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Hotseat: Shane Torres

The soon-to-depart comedian on why he's petrified about New York City, brunch with Whitney Streed and how Portland comics need to work harder.


It’s a sad day in Portland comedy. Standup stalwart Shane Torres is decamping for New York City. Torres, who was runner-up in WW’s Funniest 5 poll last year, has been a rock in Portland’s comedy landscape since 2007. The Texas-raised comedian (and self-described "Native American Meatloaf...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Dispatches from the Last Weekly Recurring Humor Night

After more than three years, Whitney Streed's weekly standup showcase comes to an end.

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Local funny lady Whitney Streed closed the door Wednesday evening on the Weekly Recurring Humor Night at the Tonic Lounge. Streed’s weekly standup showcase, ending a three-and-a-half year run, has been one of the sturdiest staples of the local comedy scene, and many regulars turned out last night to help close the show’s run. Streed dropped the biggest knowledge nugget in the mi...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Steven Wilber Wins Portland's Funniest Person Contest at Helium Comedy Club

Last year's winner, Shane Torres, announces plans to leave Portland in October.


Steven Wilber is Portland’s Funniest Person—at least for 2014. Wilber bested 11 other standup comics to win the title, and the $1,000 grand prize, at Helium Comedy Club’s annual competition Tuesday evening. Adam Pasi placed second, with Gabe Dinger rounding out the top three. (It was Dinger’s third straight year as a top-three finisher: He was the runner-up last year and plac...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Interview: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael

If Spike Lee has anything to do with it, Jerrod Carmichael will be standup comedy’s next superstar.

Comedy and Variety
Very few Spike Lee joints are comedy. Fewer still are comedy specials. In fact, until this year, the only one was 2000’s The Original Kings of Comedy, which made Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertain   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Michael Ian Black

The comedian, a member of sketch group the State, talks about reality TV, web videos and Meghan McCain.


Way back in 1993, MTV took a flyer on a group of sketch comedians from New York University and gave them a television show.  That show, The State—because that was the troupe called themselves—lasted only two years, but it left a permanent mark on American comedy. Many of its members would stay in show biz, turning out such shows as Stella, Reno 9-1-1, Viva Var...   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Cameron Esposito

The super-smart, side mullet-sporting comedian talks podcasting, Portland and Macklemore.


Cameron Esposito has been busy lately. LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles both tapped her as a comedian to watch. She’s been featured on Chelsea Lately and at comedy festivals across the country (locally, she was at Bridgetown in 2013 and All Jane No Dick the same year). She’s toured the nation with Anthony Jesel...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Building a Better Tomorrow

It's never too early for the Blazers to start thinking about next season.

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The Blazers needed six games to hand the Houston Rockets the four losses required to be knocked out of the NBA playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs, the Blazers' second round opponent, racked up three wins in three games, and though game four—a Blazer blowout for the ages—breathed some life back into the franchise's first second round series in 14 years, a lopsided loss in Texas Wednesday n...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: The "New" B-Roy?

Damian Lillard shouldn't be compared to heroes of Blazer past. He deserves to stand on his own.

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Unless you live under a rock on the moon, you’re aware that on Friday night Damian Lillard hit a monstrous three-pointer as the buzzer sounded on Game 6 of the Blazers’ now completed first round series with the Houston Rockets. It was the kind of shot that turned 20,000 Portlanders into a bunch of screaming, hysterical children. It was the kind of moment that made at least one ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Above the Noise

The Blazers are winning the off-court battle against Houston by tuning out the drama.

from the elbow

The quality of a playoff series is determined by the actual games within that series, and the play of the actual players. But sometimes the outcome of a playoff series can be determined by all kinds of things that take place off the court. Over the course of a series that can stretch to two or three weeks, there is ample time for off-the-court distractions. These distractions come ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MIKE ACKER
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