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

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

Amy Miller Wins Portland's Funniest Person


Arts & Books
At 11 pm July 7, the crowd at Helium Comedy Club got its answer—Amy Miller is the funniest person in Portland, followed by Bri Pruett and Nariko Ott.Yeah, we know. Our completely objective, scientific and mathematical Funniest 5 competitions proved that in 2013 and again last year. It's science.Amy Millerphoto by Drew Beck Even science needs to be fact-checked, so our completely objective, local ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Portland's Funniest People Pick Portland's Funniest Things


Arts & Books
Clawing for the crown, local Portland comedians present their top-notch schticks for Helium’s 5th Annual Funniest Person competition. The dubbing of the most hilarious is near, with selected comics moving to the next round of semifinals tonight and tomorrow, and the final round happening next week. With the standup stakes being so high, we asked some of the fierce semifinalists what they ...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 AMY WOLFE

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


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