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. (Editor’s note: Bridgetown Comedy Festival is not taking place in 2018.)
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 winner 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 were pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh In 2017, comedy icon Janeane Garofalo graced the main stage with her lovably deadpan presence. Joining her will be Karen Kilgariff, host of the podcast My Favorite Murder, Matt Braunger, Baron Vaughn and many more.