Portland’s Gay Pride celebrations visually kicked off on Friday, 6/17 when Scandals, one of the city’s most popular gay bars since it’s inception in 1971, held it’s Pride block party on Southwest Stark in downtown. However, for some, Pride kicked off with the monthly stand-up showcase Lez Stand Up.
Lez Stand Up is usually hosted by well-known Portland comic Kirsten Kuppenbender (Coop, Kup, you get the idea…). Kupp, due to personal matters, was not able to host this particular show. However, LSU regular Caitlin Weierhauser effortlessly stepped in to take care of the job alongside Bob Wolf, stepping into the character of Tammy “Gae” Baker, showing up on the stage constantly trying to hijack the show with her own musical numbers which were thwarted by Weierhauser.
Lez Stand Up is performed monthly throughout the city (Siren Theater, Curious Comedy) and sometimes in wonderfully scenic spots such as Astoria. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and their website for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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!