A Date with John Waters
Just months after hosting his holiday show here, cult filmmaker and author John Waters returns to the Aladdin Theater with another charming one-man show for Valentine’s Day. We're the only city that gets to spend the special day with the Prince of Puke himself, so don't miss out!
Feb 14, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $37-115, all ages
Guy Branum is a no-nonsense, magnanimous, law school-educated, LGBTQ comedian-championing hero. I first saw him perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where he distinguished himself by taking Bernie bros to task and hosting an incredible showcase of emerging queer comedians. Branum can also be heard on a particularly memorable episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder, where he put to rest a debate over the difference between attempted murder and murder. He’s the best. MEGAN BURBANK
Feb 1-3, Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
The stand-up show in which comedians perform a set and then interact with their jokes in animated form is entering the realm of virtual reality. Laugh along with some of Portland’s best comics, and then watch as they confront their own creations in the weird and unsettling world of VR. Throw in some audience gaming, along with live chiptune music from Mechlo, and you’ve got all the makings of a completely unique showcase. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
Feb 2, 8 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $15-20
Los Angeles-based comedian and actor Ron G served as a consulting producer on W. Kamau Bell's United Shades of America and has appeared at comedy festivals and clubs around the country. Catch him tonight when he brings his energetic and relatable blend of observational stand-up to the Winningstad Theatre stage.
Feb 3, 7 pm, Winningstad Theatre, $20-25
Stumptown Improv Presents!
Not only is Portland’s annual Stumptown Improv Festival essential summertime entertainment, the fest organizers are now bringing in sketch and improv groups throughout the year for one-off shows. This time around, Stumptown Improv Presents! brings funny folks The Magic Negro and Other Blackness and White Women to town, both of whom inject commentary on race into their performances. Portland’s Local Ensemble rounds out the bill for what should be a solid night of smart comedy. MEGAN BURBANK
Feb 3, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $13
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: Jeremiah Coughlin, Erin Ingle, and Neeraj Srinivasan. It’ll be a hilarious deep-dive into the human mind. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Feb 7, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10
Kurt Braunohler is a master of chaos. When the comedian and actor isn't hosting the popular Hot Tub variety show in Los Angeles (along with the hilarious Kristen Schaal), he's out in the world pulling stunts to make people do double takes. Like that time he blindfolded a busload of comedy nerds and drove them to Council Crest Park during Bridgetown. He's taped a pair of specials here in Portland, so you can be sure he'll bring his A-game to town for this full slate of shows at Helium.
Feb 8-10, Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
For those who are cursing the day comedian Amy Miller left Portland for greener comedic pastures, you’re in luck! Amy is returning to Helium! Not only will your guts bust with laughter over her new material, they’ll bust again thanks to her hilarious local co-stars, Marcus Coleman and Caitlin Weierhauser. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Feb 11, 7 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $12
A week of stand-up with the San Francisco-hailing comedian known for his bestselling book, He's Just Not That Into You, his beloved podcast with Dave Anthony, Walking the Room, and his past appearances at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Feb 14-17; Wed-Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
One of Chelsea Lately's regulars broke free from the roundtable and ran off a string of successful stand-up specials (Lights Out, Don't Make Him Angry,) as well as starting his successful The Koy Pond podcast, and now he hits the Schnitz as part of his "Break the Mold" tour.
Feb 16, 7 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $30-45
It's Not You, It's... OK, Yeah, It's You
A special night for those who don't have the rosiest of outlooks on Valentine's Day, starring singer and storyteller Stephanie Schneiderman, with support from true tales by Shelley McLendon, Anthony Kell, and Chris Williams.
Feb 16, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $14-16
2nd Annual NW Black Comedy Festival
The triumphant celebration of Black comedy in the Northwest returns one day bigger and a whole lot better in its second year, setting up shop at Billy Webb's and shining a spotlight on the region's best Black improv, sketch, and stand-up comedians. Includes special editions of regular Portland showcases Minority Retort, and Your Fault for Listening, and sets from Curtis Cook, Lance Edward, the Broke Gravy improv group, Leann Johnson, Marcus Coleman, Anthony Robinson, Summer Azim, George Hill, Shain Brendan, and many more. VIP tickets include a full soul food buffet.
Feb 16-18; Fri-Sat 6pm; Sun 5 pm; Billy Webb Elks Lodge, $10-150
The creator and star of the dearly departed Sullivan & Son might not be doing sitcoms anymore, but he's still staying sharp with his stand-up.
Feb 22-24; Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-34
When the world is in turmoil, it can be soothing to look back at equally wackadoodle moments in history, if only to be reminded that this horror show isn’t new. But actual history texts can feel like dry homework. The Dollop podcast never does. Each week, charming hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds explore strange, discomfiting moments from our deeply flawed history. It’s just what we need. MEGAN BURBANK
Feb 23, 7 pm & 9:30 pm, Aladdin Theater, $27.50-50
If you need a reason for a good time, don’t miss Revolution Comedy’s monthly stand up showcase that promotes a very worthy cause. This month the show (hosted by Andie Main) will benefit Home PDX—which shares meals and supplies to the city's houseless—and feature an outstanding roster of laff-makers including Jake Silberman, Milan Patel, Corina Lucas, and Shain Brendan! It’s a perfect opportunity to do something good, and get a lot of fun out of it. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Feb 26, 7 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $5-15
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!