Michael McDonald

Comedy and Variety
The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the    More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ENID SPITZ

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.


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

Video Preview: Finalists in Portland's Funniest Person Contest, Tonight at Helium Comedy Club

Twelve finalists will compete for the title and the $1,000 grand prize.


Arts & Books
Helium Comedy Club's annual Portland's Funniest Person contest is a strange beast.Past winners—including Nathan Brannon, Ian Karmel and Shane Torres—are all solid standup comics, but with early rounds determined by audience vote, it's in some ways a glorified personality contest. But by the time comics advance to the finals—which will be held tonight at 8 pm—things have been winnowed down, ...   More
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Why You Should See TJ Miller at Helium This Week

These five Silicon Valley clips should be enough to convince you.


Arts & Books
T.J. Miller is one of "Those Guys"—an actor whose face you vaguely recognize but can't quite place. Though perhaps, in his case, it's his voice that's most recognizable. Up until this year, his major credits included How To Train Your Dragon and Cloverfield, which mostly involved him making snarky comments from behind a camcorder while getting chased by a giant monster. That's changing, ...   More
Thursday, July 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Dave Chappelle Is Suddenly Performing at Helium This Week

Tickets for Saturday's shows still available...for now.


Arts & Books
Dave Chappelle, phantom stand-up comic, has spent the decade since walking away his epochal Comedy Central show seemingly doing nothing but lifting weights and popping in randomly at comedy clubs across the country. He did it in Portland back in 2009, though that was less a performance than a spectacular tease. He did it again with a last-minute appearance at the Newmark in 2012 and this ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Funny Glut

So everyone’s a comedian now?

Culture Features
A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar. They put their names on the list and hope to get called up for three minutes onstage. They’re aspiring standups—like everyone else in Portland   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Comedy Review: Dave Attell at Helium, 9/15


Arts & Books
 “Here come the kid-fucking jokes.”Sure, why not? In the course of his set last Thursday night at Helium, Dave Attell discussed just about every other uncomfortable subject imaginable—masturbation, ejaculation, pubic hairstyling, homosexuals, Mexicans, midgets...especially midgets—so really, it was only a matter of time before he got to the pedophilia nyuks. While that might sound vile, ...   More
Monday, September 19, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

NOT EVEN CLOSE TO LIVE: Bill Burr at Helium Comedy Club

So, this is embarrassing—Matthew Singer attended a VIP night at Helium Comedy for us last Thursday and immediately turned around the following eloquent and insightful review, which I promptly forgot about until today. So, y'know, enjoy the belated commentary. And sorry, Matt. -Ben Waterhouse. It didn't take long into Bill Burr's set at Helium Comedy Club for Portland to prove that it is ...   More
Thursday, August 26, 2010 MATTHEW SINGER


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