The Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy
Portland comedy is better than ever—and in this one-of-a-kind show you’ll see Portland’s funniest people (and hilarious up-and-comers) all on one stage. Stand-up comedians, sketch comedy, and acts that defy description…all featuring Portland’s local “undisputable” geniuses! With stand-up from Mohanad Elshieky, Carter Anderson, Corina Lucas, Amanda Arnold, Riley McCarthy, Kate Murphy, Katie Nguyen, Neeraj Neeraj Srinivasan, Debbie Wooten, and Alex Falcone, along with sketch comedy by Shelley McLendon & Sedan. Hosted by Nariko Ott.
Sat Sept 8, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $17
A sterling example in the tradition of hilarious women who have to deal with a lot of bullshit, Margaret Cho is among the smartest and sharpest comedians commenting on social issues today. Her comedy often focuses on Asian-American representation in media, her struggles with “not being Asian enough,” and trashing Republicans.
Sept 1-2, Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Sun 7:30 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $30-38
The I, Anonymous Show!
If you’re looking for the most laff-tastic monthly comedy show in town, look no further than the I, Anonymous Show! Host Caitlin Weierhauser (Portland’s Funniest Person 2017) picks the craziest, most jaw-dropping anonymous submissions from the Mercury’s very popular column and blog, and then reads them aloud while gleefully dissecting them with a panel of funny smarty-pants. For those who like being shocked and laughing their bottoms off at the same time, you’ll love this show. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Wed Sept 5, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10
The Old Town Comedy Show
If you missed out on Amy Miller's last homecoming show, The Old Town Comedy Show is here with an opportunity to rectify that! Catch up with the former Portland comic tonight when she headlines an all-star line up, with Sam Miller, Isaac Novak, Julia Ramos, Neeraj Srinivasan, and Caitlin Weierhauser rounding out the proceedings. Hosted by Henry Russell Stoddard.
Wed Sept 5, 8 pm, Paris Theater, $15
The Cool Kids Patio Show
Every Thursday in September, Andie Main (and sometimes Mohanad Elshieky) take over the Doug Fir's pleasant patio section and transform it into a haven for some of the city's finest stand-ups, including sets from comics like Derek Sheen, Barbara Holm, Nariko Ott, Shain Brendan, and live music by Papi Fimbres, Laryssa Birdseye, and more!
Every Thursday, Doug Fir, free
Jessa Reed, Aaron Woodall
The Siren hosts an evening of stand-up with the comedians and hosts of the Mormon And The Meth-Head podcast.
Fri Sept 7, 7 pm, Siren Theater, $20
Helium hosts a weekend of stand-up with the talented and likable comedian and actor out of Indianapolis, known for his roles in The Boondocks, Friday After Next, and The Hangover, as well as his brand new memoir, Unsuccessful Thug.
Fri-Sun Sept 7-9, 7:30 pm & 10:15 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $40-55
The Baltimore-based comedy collective responsible for such Adult Swim mindfucks as Unedited Footage of a Bear and This House Has People In It brings their absurdist wonderfulness to the Siren Theater.
Sat Sept 8, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $12
A night of stand-up comedy with the host of "Finding Babe Ruth" on FS1 and regular panelist on the MLB Network's MLB Now, currently touring in support of his new memoir, Ginger Kid.
Wed Sept 12, 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20
Lez Stand Up: Caitlin's Going Away Show
Lez Stand Up bids a fond farewell to one of Portland's most amazing founts of pure wonderfulness, Caitlin Weierhauser, with a going-away show containing sets from regulars Laura Anne Whitley and Kirsten Kuppenbender, along with Wendy Weiss and special guest El Sanchez.
Fri Sept 14, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
Penn & Teller
When they first started, Penn & Teller were the punk upstarts in a wing of the entertainment industry that was fairly staid in its superficial glossiness. And as the decades have gone on, they've essentially become the establishment they set out to overturn, without sacrificing their irreverence and style.
Fri Sept 14, 7:30 pm, Keller Auditorium, $45-65
Bob Saget brings his raunchy stand-up routine back to Helium giving you the opportunity to take in an evening of jokes told by TV's renowned "Dirty Daddy."
Sept 14-16, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Sun 6:30 pm & 8:45 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $35-45
W. Kamau Bell
The host of the brilliant, short-lived talk show Totally Biased and the current CNN documentary series United Shades of America brings his razor-sharp sociopolitical comedy back through Portland for a headlining show at the Aladdin Theater.
Sat Sept 15, 7 pm & 10 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30
The Scottish-American comedian, actor, and television host brings his wit and charm to the Revolution Hall stage for the Portland stop on the "Hobo Fabulous" Tour.
Tue Sept 18, 7 pm, Revolution Hall, $45
The Feminist Forward Comedy Show
Another night of feminist stand-up from some of the city's very best, including Mel Heywood, Shannon Sales, Sarah B., Erin Dougherty, Danni Cannon, Sonia Ruiz, and maybe even a special guest or two.
Tue Sept 18, 7 pm, Crush, $8
The beloved comedian, actor, singer, and writer takes a break from filming Netflix's Grace and Frankie and returns to her stand-up roots to deliver an evening of fun and laughter at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Sat Sept 22, 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $40+
Hell yes, it’s Minority Retort, the city’s premiere comedy night showcasing comedians of color. This month’s headliner is Los Angeles-based up-and-comer Neel Nanda, whose recent credits include Funny Girls, Garfunkel and Oates and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Minority Retort is hosted by Jason Lamb, Julia Ramos and Neeraj Srinivasan. Chris Johnson, Marcus Coleman, and Debbie Wooten will also perform. SUZETTE SMITH
Sat Sept 22, 8 pm, Siren Theater, $10
You might recognize the very funny comedian Fortune Feimster from her role as Nurse Collette on The Mindy Project, or perhaps her spot-on impersonation of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Netflix’s Chelsea (which you should WATCH RIGHT THIS SECOND because it is a goddamn revelation). But her stand-up is just as spot-on, with witty, filthy observations on her Southern upbringing, food, lesbianism, weed, and death. You know… the important stuff. Don’t miss her!
Wed Sept 26, 7:30 pm, Revolution Hall, $25
My Brother, My Brother, and Me
After selling out Revolution Hall in a flash last year, brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy make their way to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for another live taping of their goof-driven advice podcast for the modern era.
Fri Sept 28, 7 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50
On the podcast Throwing Shade, not to be confused with the English DJ of the same name, self-described “homosensual” Bryan Safi and “feminasty” Erin Gibson take it to the limit, all while they address—and make fun of—“issues important to ladies and gays.” They’re socially conscious improv loudmouths playing sold-out shows across the nation, and you’re about to be seeing a whole lot more of them. SUZETTE SMITH
Fri Sept 28, 9 pm, Revolution Hall, $20-24