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Jun 30, 2017
Summer of Resistance: Comedy & Music for Activist Defense
Lagunitas Tap Room, 237 NE Broadway

Summer of Resistance: Defending Frontline Activists A night of comedy & music!

Hosted by Portland comedian Bonesaw Comedian lineup: Chris Johnson, Wendy Weiss, Christian Ricketts, & Jay Shingle Featuring live music by Tom Dandelion & the Fresh Fruits!

The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a nonprofit law firm specializing in defending grassroots climate/environmental justice and social change activists. Our projects educate people about their rights, defend front-line activists from corporate/state aggression, and expose and confront the persistent erosion of our civil liberties.

Currently we are representing dozens of Standing Rock Water Protectors, the valve turners who shut down the 5 pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands into the US, the 52 Break Free defendants from the Break free action in 2016, ad many other front-line defenders. With the current administration, attacks on the environment, threats to at-risk communities, and direct action is more important than ever and this summer is likely to be full of direct actions in the north. Come support our work defending front-line activists in the northwest & across the country!

Our Executive Director, Lauren Regan, will be giving an update on the cases & projects we are working on and introducing our newest staff member, Erin Grady.

Join us for a night of comedy, music, and fun at CLDC's summer of Resistance! The night will be hosted by Portland comedian Bonesaw featuring comedy from: Chris Johnson, Wendy Weiss, Christian Ricketts, & Jay Shingle and live music by Tom Dandelion & the Fresh Fruits!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket includes one free drink token additional drink tokens are $4. There will be beer, wine, pizza, and more food!

Civil Liberties Defense Center - The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a nonprofit organization focused on defending and upholding civil liberties through education, outreach, litigation, legal support and assistance.

Jul 13, 2017
Portland Queer Comedy Festival
through Funhouse Lounge

7:00 PM JEFFREY JAY + FRIENDS Jeffery Jay and Friends:

Join us for the very first show for the very first Portland Queer Comedy Festival! It’s the last time we can wear white, or however that rule works! We picked Jeffery Jay for the first headliner show because we love Jefferys smart, silly, kinetic energy; and the Advocate named him one of the funniest Transgender comics in the country.

Host: Kate Nordgren Featuring: Ronn Vigh, Danielle Radford, Katie Norgren, Rick Taylor, Jeffrey Jay


As you may know, Portland has a rich history of being pioneering. We had one of the first Pride parades in 1970, we were some of the first in the country to pass marriage for all, and now we’re so excited to bring you this ALL PORTLAND line-up on our first Queer comedy festival. The finest in local Portland’s Queer-identified comics!

Host: Belinda Carroll
Featuring: D. Martin Austin, Coor Cohen, Jennifer Lanier, Shrista Tyree, Jenna Vesper, Chris Ettrick, Kate Aguilar, Kevin Arnold

Jul 16, 2017
Big Gay Pancake Brunch
Funhouse Lounge

Do you like Bloody Marys, pancakes, and laughing? Laugh out the hangover left over from the All Stars show!

Host: Jennifer Lanier

Featuring: Andy Iwanco, Leah Mansfield, D. Martin Austin, Jenna Vesper

Portland Queer Comedy Festival is July 13th to the 16th, 2017. for the line-up and passes!

Sep 11, 2017
United We Stand: A Benefit Concert & Silent Auction for Unite OR
The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum

NWGSDPDX presents: UNITED WE STAND: A Benefit Concert & Silent Auction for Unite Oregon...

Eat, drink, listen to music, laugh at a comedian, dance, bid on auction items and have a blast!

All proceeds will be donated to Unite Oregon.

  • Home with the kids during the day? Join us at 11am for lunch and kid-friendly entertainment. Aaron Nigel Smith will be performing.
  • Stuck at the office? Order food to go for you and your co-workers.
  • Don't feel like making dinner on a Monday night? Come on down for a bite to eat and a drink. Comedian Andie Main will host our HaHaHappy Hour from 5-6pm and Muvhuro Marimba Band will be playing from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Night owl? Tezeta Band will be pumping out the tunes from 8-10pm.

The silent auction will run from 6pm-8:30pm.

Sep 15, 2017
Minority Retort at The Siren Theater
The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis

Minority Retort, Portland’s premier stand-up showcase starring comedians of color, returns to The Siren Theater on Friday, September 15th at 8pm!

Hosted by Jason Lamb (XRAYFM), Julia Ramos (All Jane Comedy Festival) and Neeraj Srinivasan (Out of Bounds Comedy Fest), Minority Retort is pleased bring you another great lineup of comedians, featuring: Brandon Lyons, Summer Azim, Nick Sahoyah (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) and Mohanad Elshieky (Limestone Comedy Festival, Earthquake Hurricane)!

Sep 18, 2017
Your Fault For Listening LIVE! Podcast, a benefit for National Black Justice Coalition
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr

Featured at the 2017 Portland Queer Comedy Festival and voted "Best Showcase" at the PNW Black Comedy Festival, YOUR FAULT FOR LISTENING is the podcast where comics perform their sets before being interviewed based on their own jokes.

This month's guests are Andie Main (Revolution Comedy), Lance Edward, & Corina Lucas (Hotbox Comedy). Plus, improv performed by Amanda Martin-Tully (Adventures In Adulting) & Nathan Hart (Hotbox Comedy), plus musical guest Vicente Elisheva!

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to National Black Justice Coalition (, "a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people"

Your Fault for Listening
Entertainment Website
LIVE Comedy Podcast with Thomas Lundy & D Martin Austin

Sep 23, 2017
Comedy Showcase (East Portland Arts & Literary Festival)!
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS

Join us for the short 'n' sweet final showcase in the East Portland Arts & Literary Festival (EPALF)! This festival is the LAST public event at Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS before it is demolished and transformed into a housing & development unit so this comedy showcase will be the LAST of the LAST! #yolo

Come enjoy wonderful comedy jokey fun-things from:

  • Pedro Andrade, SuperKing Buffet Afficianado
  • Alyssa Yeoman, of QTPOC Is Not A Rapper
  • Chris Johnson, Portland's Funniest Person Semi-Finalist
  • Shilpa Joshi, a Lez Stand Up comedy darling

& myself! Carlos the Rollerblader, of U Can Do Anything!

This event is part of MicCheck!, a summer cultural event series organized by the Arts & Media Project (AMP) at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. MicCheck! utilizes the arts to illuminate pressing issues affecting Asians and Pacific Islanders and multiracial communities of color. Visit for the full lineup.

Carlos the Rollerblader
(the)CarlosCollective; is the vehicle for the creative projects of Carlos M. including Artwork, Stand-up Comedy, Storytelling & the Free Advice Hotline.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - APANO
Community Organization · Portland, Oregon
APANO is a statewide nonpartisan 501(c)(4) political advocacy and leadership development organization focused on Asian and Pacific Islander concerns.

Sep 24, 2017
That's What She Said: Feminist Comedy - Back 2 Cool benefitting Cascade AIDS Project
The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis

Doors 7:00 pm, show starts 7:30 pm!

Hey, cool kids! Grab your Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, glitter gel pens & pink college-ruled paper 'cuz school is back & SO ARE WE!!!

"That's What She Said!" Feminist Comedy Collective™ Presents: BACK 2 COOL, a night of queer comedy benefiting Cascade AIDS Project's Camp KC.

Featuring HOT & COOL jokes from:

  • Caryn Brooks
  • Carolyn Main
  • Katie Piatt
  • Shannon Sales
  • Collin McFadyen
  • Kate Aguilar

Headlined by Portland's Funniest Person:
Caitlin Weierhauser

That's What She Said Feminist Comedy Collective
Performing Arts
Crushing the Patriarchy one joke at a time, Portland's newest stand-up group is dedicated to writing and performing Queer comedy all over the Rose City.

Sep 25, 2017
Revolution Comedy Presents: Stand Up to Literally Save Democracy
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr

Revolution Comedy is a monthly fundraiser series fueled by the power of stand up comedy and hosted by Portland's funniest rabble rouser, Andie Main!

On September 25th we're throwing a benefit for Indivisible, with support from the very best of the Portland comedy scene and beyond, including Caitlin Weierhauser, Mohanad Elshieky, Shain Brenden, Andy Iwancio and Brandon Lyons.

The Indivisible Project's mission is to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies.

In order to comply with fundraising regulations, we will be taking donations a little differently. The ticket price of $5 reserves your seat and goes towards Curious Comedy Theater's operating costs. We will have donation booths set up for you to run your credit card and donate directly to Indivisible, or you can just show us a screenshot of your donation. A $10 donation is ideal.

We also appreciate you bringing tips to support the artists who are donating their time to perform for you.

Curious Comedy Theater is located at 5225 NE MLK

Doors at 6:00, show starts at 7:00, and ends by 8:30pm

Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door, plus a $10 suggested donation via credit or debit card at our donation station. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3
Portland Oregon page for local groups organized in response to the "Indivisible" guide:

Indivisible OR-1
Inspired by the Indivisible Project, we are uniting any and all constituents of Oregon District 1 who oppose Trump.

Oct 14, 2017
Minority Retort presents: DINO ARCHIE!
The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis

Minority Retort, Portland's premier stand-up comedy showcase featuring comedians of color, and The Siren Theater are proud to present comedian Dino Archie!

Dino is a nationally-touring comedian, who was the winner of the 2015 Seattle International Comedy Competition. He’s released two comedy albums, "Choosy Lover" and “Settling Old Scores” and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, Chris D’elia's most recent Under No Influence Tour, as well as in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

Joining Dino on the bill will be Portland’s David Mascorro (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) and Isaac Pendergrass (Portland Mercury's Undisputed Geniuses of Comedy) and Seattle’s Alyssa Yeoman (Bumbershoot). Minority Retort is hosted by Jason Lamb (XRAYFM), Julia Ramos (All Jane Comedy Festival) and Neeraj Srinivasan (Out of Bounds Comedy Festival).

Minority Retort
Minority Retort is a stand-up comedy event showcasing People of Color in the Northwest.

Oct 18, 2017
Disability Art and Culture Project's An Evening of Comedy
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites you to attend our upcoming fundraiser!

Advance Tickets: $30, available now through Eventbrite!

Admission is $35 at the door, so make to sure to get your tickets early.

DACP will bring Nina G, the San Francisco Bay Area's favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one), to Portland for an evening of comedy, and a silent auction!

'Nina G has been challenging attitudes about Disability since she did stand-up for the first time in 2010. “How many people with Disabilities does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Answer: “One to screw it in and 5 able bodied people to say 'You are such an inspiration!"' (Branch). She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.

Our fundraiser will support the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival. Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country. We are excited to bring these films back to Portland in the spring of 2018!

In addition to being a stand up comedian, Nina is also a disability activist, storyteller, children's book author and educator. Learn more about Nina G, her one person show: Going Beyond Inspirational, or purchase Nina's book: Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities

“An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G is made possible by the Northwest Health Foundation.

Learn more about the 2016 Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival, and stay up to date with developments for 2018:

Event photo by Shannon Knight. [Image description: Nina G speaks into a microphone.]

Citation: Branch, Valerie. "Comedian Who Stutters Goes Beyond the Punch Lines." 2014.

Nov 2, 2017
DePaul Benefit Show
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park

Comedy with purpose.

Our first annual recovery comedy show is setting out to change lives while laughing.

Our goal is to set up a scholarship for women in residential treatment at DePaul Treatment Center, to help pay for their transition into sober housing.

Taking time out of life to live in a facility and get clean is not easy, we want to provide the opportunity for these women to continue their recovery outside of treatment with less stress.

I was sober for 6 months before I was given the chance to live in sober housing, and out changed everything about my recovery. I was in a safe place, a home to help keep me accountable, and openly welcomed to discuss my recovery strengths and fears. I feel like my recovery really started while in this environment. My name is Julia, and I am also an addict.


Your host:
Joanie Quinn is a rainbow haired, menopause mom of four, who worked on comedy sitcoms in Hollywood before she became a breeder in Oregon. She's been saving up for her kid's therapy one performance at a time. Joanie regularly produces & performs in Portland's comedy show "Spilt Milk: you'll laugh til you cry!”, Harvey's Comedy Club, and has appeared at Helium Comedy Club and The Legendary Ice House in Pasadena, California. Joanie's performed in the Idaho Laugh Fest, San Francisco's Mutiny Radio Comedy Fest, Eugene's Women's Comedy Festival and the Burbank Comedy Festival.

Your opener:
Alayna Becker is a comedian and writer from Portland, OR. Her comedy is deeply personal, sometimes political and always funny. She has been featured in festivals and shows across the Northwest including the Best of Portland showcase at Helium Comedy Club.

Your feature:
Sam Miller grew up in Rural Pierce County and moved to Olympia at the age of 14. He has lived in Olympia off an on since that time. He has been a farm hand, a ranch hand, an inmate, a wildland firefighter, a dishwasher, a warehouse worker, assistant preschool teacher, a chemical dependency counselor and a bouncer. He has lived with Alcoholism and Methamphetamine addiction since his early teens. He is now in recovery going on 8 years and is currently a husband, father, student and comedian. He's performed all over the west coast, competed in The Seattle International Comedy Competition, won the Comedy on Trial Comedy Competition and opened for Chris D'elia.

Julia Ramos moved 13 times by high school and never switched counties. She's wanted nothing more than to be on stage telling jokes. Comedy for Julia has been an escape since early childhood, and soon after became a defense mechanism.

Julia's alcoholism has allowed her to follow her dream, but only after she stopped drinking.

She has been invited to perform at the All Jane Comedy Festival, The Northwest Women's Comedy Festival and is a co-host for Minority Retort, a POC showcase in Portland. She's also performed for the King County Drug Conference as well as her own judge and formerly arrested peers.

She's performed in front of many recovery audiences, in fact, she feels like she's addicted to it.

Jan 29
Minority Retort presents: NATHAN BRANNON!
The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy

Minority Retort, Portland's premier stand-up comedy showcase featuring comedians of color, is proud to welcome comedian Nathan Brannon to the stage of the Hollywood Theatre!

Nathan is a Portland native and was a stalwart on the city's thriving comedy scene before recently relocating to LA and touring nationally. In 2016, Nathan recorded his second album, titled 'Because' with the distinguished record label Kill Rock Stars. Nathan was also the winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2014, voted into the Willamette Week's "Portland's Funniest 5" in 2013 while releasing his first comedy album "I Black Out" that same year, and was crowned “Portland’s Funniest Person” in 2012.

He has been featured in publications & programs such as NPR's 'Weekend Edition,' and 'Laughs' on Fox, NBC, The Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian Newspaper. Nathan has also opened for national headliners such as Dave Chappelle, Damon Wayans, Maria Bamford and is creator & host of The Hamster Village, the podcast about interracial relationships.

This special edition of Minority Retort will also feature some of the NW's favorite comedians:

Thomas Lundy Katie Nguyen Wilfred Padua And hosted by Jason Lamb, Julia Ramos and Neeraj Srinivasan.

Tickets are $12 at the door or available online at

Made possible through the generous support of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.