I just got off the phone with Bridgetown Comedy Festival organizer Andy Wood, who tells me that a new standup comedy club is scheduled to open in Portland at the end of July.

The club's owner also has a place in Philadelphia called the Helium Comedy Club, which Wood tells me has a reputation for "booking good comics and treating them well." The venue will be located on the second floor of the Chelsea Ballroom at 9th and Hawthorne.