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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:

Jimmy Newstetter
Shane Torres
Christian Ricketts
Coree Spencer
Zach Cole
Iris Gorman

Sounds to me like a laugh pizza. and It’s of course FREE.

Brody Theater Fly Ass Jokes Presents Porseattland, A Northwest Comedy Showcase
Friday and Saturday, hosted by Ian Karmel

Friday, 10pm:

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)

Saturday, 8pm:

Mike Drucker
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.

This Weekend in Comedy

Holy shit, this is a busy weekend for Portland Comedy. Here’s what is on the menu –

That’s Not Funny: A Feminist Comedy Show*. 6:30 pm, $5-$10 suggested donation. Portland State University, Food For Thought Cafe. Belinda Carroll, Jacki Kane, Rissa Riss, Joanie Quinn, hosted By Carmen Trineece.

Comedy Night at the Bagdad. 9:30pm, $5. Will Woodruff, Adam Dahl, Randy Mendez, Cody Smith and with headliner Ron Funches. Hosted by Tristian Spillman. *And, you never know who is going to drop by to grovel for a guest set (me) – so take that handfull of pills and chum on over the the Bagdad for a swell time.

The Liberators, a local improv group of much experience and renown, will be performing at The Woods, in Sellwood. 9pm. $10 presale/$13 door. 21 and up. joined by Ralph Huntley (Musical Director and House Band Leader for Live Wire!) who will provide the musical backdrop.

Fly Ass Jokes, Ian Karmel’s Birthday Edition. 10pm at The Brody Theater. Fly Ass Jokes! Featuring: Sean Jordan, Shane Torres, Ian Karmel, Jen Allen, Anthony Lopez, Richard Bain, Valerie Branch and Mario DiGiorgio.

Great Big Laughs at the Great Hall, 8pm (the Great Hall is on the corner of sw broadway and columbia) $5. Don Frost, Todd Armstrong, Chris Castles, Carmen Trineece, hosted by Dylan Kasprzyk. Go there and be an audience member.

Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” at the Clinton St. Theater at 7:30pm, part of the Humanist Film Festival. (seems to me like a significant comedy event.) I personally would urge you to download this movie illegally and watch it after coming to one of the other shows going on tonight, but whatever. You can also get in a time machine and go back to Wednesday to see the Comedy is O.K. Anniversary show.

Saturday also has a couple of shows (including ‘Right Hand Red’ at Curious Comedy, mentioned in the previous post). These are them:

‘Campfire’ Saturdays 9/25-10/16 | 8pm at the Brody. Their new Fall show. Consists of improv in the form of creepy tales inspired by true-life mysteries taken from the audience. $10 / $7 students.

Performing this weekend at Helium are Nick Thune, Art Krug and Ron Funches. Greg Giraldo was booked for this weekend, and after his unfortunate passing Nick Thune was tapped to headline this weekend. He’s really funny, and some of you may have already seen him perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Here’s a video, cause this is the internet bitch:

Absolutely nothing is happening at Harvey’s, because it is a restaurant.