Long Story Short

Mohaned Elsheiky Fled Libya. Now He's a Stand-Up Comic in Portland.

The former English teacher from Benghazi has risen quickly in this city's crowded comedy scene.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Comedy

Comedian Jim Norton on How He Got Robert De Niro to Spank Him

The famously dirty comic unloads ahead of his September 23 show at the Aladdin Theater.

09/18/2017 By Marty Patail

Sketch Comedy

Portland’s Newest Comedy Festival Celebrates Sketch

Sketchfest’s cofounder Ted Douglass promises plenty of laughs—and powerful air conditioning.

07/11/2017 By Bryanna Briley

Comedy

Portland Gets Its First-Ever Queer Comedy Festival

It's the first multiday fest in the country wholly dedicated to queer comics and their friends and fans.

06/12/2017 By Lisa Dunn

Comedy

Bridgetown Comedy Festival Returns—Maybe for the Last Time

Cofounder Andy Wood is considering calling time on Portland’s best-loved comedy fest.

04/27/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From Bridgetown Comedy Fest to PDX Supergroup Eyelids, May's Pop Culture Hot List

The comedy shows, record, and play you can't miss this month

04/17/2017 By Fiona McCann

Comedy

Comedian Ali Wong Talks Jumbotrons, Rom-Coms, and Bun Bo Hue

The Baby Cobra star passes through Portland for four back-to-back shows. We ask her about her book and upcoming big-screen plans. She asks us about furry slippers and Vietnamese food.

03/21/2017 By Ramona DeNies

The Oregon Woman: Follow Along

19 Oregon Women You Must Follow on Social Media

Pundits, belly-laugh makers, deep thinkers, and eye candy generators: here are the local ladies to follow on Instagram and Twitter.

03/20/2017 By Portland Monthly Staff

Comedy

John Cleese Wants Your Crankiest Questions

The Monty Python veteran says Portlanders are smart. When he swings through town on March 15, he hopes we've also got sass.

03/09/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Comedy

Bridgetown Announces Initial 2017 Lineup—Plus Bonus Patton Oswalt Show

In addition to stand-up stalwarts like Janeane Garofalo, Baron Vaughn, and Karen Kilgariff, Oswalt hits the Schnitz for a special pre-fest show.

02/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Comedy

France's Most Famous Comedian Brings His English-Language Act to Portland

After intensive prep, Gad Elmaleh—"the Jerry Seinfeld of France"—embarks on a national stand-up tour.

01/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

Bri Pruett on Dating, Small-Batch Granola, and Why She's Leaving Portland

The longtime local comedian brings back her solo show, Stellar, before she abandons us for Los Angeles.

01/04/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Politics

Portland Performers, Creators, and Arts Leaders Get Ready for a New "Inspiration": Donald Trump

Expect an era of “satire with teeth,” among other responses.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Wise Up: Get Artsy

6 Places in Portland to Embrace Your Inner Artist

Darkroom photography to improv comedy, here are the city’s best spots to get artsy.

11/14/2016 By Ko Ricker

Comedy

Why W. Kamau Bell Is Luxuriating in Sadness

The comedian tells us the question he'd ask Obama, what his five-year-old daughter thinks of Trump, and why visiting Portland is like going back to an ex-girlfriend’s house.

10/17/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

All Jane Comedy Festival

Comedian Dulcé Sloan Tells the Truth. But Funny.

The LA-based comic is in Portland for All Jane. She talks activism, visibility, and her failure to avoid her fate.

10/05/2016 By Lisa Dunn

PERFORMANCE

How the Small-But-Mighty Stumptown Improv Festival Powers Up Portland Comedy

In its third year, the fest promises another killer lineup of improv and sketch from Portland and beyond.

07/12/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Seven Curators and Creators Share Top Picks from Portland’s Arts Scene

From in-your-face theater to a bold magazine for women guitarists, here are some of Portland’s best things to watch, hear, and read.

06/13/2016 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

COMEDY

The 11 Best Jokes from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Funny people flocked to Portland this weekend for the ninth annual fest. Here are the moments that made us laugh longest and hardest.

06/06/2016 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Katie Vaughan, and Lisa Dunn

COMEDY

Eight Can't-Miss Shows at the 2016 Bridgetown Comedy Festival

All-lady lineups. Comic deconstruction. Heaps of hometown (and formerly hometown) heroes. Here are our top bets for this year's fest.

05/27/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Marty Patail