let’s just dispense with the calendar notes.
A number of shows in the next couple days celebrate the season of death and deception! Head over to Curious Comedy Theater on Friday and/or Saturday at 8pm to catch a special Halloween edition of the Neutrino Project, a totally improvised horror movie filmed and then shown in one night. Costumes encouraged, you might get in the movie yourself. Stick around on Saturday after the show for Baby Ketten Scary-oke. For equally awesome improv fun, hit up the Brody Theater to catch Scary Movie, their improvised tribute to classic horror and sci fi movies. A “creepy host” is promised, which is certainly something I look for in any show. Friday and Saturday 8pm and 10pm, plus 7pm on Halloween night. Also catch the annual ComedySportz Halloween Spooktacular match Saturday at 8pm. Two teams of costumed players fight to the actual death in scary improv games. Finally, on Sunday night, catch the last showing of Making Sex: A Sketch Comedy Threesome at the Blue Monk, followed by a Halloween Dance Party with DJ Color Wheel.
If you are looking to escape the oddballs in costume, you have options as well. Catch Nathan Brannon’s Comedy Showcase tonight (Wednesday) at Aztec Willie’s at 1501 NE Broadway, featuring Carmen Trineece, Lance Edward, Kurt Parsons, Josh Lay, Joseph Ledington, Ben Varley, and Aaron Hays. Henry Coleman is at Andre Paradise’s show at the Copper Penney, 5932 SE 92nd Ave. Nick Kroll is at Helium all week, superfunny dude is he; Moshe Kasher is of course at Helium tonight as previously noted; and Mike Marino is at Harvey’s.
More excellent sketchy news, this time from Shelley McLendon. A massive creative nebula has been formed from folks involved in such awesomeness as Roadhouse! The Musical and the Liberators, and that nebula has been gracefully dubbed SWEAT. Read on:
THE SKETCH COMEDY EXPERIENCE PORTLAND HAS BEEN WAITING FOR
Self –titled debut show coming in September!
You have seen the five members of Portland’s latest and flyest sketch comedy troupe- SWEAT- in forces of nature such as ROAD HOUSE: The Play!, The 3rd Floor, The Liberators, and Live Wire!. Now feel the perfect storm created by these five getting together and working hard for you. These people know what they are doing. Written and performed by SWEAT themselves and directed by John Breen, their self-titled debut show will leave you feeling exhausted and in love. Be the first to experience what this whole thing is all about.
Shelley McLendon (ROAD HOUSE: The Play!, Bad Reputation Productions, The Liberators)
Michael Fetters (ROAD HOUSE: The Play!, The 3rd Floor, The Auteur)
Sean McGrath (ROAD HOUSE: The Play!, Cinema Syndicate, Live Wire!)
Andrew Harris (The 3rd Floor, The Auteur, Leverage)
Jason Rouse (The 3rd Floor, Leverage)
Directed by John Breen (The Autuer, The Liberators, Hoskins and Breen)
SWEAT plays Fridays and Saturdays from September 3rd to October 2nd at the Arena Stage at Theater! Theater!. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 door. Check out www.sweatysweat.com* for more info and get tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122817.
*Also incidentally wins the award for best domain name of the week.