Bridgetown Comedy Festival is just under a week away. June 1-5, at venues all over Portland! In this spotlight feature, we’re asking 4 former and current local comedians about the impact and reach of the innovative festival. All of the participants are very excited about the community spirit presented by the festival, as well as the national attention that is brought to our fair city.
Curtis Cook is one of the hosts of Earthquake Hurricane, a weekly local comedy showcase at the Velo Cult Bike Shop. Originally from Ohio, Curtis relocated to Portland,is a writer for the Willamette Week and has appeared on Daily VICE. Curtis will be a part of 7 different performances throughout Bridgetown including a sample of the Earthquake Hurricane program.
Randall: How and when did you first become involved with Bridgetown?
Curtis: I applied to Bridgetown a few days after moving to Portland in 2013. When I got an email saying that I’d been accepted into the festival, I called my mom and said, “Mom! I got into Bridgetown!” My mom said, “Oh. That is very nice for you.”
I don’t think she knew what I was talking about, but she’s very supportive.
Shane Torres, Portland native turned New York City resident has made appearances on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, as well as Last Comic Standing and TBS’s Conan. Shane will be making 6 appearances throughout Bridgetown.
Randall: What’s your most memorable experience from BCF in the past?
Shane: There are always memories that pop up. I remember the first year, one of the only sponsors was a porn shop = and they gave DVD’s for gift bags. Plenty of people took the gift bags, but left the videos. As the last show was ending, we started throwing smut out into the audience.
Amy Miller, originally from Oakland, found her way to Portland. She quickly found her footing, winning the title of Portland’s Funniest Comedian at Helium Comedy Club . She then went on to be named “Portland’s Funniest” by Willamette Week in 2013 & 2016. She’s made appearances on Doug Loves Movies as well as Last Comic Standing. Amy will be bringing her Stand Up For Yourself! show to Bridgetown Comedy Festival this year, and we cannot wait to see her again!
Randall: Why do you think BCF is important to Portland?
Amy: Bridgetown has helped put Portland comedy on the map for industry, and comics as well. So many people became aware of Portland’s amazing comedy scene from the festival. They also use some unorthodox venues. You can live in Portland for years and see a Bridgetown show and go, “wow I never noticed this place!” I like that the festival showcases the city itself as much as its talent.
Caitlin Weierhauser is a part of Lez Stand Up, a regular showcase in Portland. She’s also performed at All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot and was included in the AfterEllen list of “40 Hot Queer Women in Comedy”.
Randall: Who are you excited to see this year? How do you think they’ve made/are making an important impact on comedy?
Caitlin: Dulce Sloan, Sam Jay, Yusef Roach, Morgan Murphy, Kate Willett, Sabrina Jalees, Baron Vaughn, Aparna Nancherla, Rhea Butcher, Guy Branum, Solomon Georgio. Their voices are fresh and sharp, and their perspectives are incredibly valuable in a landscape that has been dominated by straight white men for way too long. It’s exciting to see how radically comedy is changing,
With non-stop comedy acts June 1-5, Bridgetown Comedy Festival is the place to be this week. Bring some fun into your life, check out some awesome Portland venues, and share your laughs with the crowd!