In 2010, Portland welcomed its new comedy spot Helium Comedy Club to the scene. Helium was the first club in Portland to take on the semi-circle organization (similar to the normal Improv layout). It comes highly regarded amongst the comedians that perform there for being timely with comedians, quick with service and prompt in handling all hecklers. Helium has definitely made its name in the comedy club world, hosting such shows as Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson, Norm MacDonald, Michael Ian Black and many more.
One year after beginning, Helium hosted its very first Portland’s Funniest Person contest. The winner was Ian Karmel, current writer and roundtable regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Since then, Nathan Brannon, Shane Torres, Steve Wilbur and Amy Miller have all taken the stage and come out victorious as the winners of their respective years. You may remember seeing them at the very recent Bridgetown Comedy Festival. If you didn’t get the chance, your weekend was nowhere near as good as mine. (Portland Notes was granted an all-access pass to the festival, and certainly took advantage of the much needed laughs!)
Starting June 7th all the way through June 29th, the Funniest Person Preliminaries will be held at Helium. Such Portland favorites including Gabe Dinger, Bri Pruett, Adam Posi, Caitlin Weierhauser, Jeremy Eli and Wendy Weiss will be competing this year. Tickets are currently on sale for the preliminaries. Semi-finals are held on July 5th & 6th and the finals being held on July 13th. Be sure to visit Helium’s website to see a full calendar of performers and don’t miss this competition!