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Scene & Heard: Bridgetown Co-Founder Matt Braunger Recounts a Funny Portland Experience

As the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (April 21–24) commences, we asked festival co-founder Matt Braunger to explain what’s really funny about his hometown.

March 9, 2011 Published in the April 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

PEOPLE THINK PORTLAND IS ‘WEIRD,’ BUT REALLY, IT’S RANDOM. For example: When I was 17, gangbangers attacked me in a park for my beer. They bruised my arm and broke my nose. Suddenly, a guy I played football with chased them off. I went to the ER. I met a redneck, who was there because he tried to jump an electric fence. It was 2 a.m. All I could see outside my hospital room was a computer screen. Someone was playing Tetris. The doctor came in, told me to relax, then left again. Thirty minutes later, I got up and looked out. The doctor was playing Tetris. He came back in, said that I should be as good as new in a couple days. ‘Healthy enough to play Tetris?’ I asked. He agreed.”

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