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February 16, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH BROOKS WHEELAN
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

BROOKS WHEELAN

If you saw Brooks Wheelan on TV during his tenure at Saturday Night Live, then you know he’s made some bad decisions. Wheelan spent his recurring segment on Weekend Update warning kids not to get dumb tattoos or drink too much, as he did in his youth. What he didn’t mention on air was the time he’s spent having the #1 comedy album on iTunes, the time he got his own Comedy Central half hour special in 2015, the times he appeared on @midnight or on Girls, or when he was listed as one of Comedy Central’s Top Ten Comics to Watch. Way to bury the lede, dude.

February 23, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH APARNA NANCHERLA + HORATIO SANZ + KYLE CRAFT
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

APARNA NANCHERLA

Everyone calls Aparna Nancherla up-and-coming, but it seems to us she’s already up-and-got-here. To whit: she was counted on Vulture‘s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015”, Marie Claire‘s Funniest Women of 2015, and Time Out NY’s “10 Funniest Women in New York.” She’s written for Late Night with Seth Meyers and appeared on Inside Amy Schumer. She’s been on WTF with Marc Maron, Wait, Wait, and a little show called Live Wire. That's right, it’s already been brought’n. 

HORATIO SANZ

Horatio Sanz is our happy place. From the first time we saw him and Jimmy Fallon break character on SNL with their uncontrollable giggling, we were sold. Best known for his tenure on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2006, funny-man-Sanz has been making us laugh in everything from Drunk History to ABC’s Modern Family. In 2015 he launched his podcast, The Hooray Show. He’s a man with a mission, and that mission is to laugh, giggle, and guffaw, and to bring us along for the ride. 

KYLE CRAFT

Kyle Craft may have settled down here in Portland, but you can’t shake the sound of the South from his music. Born in Mississippi and by way of Shreveport, Louisiana, Craft’s caustic, boozy, rowdy, peculiar, theatrical new album Dolls of Highland is getting heaps of press here and all over; it’s conflicted and complex, dismal and blissed out. We’re ready for the trip down, if you are.  

March 3, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: tba
Show: tba

March 9, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH MARA WILSON + HANNAH HART
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
 

MARA WILSON

Mara Wilson grew up. This comes as a shock to many love her work in 90’s films like Matilda or Mrs. Doubtfire or Miracle on 34th Street. But, like all of us, Wilson spent the last some-odd years getting taller, wiser, and older. Unlike most of us, she’s also used the intervening years to do things like become a columnist, comedian, playwright, and author of Where Am I Now: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. She has used her time well, especially considering how much of it she spends answering the question: aren’t you that girl…?

HANNAH HART

Hannah Hart is on a roll. It began with her YouTube series, My Drunk Kitchen, in which she makes meals (and puns) whilst knocking back a few. She has gone on to produce and act in films, perform in comedy shows, and even adapt her hit series into a NYTimes bestseller, My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut. In her latest book, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, she opens up about growing up, family, faith, and mental health. Hart will soon be taking her show on the road in a food and travel series she’s cooking up for the Food Network.

March 16, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH SASHEER ZAMATA + ALONZO BODDEN
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
SASHEER ZAMATA

Sasheer Zamata makes the cut. For four seasons now, you’ve seen her name in the opening credits of a little show called Saturday Night Live. Her name has appeared on a number of other auspicious lists, though, such as Cosmopolitan's, “13 Funny Women to Watch,” Time Out New York's, “Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC,” and Complex Magazine's, “Women in Comedy You Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now.” She’s also been listed in the credits of shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Two Dope Queens, and This American Life. She’s at the top of our list, too, in case you were wondering. 

ALONZO BODDEN

Don’t let his 2016 comedy special, “Historically Incorrect,” fool you. Alonzo Bodden is a habitual winner. After nabbing the grand prize on Last Comic Standing, Bodden has continued his streak by holding it down on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me as one of their most frequent panelists. We’re having him on to win us over, win our hearts, and win the night.

April 6, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH DAN HARMON + LAUREN WEEDMAN
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
DAN HARMON

Dan Harmon is a brand. Creator and Producer of cult-hit NBC show Community, Harmon’s name has become a household explicator for an entire genre of comedy, under which his other shows-- Rick and Morty, Great Minds with Dan Harmon, and his podcast Harmontown-- also fall. Harmon’s comedy is bizarre and at times avant garde, it gets raw and it goes there, wherever there is. More than anything, though, the Harmon brand means that something is hyper-intelligent and still hilariously accessible, just like Harmon himself.

 

LAUREN WEEDMAN

Actress, comedian, playwright, and author Lauren Weedman is not okay. Having been a correspondent on The Daily Show, a regular on HBO’s Looking, acted in films like Date Night and The Five Year Engagement, and written and performed 9 solo plays, some would argue that Weedman is doing great. But her books A Woman Trapped In a Woman’s Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe and Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay would tell us different. Lauren Weedman didn’t come here to be okay. She came tell it like it is.

April 15, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

WITH DAN SAVAGE
Venue: The Neptune
Doors: 08:00pm
Show: 07:00pm
DAN SAVAGE

Don’t expect Dan Savage to sugar-coat things. The writer for The Stranger’s internationally syndicated sex and relationship advice column, Savage Love, Savage is an LGBT advocate and activist, author of four books, podcast host, and founder of the It Gets Better movement geared toward preventing suicide among LGBT teens and youth. Savage has made a name for himself as a real force for good, but that doesn’t mean he’s saccharine. Known for his brutal honesty and scathing commentary, Savage might be here to give a helping hand, but that doesn’t mean he’s pulling any punches.

April 20, 2017 (Portland, OR)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

April 29, 2017 (Pendleton, OR)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: To Be Announced
Doors: tba
Show: tba

May 11, 2017 (Portland, OR)

THE MINIMALISTS
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

THE MINIMALISTS

We’ll keep this one short. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists, have devoted their lives to downsizing. Through their three books (including bestseller, Everything That Remains: a Memoir), podcast, blog, and documentary, these two have been teaching people across the globe how to jettison their clutter in order to make room for what counts: time, relationships, and passionate living. 

 

May 19, 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Venue: The Fitzgerald Theater
Doors: tba
Show: tba

May 25, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH HARI KONDABOLU
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
HARI KONDABOLU

Comedian Hari Kondabolu might just be the smartest person you’ll meet this year. Forget that after earning his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin he went on to receive a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and then worked for a time as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle. Beyond that-- and probably, thanks to it-- his comedy is a complex blend of social commentary, honest personal experience, and trenchant political wit. He’s been on Fresh Air, he’s been on Conan and Kimmel, Letterman, and the mother of them all, Live Wire. His new album Mainstream American Comic has been talked up this year-- and now you can join that smart talk, professor.

June 1, 2017 (Portland, OR)

Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm