In comedy circles over the last decade, Portland has grown into a must-stop on the stand-up circuit. The city has always had a thriving music scene, and book-reading turnouts rival concerts. But the first Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2008 heralded Portland’s arrival in the world of comedy.
Every spring, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival features a weekend full of shows at a collection of close-together venues on the city inner east side. The intimately set stand-up acts, panel discussions and other special events take over a diverse array of Portland’s nightclubs and stages, including Revolution Hall, Doug Fir Lounge and Bunk Bar.
The 2016 roster included Golden Globe award-winning Rachel Bloom, creator of the CW show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and Kyle Mooney of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live” — along with dozens of other notable comedians. Whether you know their names or not, they’re pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh.