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

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.

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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

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.


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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

Portland Comedy Community Prepares to Roast the Mustard Man

Comedian Mark Kikel, who once drank a bottle of mustard on The Tonight Show, is getting razzed tonight.

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Arts & Books
Do you know the Mustard Man? If you count yourself a member of the Portland comedy community, you probably do. For the last 30 years, Mark Kikel has hosted open mics and booked shows for Portland comedians, even at times when the going was slow and comics couldn’t find places to practice and perform their craft. “It sounds like I’m waxing philosophical,” says Portland comic Kristine Levine, ...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Hotseat: Michael Ian Black

The comedian, a member of sketch group the State, talks about reality TV, web videos and Meghan McCain.

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Arts & Books
Way back in 1993, MTV took a flyer on a group of sketch comedians from New York University and gave them a television show.  That show, The State—because that was the troupe called themselves—lasted only two years, but it left a permanent mark on American comedy. Many of its members would stay in show biz, turning out such shows as Stella, Reno 9-1-1, Viva Variety on another upstart cable ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Cameron Esposito

The super-smart, side mullet-sporting comedian talks podcasting, Portland and Macklemore.

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Arts & Books
Cameron Esposito has been busy lately. LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles both tapped her as a comedian to watch. She’s been featured on Chelsea Lately and at comedy festivals across the country (locally, she was at Bridgetown in 2013 and All Jane No Dick the same year). She’s toured the nation with Anthony Jeselnik.The side mullet-rocking, perennially denim-jacket clad Esposito has done all ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do in Portland, May 9-11

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Friday, May 9Bridgetown Comedy Fest[COMEDY] Oh, man. Plenty to see. Go here and here for recommendations, or here for tickets. May 9-11, bridgetowncomedy.com. “Best $10 Red” Blind Wine Tasting [WINE] You pay $10, you get $10 wines. A little of a lot of them. As a cheap-wine gimmick on overdrive, Woodstock Deli asks its favored wine suppliers and its sales force to find ...   More
 
Friday, May 9, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Vanifest Destiny: Foot On The Gas

Dave Stone moved to L.A. and lived in a van to make his comedy career happen.


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Editor’s note: WW contributor Pete Cottell lives in a van. For two years, Dave Stone, an L.A.-based comedian performing at this weekend’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, also lived in a van. We    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Little Bit Helps

Kristine Levine serves budding comics with constructive criticism.


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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

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

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


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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

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