Fool’s Gold: A Comedy Variety Show and the Return of Comedy to Suki’s This Sunday 3/3/13

If you’re in a hurry, and I understand, this is the internet, you really only need to know three things. One, there used to be an open mic every Tuesday night at Suki’s (pronounced the same way as the protagonist in True Blood). The second thing you need to know is that it was really more than just an open mic and it made a lot of people sad to see it go away. The third thing, the most important one for you hurried internet reader, is that this Sunday, at 8pm, there will be a showcase that I think will make a great legacy to that open mic, call Fool’s Gold.

This Sunday, March 3rd, Jimmy will be hosting the first of what I hope will be many showcases at Suki’s. Fool’s Gold starts at 8pm, is free (but donations are being accepted) and will feature the talents of Kristine Levine, Sean Jordan, Bri Pruett, Phil Schallberger and Whitney Streed. The incomparable Ira Novos is back too, of course, providing music for the show. There will be improv games, material done based on audience suggestions and mad libs (which is far more fun then you’re letting yourself think); all staples of the former mic and all a great deal of fun not only to see, but to participate in as well. It promises to amazing, not just because of the line up, but because it seems like the show will embody the spirit of the old Suki’s open mic, if not in function then in spirit.

— Patrick Perkins


Live(ish) from Suki’s Open Mic

This is an experiment in the future, comedy fans. It is currently 8:40 pm at Suki’s Bar and Grill, the very site where in about a half an hour or so a night of hardcore, live open mic comedy is about to commence. This kind of magic only happens once every week or so. But how often is it documented, in real time, and updated live to a relatively disinterested public? Not often enough, I have decided. So welcome to Suki’s.

8:42pm: World famous open mic frequenter Marcus Gibson learns about the PDX Comedy Blog and immediately requests to be made famous by it. Knowing the profound sway of this site, I relent. (You’re welcome.)

8:59pm: Dax is arrived. Cops are slowly circling the building. “America FUCK YEAH” is playing. All is well.

9:00 pm Shawn Fleek, kitchen manager at Suki’s and part-time rabble rouser, gets off work and joins Whitney in the “forbidden dance” that is a liveblog.

10:14pm: The experiment falters almost immediately due to my having to go up second. [I do alright. I cannot work out jokes on stage here, I do not have any clue why I persist in believing that I can.] Anywho, the mic started about an hour ago. By this point, there is a solid crowd on the “comic side” of the room and a couple people playing video poker on the other.

10:16pm: The first (hopefully) use of the word “funbag” on stage tonight.

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