Beloved science guy Bill Nye makes his first-ever Portland appearance in conjunction with the 38th Anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption, with proceeds from the event going to benefit the Mount St. Helens Institute.
May 18, 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $40-60
The I, Anonymous Show
The long-running Portland Mercury column “I, Anonymous” is famous for allowing readers to send in their most whacked-out rants and confessions—anonymously and without being judged. NO LONGER! In “The Portland Mercury Presents: The I, Anonymous Show” host Caitlin Weierhauser will read some of the wildest, uncensored I, Anonymous submissions ever, which will then be judged by our hilarious jury. Watch some of the funniest people alive judge the most awful people ever for your fun and enjoyment!
May 2, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10
One of SNL's longest-running cast members, Tim Meadows has created such memorable characters as The Ladies Man Leon Phelps and Perspectives host Lionel Osbourne—and tonight he's stretching his legs into the world of stand-up comedy. Hilarity is practically ensured! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
May 3-5; Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $18-25
An evening of technology-focused stand-up with the English comedian and writer known for his YouTube television show Scamalot, which highlights Veitch's humorous exchanges with scam emails.
May 6, Mississippi Studios, $20-24
Qurb Magazine and Peaches Christ Productions present their latest drag stage show parody, Steel Dragnolias, starring Alaska Thunderfuck, Coco Peru, Peaches Christ, Heklina, Mahlae Balenciaga, and Abbey Roads.
May 10, 7 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30, all ages
An weekend of stand-up from the New York-based comedian and actor best known for his appearances on Conan, MTV2's The Guy Code, and Showtime's Billions. Soder can also be heard on SiriusXM's The Bonfire with fellow comedian Big Jay Oakerson, as well as on his debut comedy recording, Dan Soder's Not Special.
May 10-12; Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
An evening of observational stand-up delivered with a sarcastic and self-deprecating edge from this Idaho-born and raised comedian who has made appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central.
May 11, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $29.50, all ages
TraegerMethod Comedy Show
The latest installment of comedian Jason Traeger's free monthly showcase brings a mind-melting array of comedy, music, and video art performances to the Holocene stage, along with featured sets from Caitlin Weierhauser, Jeremiah Coughlan, Corina Lucas, Brandon Lyons, and Lydia Manning. Co-hosted by Milan Patel.
May 14, 8 pm, Holocene, free
Losing John Oliver to HBO didn't slow down the irrepressible Andy Zaltzman any. Okay, maybe a little bit, for a little time. But his comedic news podcast The Bugle is still going strong, now with a rotating cast of amazing guest hosts every week, and now with a live stop at the Alberta Rose.
May 17, 8 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $25-30
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If you like your comedy wonderfully dry, I cannot recommend anyone more highly than LA stand-up Beth Stelling. Her deadpan delivery is cool, collected, and sharp; her leather jackets are enviable; and watching her set is the comedy equivalent of when you finally sit down with a good friend after a hard day of casual sexism and get right into it over hard liquor. By which I mean: cathartic, but also fun. MEGAN BURBANK
May 18, 8 pm, Star Theater, $18
Dave Attell & Jeff Ross
Two of the comedy's biggest names join forces for the "Bumping Mics" tour, giving you two chances to catch the host of Insomniac and the “The Roastmaster General” on stage together at Revolution Hall for what's sure to be a no holds barred event.
May 19, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Revolution Hall, $42.50
In a world of Nice Guys™, Mick Foley is the real deal. The three-time WWE champion's got a mane of dark curls and a heart of gold: He's a big fan of Tori Amos, advocated for victims of gay-bashing and sexual assault, AND ONE TIME HIS EAR CAME OFF. Dude's got some stories, is what I'm saying, and you can hear 'em tonight. MEGAN BURBANK
May 23, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $25-75
Hosts Martin Lendahls and Isaac Pendergrass present a live comedy game show filmed at Helium Comedy Club. "Wait... What?" pits four teams of Portland comics against each other in a series of challenges created to get each performer out of their comfort zones. Contestants include Susan Rice, Shane Mauss, Sam Miller, Joanie Quinn, Caitlin Weierhauser, Chris Ettrick, Amanda Arnold, and Katie Nguyen.
May 24, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $12