- Andy Batt
- THE LIBERATORS: Merely one very good argument for attending the Stumptown Improv Festival this weekend.
• Comedian Andie Main is stepping down from her perch as host of
drunk Pictionary art 'n' comedy showcase Picture This! "It's a very amicable split," says Main, who will be taking on new hosting duties for Curious Comedy's weekly open mic and a new open mic, Art Party. Main's last night on the job will be a farewell show this Friday.
• Are you listening to the Duncan Trussell Family Hour? YOU SHOULD BE! I realize every comedian presently alive has a podcast right now, but Trussell's is something special. It's got Marc Maron-level interviewing prowess, plus a buzzy undercurrent of existential dread that's somehow soothing? Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it was recommended to me during a delightful women-only campout that was supposed to be my Worst. Night. Ever. but was more like, a really fun chance to make new friends and mod-podge some sweet collages and do outdoor yoga? IDK. ANYWAY, Duncan Trussell's podcast is magic. Go listen to it now. Then get rid of all the extra crap in your house. He's like a stoned Marie Kondo, which, finally.
• Thursday! Thursday! Thursday! The Stumptown Improv Festival arrives at Milagro Theatre on Thursday, with a stacked lineup of local all-stars like the Liberators and out-of-town delights like the improbably named Virginia Jack. We've got a preview running in this week's arts section, but while you wait patiently for Wednesday, I highly recommend a refresher course through last year's coverage from my predecessor, Alison Hallett, when Stumptown was a brand-new baby fest. Also, this is definitely going to sell out, so I'd recommend getting your tickets now to avoid sadness when the shows inevitably sell out this weekend. Unless you're too cool for improv or something, which no one is.