Dispatches from the Last Weekly Recurring Humor Night

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

streed at tonic

Arts & Books
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 middle of ...   More
 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Ryan Sickler

The CrabFeast co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills.


Comedy and Variety
Many standup comedians aspire to that vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by. Ryan Sick   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

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

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