I'm Pete Holmes:
Get out fat boy.
Seriously you should do well down there. My instincts like your instincts. And thats a lotta stinc (t).
How about a tv show that takes place in a city like Portland with monkeys that wear cowboy hats and ride around the city on dogs, stopping crime by distracting people with their hilarious monkeyshines!
Good luck to you, Ian! (And for the love of god don't move to Long Beach.)
good luck dude!
(i luv u, ian)
STARE INTO MY CHIN.
Ah ha. Finally now I can return Portland, in peace and serenity.
I am also in LA 'making it big-time'. Ian call me baby! Ciao! Kiss kiss
This article was like, whatevers.
Not at all true! Maybe you should know what you're talking about before you say something slanderous and condemning.
My wife and I were two of those judges.. the women did great, hell they all did great; Dudes AND Dudettes. When it came down to it though.. the right folks got picked. Gender had nothing to do with it. Judging was based on originality, audience reaction, stage presence, and delivery. Helium hosted a wonderful event and is the funniest gig in town.
For female performers, Purtle, Streed, Pruett and Stacey Hallal all made it to the Semifinals, where judges determined who advanced to the finals.
Best. Performer. Ever. A true genius. Even caught him improv'ing on a street corner at Last Thursday once.
Talented. Ingenious. Delicately irreverent. Reggie is just want the cynicism of the United States of America needs. Now. Long live Reggie and his traveling improvisatory stance on pop political affairs and the mundane set against his breaks beats and timbre that make it oh-so enjoyable to swallow.
It's so weird how the most innocuous little topics will incite the most rabid comments. Digging on some of the tag names, though -- here's atcha, hookerwithapenis and homo666. As soon as flamingtesticles signs on, it's a home run.
Comedy Is OK is the best comedy show in town. It's $5. Try it, you might like it.
Read up on this new invention, and how it might be used to make your 800 word rant decipherable. Other than being visually inaccessible, its pretty accurate. It was wrong for me to mention Ron Funches.
"Comedy hurts when it's bad. Much more than a shitty band, an awful comedian has the potential to turn audience members away from the art as a whole."
This is a good highlight of the double standard, but I just wanted to chime in that fear of shitty comics is about 30% of the reason I stay away from shows by unproven talents: fear of an obnoxious crowd is the other 70%.
The fake conversation format of stand-up really invites the drunks/assholes/dum-dums to try to participate, and it is really, really annoying, even worse than the "Freebird!" dickbags at concerts.
Did you attend Cheap Date? I didn't...because they were SOLD OUT when i got there. How dare you imply that these comics would put on a show that didn't meet or beat the standards of any other show in the city that night. They are amazing comics and the fact that they refuse to associate with the likes of you is a testament to many of us of your incompetence. "Young" comics...examine yourself and your material HONESTLY and ask yourself...would i feel satisfied as an audience member if i was the only person performing and had paid to see myself perform? If the answer is no then you are stealing from the public and being untrue to yourself and your art by allowing someone to pay you to do a set no matter how enticing it seems. He is right about one thing...one bad performance can put a sour taste in an inexperienced audience member's mouth and can deter them from seeing standup again at that venue. However, in my experience working during paid and free shows, that phenomenon increases for every dollar paid to see the show. You may perform in front of a "200" person audience and get paycheck for doing so...but more than likely, if you do something like that too soon in your career, you will lose the RESPECT of that audience...and ultimately you are not respecting yourself. I started my journey into the world of comedy by watching others...attending countless open mic's and just sitting in the audience supporting my friends. Those comics earned my respect because i saw them putting their blood, sweat and tears into their work. Watching them take the sting of every silence and enjoy the elation of every laugh. Watching them grow as comedians and progress from the bottom of an open mike list to being asked to do a showcase. Watching their art develop...had any of them been lured into one of these paid gigs too early in their comedic development I venture to say that it would have done little if anything for their career but give them a false sense of accomplishment and deter them from putting everything they had into perfecting their art. The process is grueling...but those refined by fire will emerge beautiful. To the comment above...there is no reason that a young comic in portland shouldn't be able to perform in at least 3 shows a week if they put in the work and contact the appropriate people. I have watched comics who are consistent and strong and have put in the work be rewarded for that with invites and performances in many of the showcases around town. Yes there are clubs that "edit" their shows and yes it can be frustrating as a comic. But to say that they are holding back art is going a little far. There are plenty of showcases or open mic/showcase combinations that are run by wonderful, hard-working people who are happy to give new comics a shot. You are almost certain to grace helium's stage the first time you sign up on their open mic list and when you get discouraged by not being chosen every week remember that the comedy scene IS flourishing and continuing to grow as you pointed out and that the up and coming comics deserve the same chance which means someone else will have to sit out. Are there politics involved, i'm sure there are. But if you don't like it, move on and put your time and talents elsewhere. But those "big names" deserve to get paid and i hardly doubt that the "large" payments they receive are enough to park a luxury car in their driveways. Just because they are paid does not mean they themselves are doing anything to discourage younger comics...in face many of them fully support younger comics or spend their time teaching and grooming them...and most of them are well loved and respected by the community. Which leads me to my last rant....@hookerwithapenis...How dare you use Ron's name to further your BS argument. He is an amazing person with a big heart both for people in general and for Portland comedy. He works hard for himself and his family and certainly deserves more respect than that from a piece of crap like you. I would rather get on a stage with him for free in front of a 3 person audience than be associated with one of your shows no matter how much you paid me. And i think there are several of us that feel the same...maybe more after this article and discussion so i guess in a way i should thank you. To all those working their tails off to "make it"....i congratulate you and keep up the hard work. To those who want an easy hand out for crappy sets...you will never get anywhere and you are shooting yourself in the foot.
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