One of the most successful comedians of the 21st century comes back through Portland to bless the city with new jokes courtesy his latest worldwide venture, "The Irresponsible Tour."
Jun 15, 7 pm, Moda Center, $35-125
Middleditch & Schwartz
Get ready for an evening of wild-yet-intimate improv comedy with Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation and Richard Hendricks from Silicon Valley—except they won’t be playing those characters because that was TV and this is real life. IRL, Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch are maybe even funnier than their fictional counterparts! These two mumbly, bumbly comic geniuses share a hilarious history of playing off one another via longform improv and tender full-body spooning.
Jun 1, 7:30 pm, $39.50
The charming comedian, writer, and storyteller out of New Orleans returns to Portland for a two-night stand at Helium.
Jun 1-2, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $22-30
Green Luck Media Group presents a night of comedy, music, and more, with crafted fashion from Deity, stand-up from Shrista Tyree, Amanda Lynn Deal, Mohanad Elshieky, and Adam Pasi, live performances by Alexis Whitney and Youngshirtmayne, and additional music from Soul Jones and Chuckie Buckets. Hosted by Lance Edward.
Jun 2, 9 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $10
2 Wet Crew
Brent Weinbach, DJ Douggpound, and Mikey Kampmann take their lo-fi absurdist web series to the Mississippi Studios stage, bringing you an evening of live performances and original video segments.
Jun 6, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $5
A weekend of stand-up with the Los Angeles-via-Indiana comedian known for his popular YouTube channel, finishing as the first runner up of America's Got Talent Season 10, and for his past appearances at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Jun 7-9; Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
Most know him as a sitcom star (Mad About You), through Netflix's Stranger Things, or as the rat-fuck sonofabitch company man in Aliens, but Paul Reiser got his start as a stand-up. Missing his return to that particular art form? That's a bad call, Ripley. It's a bad call.
Jun 8, 8 pm, Aladdin theater, $35, all ages
The Los Angeles-based drag queen, actor, and singer known for appearing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race and for winning the third season of third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars brings the "Now With Moving Parts" Tour through the Newmark Theatre just in time to kick-start Pirde Week in Portland.
Jun 13, 8 pm, Newmark Theatre, $37.25-105
Come watch a grumpy carpenter worth millions complain about how unfair the world is to hetero white men. Maybe there'll be jokes, too. Who knows.
Jun 9, 7pm & 10 pm, Aladdin Theater, $39.50-49.50
The I, Anonymous Show
For those who love crazy rants, sexy secrets, and laughing your guts out… have we got the show for you! It’s the May edition of the I, Anonymous Show, in which we pick the WILDEST anonymous submissions from the Mercury’s popular column and blog and read them live onstage for an enthusiastic audience! This month, along with host (and Portland’s funniest person) Caitlin Weierhauser, we have panel featuring the comedic wit of Wendy Weiss, Amanda Lynn Deal, and Kate Murphy! And oh boy… will they have opinions! Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss the laughs!
Jun 13, 7:30pm pm, Curious Comedy, $10
Brian Regan isn't the only comic out there who can wreck your sides with a completely clean set. Tom Papa earned his veteran stripes on the road with a comedy sensibility that doesn't dabble in the bluer shades of the laugh spectrum, but still elicits genuine guffaws from the crowds who see him.
Jun 13, 8 pm, Helium Comedy club, $20
Lez Stand Up: PRIDE
If any regular stand-up showcase is going to do Pride right, it's gonna be this one: Lez Stand Up makes sure to celebrate "the high holy homosexual holidays" with sets from Carlos the Rollerblader, Corina Lucas, Alayna Becker, Laura Anne Whitley, and Katie Piatt, as well as a new segment called Lez Sit Down, all hosted by Bob Wolf and Kirsten Kuppenbender.
Jun 14, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
On Cinema at the Cinema LIVE
Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington bring their very successful (and very ridiculous) satire of film podcasts and podcasters to Portland, with a set of secret special guests in tow.
Jun 15, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30
"Hey, are y'all ready to smaaash some fruuit?"
Okay, but like, what about all that ugly right-wing paranoia that you're passing off as "jokes?"
"...This is a really big watermelon, yeee-hoooo!"
Jun 15-16, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Harvey's Comedy Club, $25-35
Once upon a time, she was simply a ginger D-lister. But through sheer force of will and a thoroughly amazing ability to talk shit non-stop, Kathy Griffin has become a two-time Emmy Winner, a New York Times bestseller, and a Grammy nominee.
Jun 17, 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35.50-125
The writer, actor, and comedian known for being the "kid" half of the popular UFC podcast, The Fighter & The Kid, brings his stand-up stylings through Portland for a full slate of shows at Helium.
Jun 21-23; Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $20-34
The Nashville-based singer/songwriter who received a Grammy nomination for Blake Shelton's recording of his hit song, "God Gave Me You," swings through the Doug Fir to perform some tunes along with some stand-up comedy in support of his latest album, Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself.
Jun 23, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $15-20
Renowned comedian and entertainer Franco Escamilla brings his sarcastic comedy stylings through the Newmark Theatre for the Portland stop on the "R.P.M." Tour.
Jun 24, 9 pm, Newmark Theatre, $49.05-129.60
The latest installment of Portland's only comedy showcase focused entirely on POC and minorities features a headlining set from up-and-coming Atlanta-based stand-up Yedoye Travis, along with support from Portland's own James Barela and Lance Edwards, Seattle's Aisha Faroud, and other special guests. Hosted by Jason Lamb, Julia Ramos, and Neeraj Srinivasan.
Jun 29, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $10