• Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 4: Theme Park with Oscar Nunez, Janet Varney, Michael Hitchcock, Natasha Leggero

    PORTLAND — My last stand at this year’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival came via the world of long-form improv, a tightrope walk that can provide brilliance and failure in heaping helpings. Luckily, we were in the hands of a bunch of masters: Theme Park, the improv group that features Oscar Nunez of The Office, Michael Hitchcock (Best In Show, United States of Tara), and Janet Varney (Dinner & A Movie, Burning

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 3: Matt Braunger, Kurt Braunohler and more!

    Portland — Which three-word phrase is going to be hardest to wrest from my head in the post-Bridgetown weeks to come: “stocks and bonds” or “place on plate”? I’ve heard the former at least three times via former Portlander Matt Braunger. The tall, cherubic comic (his description, not mine) helped found this comedy festival and has been one of the voices most heard throughout this year’s edition. Thankfully Braunger has

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 2: Dad Boner, Ian Karmel, Peter Serafinowicz, more!

    PORTLAND — The appearance of Funny Over Everything on the schedule for the Bridgetown Comedy Fest comes as no surprise for local stand-up fans. The monthly event never fails to surprise and delight via some smart booking decisions (recent shows have featured Kyle Kinane, Hannibal Buress, and Nate Bargatze) and the chance to drink in the wit of the city’s best comedy voices. The Bridgetown edition of FOE (held, as

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 1: Lance Bangs, Megan Amram, Moshe Kasher and more!

    PORTLAND — The first night of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival featured no references to the craziness that happened in Boston this week nor any of the insanity that was still unfolding. But if there was a prevailing mood that hung over the opening events of this annual celebration of the funny it was a craving for catharsis. And oh did we ever get that. The release valve was kicked open

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