Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


Comedy and Variety
Last weekend, the Great American Rape Joke Debate finally hit Portland. It’s been a long-boiling controversy in the comedy world: Who can joke about rape and when? These questions have also ra   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Earth Mother

Comedian Margaret Cho explains why we can all be mothers if we want.


Theater
Margaret Cho doesn’t have any kids of her own. But that doesn’t mean she’s not a mother—or, rather, that she can’t mother anyone she wants. The personally and politically outspoken com   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

At Full Tilt

On-the-rise comic Beth Stelling talks fan mail, tilted uteruses and tankinis.


Comedy and Variety
When you Google “Beth Stelling,” the first link that comes up is for the comedian’s website: sweetbeth.com. But click on that site, and your browser will try to take you to an online pharm   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.


Comedy and Variety
Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, DEBORAH KENNEDY

Interview: The Weird and Wonderful Emo Philips

Oh, The Humanity.


Comedy and Variety
Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.


Comedy and Variety
W. Kamau Bell wants to make you uncomfortable. Bell, one of the sharpest voices on race and politics in today’s comedy scene, has no qualms about calling out people’s assumptions, hypocrisie   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Little Bit Helps

Kristine Levine serves budding comics with constructive criticism.


Comedy and Variety
The diplomatic version is that Kristine Levine is not a huge fan of comedy open-mic nights. But anyone who knows Levine, a blue-collar East Portland comedienne whose last appearance in these pag   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.


Comedy and Variety
Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Hotseat: Dave Foley

The Kids in the Hall member talks boobs, red wine and Mr. Heavyfoot.

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Arts & Books
To describe Dave Foley as a utilitarian humorist would be reductive—but not disingenuous. As part of Kids in the Hall, Foley has been a significant figure in sketch comedy since the ’80s. In the ‘90s, he led a cast on NewsRadio that included Phil Hartman and Stephen Root. And now, while keeping a foot in both the sketch-comedy and sitcom worlds, the L.A. resident has also returned to standup, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

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.

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Arts & Books
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 placed third in 2012.)The ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MIKE ACKER

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