Various Locations Across Portland
Thurs July 19, 7 pm, Fri July 20, 6 pm, Sat July 21, 2 pm & Sun July 22, 12 pm
Recommended by Suzette Smith
Are you ready to laugh all weekend long? Portland’s Queer Comedy Fest is the place to do it! Now in its second year, the fest—which primarily showcases queer comedians but also contains a few friendly Portland allies (the One Straight Show on Sun, 6 pm)—draws talent from around the county to four stages for four hilarious fun-filled nights. This year’s lineup includes Irene Tu (SF), Jame Adomian (LA), Jason Stuart (LA) and many other greats from across the US (though, let’s be real, mostly LA). Portland’s robust and local talent also makes a powerful showing. The Keep Portland Queer (Thurs, 9 pm) lineup looks especially funny, with local joke monsters like Whitney Streed, Chris Ettrick, and D. Martin Austin—whose ridiculous party descriptions you’ve read in the Mercury’s Party Review column. The fest includes some improv shows like Rants Off / Dance Off (Sat, 8 pm) and don’t miss the Bingo (Sun, 4 pm) reads with drag queens Bolivia Carmicheals and Valerie DeVille. Did I mention that Portland’s Queer Comedy Fest is the only multi-day, multi-stage queer comedy fest in our entire dern country? This fest is something to be proud about.
Visit https://portlandqueercomedyfestival.com/ for the schedule and a full list of performers.