Bridgetown Comedy Festival Unveils 2016 Lineup

Highlights for the June fest include Rachel Bloom, Rachel Dratch, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, and Baron Vaughn.

By Rebecca Jacobson March 15, 2016

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Rachel Bloom is excited about baked goods. And Bridgetown.

Bridgetown—Portland’s annual “summer camp for comedians”—has just announced its 2016 slate, and it looks stellar. (Then again, when has the comedy festival, at least in recent memory, not had an impressive lineup?)

Standouts for the ninth annual installment, running June 1–5, include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom (fresh off a Golden Globe for Best Actress), former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, comically gifted musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, and John Michael Higgins, whose name you might not know but whose face you definitely recognize from all those Christopher Guest films (he owned the Shih Tzu in Best in Show). As far as returning favorites, get ready for Sara Schaefer, Baron Vaughn, Matt Kirshen, Rhea Butcher, Eddie Pepitone, and Oscar Nunez.

The lineup is also long on local names—if you haven’t yet seen Curtis Cook or Bri Pruett perform, please get on that. We’re no psychics, but if we had to tap anyone to decamp for Los Angeles next, it’d probably be one of those two. Speaking of those who decamp for LA, both Amy Miller and Sean Jordan will be back in town, only a few months after ditching Portland.

For more, check out the full list of performers. Things kick off June 1, with ticket and venue info still to come.

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