An evening of stand-up with the Australian comedian whose carefully concocted blend of acidity and compassion has landed him a late-night talk show on Comedy Central and a headlining show at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Mar 23, 7 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-182.50
The Aces: Hot Fruit
It’s always a treat to see the Aces, the infinitely inventive, disarmingly handsome, buoyantly goofy sketch duo of Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters. Amid chaos and uncertainty, we can always count on them to make us laugh by pretending to be gorillas. Or sloths! Or rich bird enthusiasts speaking in soothing tones while their male model houseboy serves snacks! Whatever the Aces are up to—in their latest outing, Hot Fruit, that’s “fire, intrigue, and of course, produce”—it’s worth seeing. MEGAN BURBANK
Mar 2-10, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
The I, Anonymous Show
Sure, the Portland Mercury is the world's greatest newspaper, and reading it is the only reason you get out of bed in the morning. BUT! Did you know we also put on the I, Anonymous Show, a hilarious live event inspired by our eternally popular I, Anonymous column? Well, we do. Now you know. This week, the I, Anonymous Show features beloved local comedians Nariko Ott, Milan Patel, and Shilpa Joshi, who'll go deep in discussing the latest, weirdest, creepiest, rantiest, sexiest, and anonymous-iest I, Anonymouses! This show's always a blast, and with this lineup, this one will be especially fun. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Mar 7, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10
The absurdist Australian sketch and comedy group consisting of writers and performers Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, director/writer Sam Lingham, filmmaker Max Miller, and musician Tom Armstrong bring their Big Boys live show to the Aladdin stage for the Portland stop on a North American tour.
Mar 7, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30
For the Record
Helium plays host to a local stand-up showcase with a specific purpose: providing our hometown heroes with quality filmed material to help them score national gigs. Tonight's lineup includes Katie Nguyen, Jake Silberman, Brandon Lyons, Neeraj Srinivasan, Alayna Becker, Ben Harkins, Alex Rios, Shain Brenden, Becky Braunstein, and Adam Pasi.
Mar 7, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $8
A full weekend of stand-up with the veteran comedian and actor who got his start on Star Search before becoming a household name for his staring roles in Houseguest, First Kid, and Jingle All the Way.
Mar 8-10, Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $35
It takes a certain type of person to appreciate the comedy of Anthony Jeselnik (not judging here). One needs to enjoy dark, cruel one-liners that are constructed with mathematical precision, and presented with a sociopathic glare (with juuuuuust a hint of self-awareness and charm). These are jokes that will make your mother blanch and stare at you disapprovingly—but you’re not bringing her along, are you? WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Mar 9, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30
Colin Mochrie & Friends
If you're unfamiliar with Curious Comedy, they are a terrific theater providing stand-up comedy, improv, and classes to a laff-needing city. So don't miss tonight's fundraiser for the venue, Colin Mochrie and Friends, starring the verrrry funny former star of Who's Line Is It Anyway? doing improv with all-star members of the Curious Comedy troupe.
Mar 11, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $25, all ages
Lez Stand Up
Lez Stand Up returns to Helium with another showcase of quality queer comedy, including sets from Irene Tu, Marita De Leon, Caitlin Weierhauser, Laura Anne Whitley, Corrina Lucas, and Bob Wolf. Hosted by Kirsten Kuppenbender.
Mar 14, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $12
Off the Cuff
Milan Patel hosts a fresh installment of Helium's latest recurring show, Off the Cuff, which asks local comedians to prepare a 7-minute set based off of audience suggestions fielded at the top of the show. Once the comedians have their go, the audience will select a winner to host a future Off the Cuff show. Featuring sets by JoAnn Schinderle, Nariko Ott, Amanda Arnold, Ben Harkins, and James Barela.
Mar 15, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $12
Suzanne Westenhoefer, Ashleigh Flynn
The Rose presents an evening of stand-up from a veteran comedian who was one of the first openly gay stand-ups to make a big splash on the comedy scene.
Mar 16, 8 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $30-38
A weekend of stand-up from the writer, comedian, and actress who got her break on NBC's Last Comic Standing and went on to become a writer and frequent guest on Chelsea Lately, as well as a star on The Mindy Project.
Mar 16-17, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $23-26
An evening of stand-up with the renowned "comedian's comedian" known for his observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating style, his animated stage presence, and his ability to appeal to a broad range of age groups and audiences.
Mar 17, 8 pm, Keller Auditorium, $39.50-65, all ages
The Capitol Steps
The Washington DC-based political satire group known for their Government-skewering song parodies and comedy routines bring their act to Revolution Hall for the Portland stop on the "Orange is the New Barack" tour.
Mar 18, 7 pm, Revolution Hall, $35-65, all ages
P.L.O.W.: Portland Legends of Wrestling
For professional wrestling fans who know down deep the best part of the whole circus isn't even the 'rasslin part—it's the promos. Shane Hosea hosts an evening of Portland comedy talent assuming outlandish personalities and cutting only the finest promos live on stage.
Mar 21, 7:30 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space
Demetri Martin's Let's Get Awkward tour returns to 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 all weekend long at Helium Comedy Club.
Mar 22-24, Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $35
The Best of the Second City
The Second City Touring Company brings some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from the historic company's fifty-two year history out to the Newmark Theatre, offering you the chance to see where the likes of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell got their stats, and get a glimpse of the up-and-coming talent that's currently inhabiting the Second City ranks.
Mar 23, 7 pm, Newmark Theatre, $20.50-25.50
The South African comedian takes a break from his hosting duties at The Daily Show to hit the road with his latest political stand-up routine.
Mar 24, 8 pm, Theater of the Clouds, $39-75
The Irish comedian, actor, writer, and creator of the excellent British sitcom, Black Books, brings his latest stand-up show, Grumbling Mustard, to the Revolution Hall stage.
Mar 26, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $40
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Live
Comedian, actress, and writer Rachel Bloom and the rest of the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast and songwriters swing through Portland to bring their groundbreaking and hilarious romantic musical comedy-drama to life on the Revolution Hall stage.
Mar 30-31, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!