Hotseat: Brooks Wheelan

One year on SNL is plenty.


Comedy and Variety
Not very many people are both a biomedical engineer and a Saturday Night Live alum. In fact, Brooks Wheelan might be the only person on earth with both on his résumé.  Born and raised in Iowa   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MIKE ACKER

Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.


Music Stories
If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program, the first thing you must know is that its phone lines are a sacred space, and host Tom Scharpling guards    More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Portland Improv is Banging and Burning

The Stumptown Improv Festival is back, and bigger.


Comedy and Variety
Even after a successful first year, the Stumptown Improv Festival is still working overtime to convince Portlanders what improv isn’t—a self-indulgent form of expression that solely occurs at spar   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 PARKER HALL

Coming Up Fast

First came Money, then came Love, next up for Whitney Cummings…a baby carriage?


Comedy and Variety
2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings likes to plan far ahead. The Money Shot and I Love You celebricomic has a landslide of opportunity on her doorstep—simultaneous network and cable spots, end   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

United We Laugh

Hari Kondabolu doesn’t want you to come for dick jokes.


Comedy and Variety
Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, comedian Hari Kondabolu has parlayed a master’s degree in human rights into a successfu   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WILLIAM KENNEDY

Kickstand Comedy at Velo Cult Shut Down By City, Says Owner

Owner Sky Boyer cites zoning issues.

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Arts & Books
Kickstand, the basement comedy space at Velo Cult bike shop and bar, was shut down by the city over the weekend, says owner Sky Boyer. Boyer says he expects the closure to be temporary, and that the issue arose after a visit by the Fire Marshal. (Portland Fire and Rescue has not yet been able to offer confirmation.)Events at the venue are already moving, following an announcement Sunday, March ...   More
 
Monday, March 23, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE and ENID SPITZ

2015 Bridgetown Comedy Festival Lineup Announced

Big names include Jonathan Katz, Jessica Williams and Dana Gould.

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Arts & Books
Bridgetown Comedy Festival has announced its 2015 lineup. The big names include Jonathan Katz, the namesake of the early Comedy Central cult favorite Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, and Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, Twitter's favorite choice to replace Jon Stewart.Former Last Comic Standing judge Andy Kindler, Simpsons writer Dana Gould, Neil Hamburger ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Explosions In The Skype

Keep It Like a Secret—a comedy series inside the legendary Jackpot Recording Studios

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Arts & Books
A grandmother, two rock stars, and a laptop walk into Jackpot! Recording Studio—is Keep It Like A Secret some new kinda joke?P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { }Inside the guitar-laden central chamber of a sound-baffled workshop painted a bright shade of honeydew we'll call Weezer Green, a dressed-down cross-section of upper-echelon indie Portland sat expectantly as Larry Crane balanced a laptop ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Haha House

Standup comedy invades the living rooms and garages of Portland.


Comedy and Variety
House shows have been a staple of the music scene forever. But there’s a different art form encroaching onto this turf: standup comedy. In a town with more comics than there are open slots   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 WW Staff

Bromance Revisited: The Wedding Ringer Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: D+Weddings are one of life’s defining moments—a moment when two people pledge their everlasting love to each other in front of family, friends and their parents’ business associates. They are also, it turns out, when men realize they have no friends, and thus no groomsmen. That, at least, is the conceit in The Wedding Ringer, a new Kevin Hart vehicle that follows in the grand ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

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