The Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy
Portland comedy is better than ever—and in this one-of-a-kind show you’ll see Portland’s funniest people (and hilarious up-and-comers) all on one stage. Stand-up comedians, sketch comedy, funny film shorts, and acts that defy description…all featuring Portland’s local “undisputable” geniuses! Starring Portland’s funniest person 2017 Caitlin Weierhauser, Anthony Lopez, Becky Braunstein, Isaac Pendergrass, JoAnn Schinderle, Adam Pasi, Whitney Streed, sketch comedy group The Aces, comedy power point from Philip Schallberger, and more surprises! Hosted by hometown-boy-made-good and returning genius, NARIKO OTT!
Sept 16, 8 pm, $20
Lez Stand Up: Not Tired of Winning Yet
I fucking love Lez Stand Up. Not only is it one of the city’s absolute best queer-friendly comedy showcases, it’s one of the city’s best comedy shows, full stop. There’s a reason the ladies of Lez Stand Up sell out shows without trying: They’re really fucking funny, and when they fill a room, having people who aren’t straight white dudes on the bill isn’t a tokenizing afterthought. Portland's Funniest Person Caitlin Weierhauser hosts this iteration of Lez Stand Up, with comedy from Rinna Rem, Mel Heywood, Shilpa Joshi, Bob Wolf, Laura Anne Whitley, and Kirsten Kuppenbender. MEGAN BURBANK
Sep 1, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $10
An evening with the Youngstown, Ohio-hailing comedian known for being a regular guest on "The Joe Rogan Experience," from his 2016 Netflix special, One Shot, and from his time spent touring and participating in celebrity roasts with the likes of Jeff Garlin and "Roastmaster General" Jeffrey Ross.
Sept 1, 9 pm, Aladdin Theater, $20
Adrian Uribe & Omar Chaparro: Imparables, El Show
Two of the biggest comedians in Mexico bring some of their most popular characters to the Schnitzer stage for a wild night of comedy that promises to be chock full of surprises.
Sept 2, 9 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $45-95
Nathan For You: Sneak Peek & Q&A
The force behind "Dumb Starbucks" and the excellent reality-based comedy series Nathan For You returns to Portland to provide a sneak peek at the show's eagerly-awaited fourth season. In addition to the screening, Fielder will host a Q&A promising "several off-the-cuff jokes," along with plenty of behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process behind one of the most absurdly fascinating shows on television.
Sept 6, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $35
Derek Sheen, Dusty York, Seth Johnson
Comedian Derek Sheen knows how to put a funny new spin on Portland's eccentricities. He's self-deprecating, charming, and a hot mess of whimsy and nerdiness, who cracks himself up nearly as much as everyone else. He's pretty much the spiritual little brother to Patton Oswalt. COURTNEY FERGUSON
Sept 6, 8 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $12
With jokes about the joys of divorce and the cultural expectation that every unwed lady who dies alone MUST own a cat, Jen Kirkman is the anti-Cathy "ACK!" comic. Her smart, mordant, vaguely existential brand of humor is a sad/funny reminder that we're all basically alone, right? But we might as well laugh during our stint in this mortal gutter. MEGAN BURBANK
Sept 7, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25
Demetri Martin's Let's Get Awkward tour stops in Portland, giving the comedian and former Daily Show correspondent the chance to showcase his eccentric brand of stand-up and his fabulous mop-top haircut live on the Revolution Hall stage.
Sept 10, 7 pm, Revolution Hall, $37.50, all ages
Helium presents a special one-off stand-up set with the comedian and actor known for his marijuana usage documentary Super High Me and his popular movie trivia podcast Doug Loves Movies. Note: What used to be a 4:20 set has now been moved to 5, allowing plenty of time to prepare accordingly before heading into the venue. And while you don't need to be stoned to appreciate Benson's brand of comedy, it certainly wouldn't hurt.
Sept 15, 5 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $22
On the podcast Throwing Shade, not to be confused with the English DJ of the same name, self-described “homosensual” Bryan Safi and “feminasty” Erin Gibson take it to the limit, all while they address—and make fun of—“issues important to ladies and gays.” They’re socially conscious improv loudmouths playing sold-out shows across the nation, and you’re about to be seeing a whole lot more of them. SUZETTE SMITH
Sept 15, 9 pm, Revolution Hall, $25
Hot off the heels of the well-received TV Land sitcom that he co-wrote and developed with his wife Jeannie, the Grammy-nominated comedian, bestselling author, and father of five returns to Portland for a night of stand-up. The last time Gaffigan came through town he headlined the Schnitz. For his "Noble Ape Tour," he's taking over the Moda Center. Not just the Theater of the Clouds-the whole entire arena.. After ten albums and numerous television appearances, you know what to expect: food, family, and everyday ruminations wrapped in a neat and tidy package. It's tough to fault him for sticking with what works, especially with five kids waiting back in Manhattan.
Sept 15, 8 pm, Moda Center, $35.75-69.75
Hahaha what. Whoops. Sorry. Didn't mean to put that here. Certainly didn't mean for you to think this was a recommended pick or anything. I mean, it's Rob Schneider, for fuck's sake. All apologies. Moving on.
Sept 17, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $35-37 holy shit really? almost $40 to watch this guy tell stories about cupping Adam Sandler's balls for 20 years? Jesus.
Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher
You might be familiar with Los Angeles-based comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher by way of their weekly stand-up podcast Put Your Hands Together, their dearly departed Seeso sitcom Take My Wife, or their previous appearances at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Somehow, they managed to find enough time to bring their Back to Back tour to Portland, giving you the chance to witness extended sets from both prolific comedians.
Sept 22, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $32.50
One of satellite radio's most notorious fuckin' degenerates brings his acerbic, acidic, lowbrow bullshit to Portland as part of his Kneeling Room Only tour.
Sept 23, 7 pm, Aladdin Theater, $35-90
People who know comedy, know and love Todd Glass. The stand-up legend—who’s also the host of the great The Todd Glass Show podcast and the writer of a critically acclaimed and revealing 2014 memoir about his intense life, the LA comedy scene, and his sexual orientation—brings his trademark high-energy act to town. He’s doing five shows, so you have no excuse not to go to at least one of them. DOUG BROWN
Sept 28-30, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
Peaches Christ returns to the Aladdin Theater to present the Portland staging of her Hocus Pocus parody, Hocum Pokem. RuPaul's Drag Race alumni Ginger Minj and Season Five winner Jinkx Monsoon round out the core cast, and attendees are encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit early by showing up dressed in costume.
Sept 30, 7 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30