Maria Bamford
The Los Angeles-based comedian and actress known for her hilarious and unorthodox stand-up specials and her acclaimed Netflix series, Lady Dynamite, returns to Revolution Hall for what's guaranteed to be the first great comedy show of 2018.
Jan 13, 7 pm, Revolution hall, $35, all ages


The I, Anonymous Show
Featuring true, real-life rants and confessions submitted anonymously to the Mercury, the I, Anonymous Show is a comedic, crazy tour through what people really think! Join enthusiastic host Caitlin Weierhauser as she reads the most scandalous I, Anonymous submissions to this month’s panel of laugh-makers: Sarah X Dylan and Greg Nibler from the beloved Funemployment Radio podcast, and one of the great hosts of Minority Retort, Julia Ramos! It’ll be a hilarious deep-dive into the human mind. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Jan 3, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10

Shane Torres
When former Portlander Shane Torres takes a break from his quasi-glamorous life in New York to come back to town for a comedy set, you should absolutely go. He’s a goofy, tragicomic, self-effacing performer and one of the few comedians I’ve seen who can make me laugh about the depressing concept of emotional debt. MEGAN BURBANK
Jan 5-7, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, 10 pm; Sun 7:30 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20-28

Felipe Esparza
The Mexican comedian known for his recent HBO special, Translate This, brings his raw, real-life stand-up back to Portland for a stop on his "Bad Decisions" tour.
Jan 6, Revolution Hall, $32.50-50

Control Yourself: Four Fucking Years!
JoAnn Schinderle's stand-up showcase turns four, and to celebrate she's turning the stage over to her personal favorite established and up-and-comer local comedians.
Jan 7, 8:30 pm, Alberta Street Pub, free

Brendan Schaub
A weekend of shows with former UFC heavyweight Brendan "Big Brown" Schaub, co-host of The Fighter & The Kid podcast along with comedian Bryan Callen, and a fledgling stand-up in his own right.
Jan 11-13, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $22-27

Improv Giants
A one-night only massive attack of improv comedy all-stars, including Shelley McLendon, Nicholas Kessler, Chris Williams, Kara Moore, and Dylan Reiff.
Jan 12, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $10

Markiplier's You're Welcome Tour
YouTube star, comedic vlogger, and Forbes' "30 Under 30" media luminary Mark “Markiplier” Fishbach brings his show on the road for a night of live adventures, improv games, and audience challenges.
Jan 14, 7 pm, Keller Auditorium, $35-125

Jon Dore
Jon Dore's offbeat, bait-and-switch standup style is thoroughly satisfying, which is why Variety named him one of their 10 comics to watch, and IFC gave him his very own show.
Jan 18-20, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $18-32

Lewis Black
One of the angriest men in the history of stand-up makes his annual pilgrimage to Portland as part of his "The Joke's on Us" tour.
Jan 19, 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-75

Emily Heller
One of the funniest comedians working today returns to Portland to record the anticipated follow-up to her Kill Rock Stars-issued debut, Good For Her.
Jan 20, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $12

Adam Sandler
Do you think he'll do the song about Hanukkah? Oh, oh, maybe he'll tell the story about looking at his own anus in the bathroom mirror! OH, do you think he'll do the bit about the talking goat who gets beat up by a drunken farmer? So many classics!
Jan 23, 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $75-250

Bert Kreischer
The amped-up Bert Kreischer is simply a joy to watch and listen to. His Bertcast podcast is fantastic and he’s the funniest guest on any show he’s on (his appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where he first told his now-viral Russian mafia/”The Machine” story, are classics). The dude is just funny, and you should join me at Helium to see him. Also, a quick fun fact: His time in school (or, really, the frat house) at Florida State was the inspiration for Ryan Reynolds’ character in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. DOUG BROWN
Jan 25-28, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Sun 7:30 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $30-35

Minority Retort
Portland's only monthly stand-up showcase for comedians of color returns with another super-sized installment at the Hollywood Theatre. This round of Minority Retort features a homecoming set by Los Angeles-based comedian and 2012 "Portland’s Funniest Person" winner Nathan Brannon, along with support from Thomas Lundy, Katie Nguyen, and Wilfred Padua. Hosted by Jason Lamb, Julia Ramos and Neeraj Srinivasan.
Jan 29, 8 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $12

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!