• 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 Diary: Inside Portland’s annual comedy festival (Daily updates)

    PORTLAND — Bridgetown is comedy Christmas. For the locals like me it usually starts a day early. Kickoff shows on the eve of the festival are filled to the brim with comedy nerds hoping that a comedian of note is in town early. It just so happens Bridgetown favorite Todd Glass stops into to a show at the Tonic Lounge and gives the already-packed show the perfect finale for the

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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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    LA comedy represents in Portland; a SoCal perspective on the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

    As the fourth annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland came to a close yesterday, some of the best, brightest, and most original in comedy were put on display to uproarious, standing room only crowds. This is especially true for the LA comedy scene. Looking at the list of almost 200 scheduled performers at Bridgetown, over a third of them are based out of Los Angeles. Portland, seemingly a more indie-minded

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Day 4

    PORTLAND, OR – Sunday marked the last day of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and though there were fewer shows to attend, I did see some solid comedy to end the weekend. I popped around a lot on Sunday to check out some of the festival’s up-and-coming comics. Mostly I tried to see people whose names I had heard from other comics and attendees. One of my favorites was Sharon Lacey,

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Day 1

    PORTLAND, OR – The first night of Portland’s 4th annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival began last night and the skies of Oregon shined down. Literally. Like, it was over 50 degrees, you guys. There was sunshine. Every hipster in attendance was excited, but they would never tell you that. With 19 shows at eight venues along the popular Hawthorne Boulevard – there was a lot of laughter to be had. Though

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    Why you should go to Bridgetown Comedy Festival

    Back in December, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland was voted by Punchline Magazine’s readers as the Best Comedy Festival even though it’s only in its third year. Heavily featuring stand-up comedy, which the organizers agreed when they founded it, was experiencing a resurgence (and still is), Bridgetown’s popularity is largely due to the fact that it hosts comedy’s best and brightest, but is incredibly more accessible than other festivals

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