• 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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    The Laughspin Bridgetown Comedy Fest wrap-up with Todd Barry, Jon Glaser, more!

    I know, I know. It’s been days and days since the Bridgetown Comedy Festival wrapped up, but I needed that time to process the adventure. I saw so many shows over the course of the four-day run that some of it gets a bit fuzzy, so I had to storyboard my weekend and pick out my favorite all-around shows for you guys. First things first: I’m a Portland local and

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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 3

    PORTLAND, OR — I bounced around a lot Saturday night since there was so much good shit. Also – I realized that it only takes me about two minutes of good comedy to fall completely in love with someone. There are four to five comics who I would offer my womb to if they wanted a child right now. It’s problematic. That is not the point. First up on day

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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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