Thinking about seeing a comedy show brings two thoughts to my head: laughter and a 2 drink minimum. If you’re like me, you’d much prefer the former to the latter. I can say with confidence that such an ideal no-drink minimum show does indeed exist. It may, in fact, be the most “Portland” way imaginable to experience a stand-up show. The show is not presented in the standard comedy club or basement bar, but instead takes over a completely unassuming bike shop. Every Wednesday night at 9pm, Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez, Bri Pruett and Curtis Cook gather to put on a show that has brought some of the best laughs I’ve experienced at a stand-up show. It’s called Earthquake Hurricane, and it’s a wild, ever-evolving breath of fresh air!
The show itself takes place on the stage right in the middle of the Velo Cult Bike Shop off of NE 42nd Ave, within walking distance of the historic Hollywood Theater. Audience members sit in the middle of the shop at tables artistically showcasing bike parts, while they sip on craft beer served by the shop’s bartenders. They take note of the many bikes hanging off the walls, from the ceiling and on wooden displays flanking the stage. You may even see one of the bartenders fixing one of the many bikes brought in by a Portland patron earlier that day.. Dueling bike repairmen and comedians makes for a completely authentic “Portland” experience that you cannot find anywhere else.
Every week, the show’s hosts take to the stage to discuss weekly events, news and their own lives as an introduction, before bringing on the showcase of comedy for the week. Performers from all over the West Coast flock to Earthquake Hurricane to perform for the delightful crowds that attend. Along with up-and-coming local talent, I have seen incredible performers who are known to regularly sell out large comedy clubs such as Improv, Helium, and The Comedy Store. Some examples of these gems are Sean Jordan, Geoff Tate, Barry Crimmins, Matt Braunger and James Adomian. Between comics, the local hosts take the stage to deliver their own 5 minutes of comedy, always bringing the evening’s themes together with clever wit and audience participation. .
Earthquake Hurricane is absolutely a show you don’t want to miss. I’ve had the pleasure of attending almost regularly for the past 6 months. The show has become part of my weekly routine, as I don’t want to miss the comedians’ reactions to the news of the week.. Watching all of our local talent come through to develop material and support one another has been an incredibly entertaining and rewarding opportunity that is just too rich to miss! Seeing Portland’s weirdness through the eyes of visiting stand-up comedians is also a humbling and very entertaining experience. We need to laugh at ourselves sometimes, right?