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Spotlight on Amy Miller’s upcoming 1st Album Recording

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Portland has produced some great names in comedy both current and up-and-coming. Matt Braunger, founder of Bridgetown Comedy Festival is a Portland native. Sean Jordan, regular guest on Doug Loves Movies also has deep roots here in Rip City. Many more can be named, however the one and only Amy Miller will be taping her first comedy album here in Portland on July 7th!

Amy, originally from Oakland, discovered her knack for stand-up in the bay area. She relocated to Portland to become a local phenom, hosting Midnight Ma$$ as well as Stand Up For Yourself. She’s made multiple appearances on Doug Loves Movies, won Portland’s Funniest Person contest in 2015 and was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing. She has since had a brief stint in New York City but is now a proud member of the Los Angeles comedy scene! Amy will be recording her album on July 7th at the Alberta Street Pub at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Check out my interview with Amy!

Q: Can you tell me a bit about how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking going into your first album recording?

A: I’m excited! And a little freaked out. It’s a scary and weird thing to have a particular live show captured forever. But there’s also something really magical about it. Like hey remember that night at Alberta St? Yeah, here’s a piece of vinyl you can use to re-live it.

Spotlight-on-Amy-Miller-01Q: Why the Alberta Street Pub for the recording?

A: Kill Rock Stars wanted a place that was sort of intimate, and that doesn’t have a bar in the same room as the recording which is tricky in most smaller venues. Plus it has an ongoing comedy show now and has become a known space for the Portland comedy community so I think it’s fitting.

Q: Where are you drawing your inspiration for this album?

A: In some ways I think it’s signaling the next phase of my career. I just left a full-time job to pursue comedy and it’s cool to have my first album punctuate this time, while getting many of the jokes I’ve written over the past 6 years down on a recording. It feels like a congratulations for not quitting comedy trophy. Like I defeated the real Bowser and can move on to the harder castle and win the game. Also, I will need something to sell now. So that’s a nice perk.

Q: How do you think your move to New York has affected your career in comedy?

A: I am moving to LA! I went out to New York for about 6 weeks to do a bunch of sets and get my ass kicked a little bit after leaving the warm supportive embrace of Portland. Going to New York is always good practice in getting out short, punchy jokes, and also remembering nobody gives a fuck about your feelings. But I just signed a lease in LA. Everybody come to my swimming pool!!!!

Q: You took down Portland’s Funniest Person contest last year and are doing a great job hosting this year. How has that victory made a difference in your career?

A: Thank you! I think it’s been a good credit to have, though there’s a geographical limit to it. Like when people introduce me in New York as Portland’s Funniest Person, I can feel the crowd going to sleep. On the West Coast it’s been great and ultimately I hope got me more work at Helium which is a great club that’s given me so many opportunities.

Spotlight-on-Amy-Miller-02Q: What do you think is the most valuable lesson you learned from Last Comic Standing? How did that experience influence your album recording?

A: I learned that when a bunch of powerful badass funny women run a TV show it can be a wonderful experience. I think I also learned to trust my instincts and remember that under any circumstances, even with TV lights, and a studio audience and three judges watching, and a million edits being done to my material, ultimately it’s my job to make the people in the room laugh and that’s where I get the most satisfaction. I will take that same lesson into the room when I record the album. I can’t be up there thinking, this is being recorded forever. I just need to make the people in the room laugh. The rest will happen if I can do that.

Q: What kind of challenges have you faced coming up with the material for the album?

A: Well that material has been coming since I started. I don’t know this from personal experience but I imagine the FIRST album might be the easiest because you’ve had all your initial years to come up with and practice jokes. The challenge is in figuring out the order that’s best-suited to a good arc for the whole show. Luckily I’ve had a lot of time to run long sets recently so I think it’s close!

For comedy: Bridgetown Comedy Festival hits home with locals!

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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.

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Curtis Cook

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.

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Shane Torres

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!

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Amy Miller

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”.

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Caitlin Weierhauser

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!

Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Spotlight on Amy Miller!

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Bridgetown Comedy Festival is presenting another amazing comic, Amy Miller, now a member of the New York comedy scene. Amy, originally from Oakland, found her way to Portland then quickly found her footing as she won Portland’s Funniest Comedian at Helium Comedy Club then went on to be named Portland’s Funniest in the 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! Check out my quick interview with Amy!

Q: How and when did you first become involved with Bridgetown?

A: This is my third year doing the festival, though I went to the shows before that. I’ve been doing comedy 5 1/2 years so it’s been on my radar just as long! As soon as I started, it became a goal of mine to get in. It’s just the best comedy festival.

Spotlight-on-Amy-Miller-02Q: What’s your most memorable experience from BCF in the past?

A: The year that Emo Philips came was pretty incredible. I like that Bridgetown gets the best of young comics but also books our heroes. He’s such a genius and he was so nice and just magical to have around. Same thing with 2015 and Dr. Katz Live. That show was so important to me, it was just surreal to see it in person. Since then I’ve gotten to interact with Jonathan Katz a bit, and he thinks I say “dude” too much in my standup.

Q: Why do you think BCF is important to Portland?

A: 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 coming to into town for 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 they showcase the city itself as much as its talent.

Spotlight-on-Amy-Miller-01Q: Who are you excited to see this year? How do you think they’ve made/are making an important impact on comedy?

A: Rachel Bloom! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of my favorite new shows and she’s just a powerhouse of a performer. Plus the show is at Revolution Hall, which is a newer and really beautiful venue. Rachel has somehow made an hour-long musical comedy sitcom be not just watchable but hilarious. No small feat. And my talk show! Stand Up For Yourself. The lineup is incredible and the show is so much fun. I can say this, yes? Yes.