From stand-up comedy to improv comedy to comedy classes Portland has any kind of comedy you may be looking for. Portland is known as the place up-and-coming comedians can cut their teeth and boasts many stages to bring you fresh, and very funny comedians, with plentiful open mic nights across the city to choose from, along with hilarious annual comedy festivals. There’s always something funny happening in Portland. Read on to learn more about the city’s vibrant comedy scene, then check out our events calendar to discover even more things to on your next trip to Portland.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
In the Central Eastside district, Helium delivers big-name talent like Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon and Jon Lovitz, other comedians you’ve seen on TV like Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Peretti, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Neal Brennan, Nicole Byer, and many others. The venue, which features two full bars in addition to the main showroom, is known for its intimate setting. (Spectators are no more than 60 feet from performers.) No wonder Helium cultivates a respectful audience that is often rewarded with post-show meet-and-greets with the comics.
Nonprofit Kickstand Comedy got its start in the basement of a bike shop, then spent some time tucked above the Siren Theater before taking over the former home of the Brody Theater in 2019. Recognized by Paste Magazine as one of the “Country’s Best Improv Theaters,” Kickstand produces all-ages, community-based shows, flagship weekend showcases, community events and comedy classes.
Looking to participate? Head to ComedySportz in Northwest Portland, which has been a longtime favorite of local comedy-lovers.
Curious Comedy Theater
The not-for-profit, volunteer-managed Curious Comedy Theater in Northeast Portland hosts community events to “improve the lives of kids, adults and seniors through the art of comedy.”
Head to Southeast Portland and you’ll find Funhouse Lounge, where cocktails, comedy, theater and improv converge against a background of clown-themed decor.
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The Curious Cabaret – A Riotous Vaudeville Revue is a monthly variety show hosted by Portland’s 20-time award winning physical comedy duo, A Little Bit Off. The show brings you the absolute best in top-notch local talent, with acts ranging from acrobatics and dance, to magic and juggling, with a whole lot of comedy in…
Join the Jack London Revue for a night of unmatched comedy talent featuring Brian Hooks, Lance Edwards, D Wade, Jake Silberman, the music of DJ Pounce, and hosted by Brem the Comedian. Presented by Laft Ent. & Livin’ the Dream
America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown. At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before…
Come join us for a spooktacular night of drag performances at The Pharmacy. Halloween will never be the same once Devlin Lynn Phoenixx and her cast of talented queens take over our stage for a night of thrilling tricks and treats.
Jeff Dunham: Seriously!? For the past twelve years, Jeff Dunham and his somewhat-inappropriate-proteges, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have filled arenas across the U.S. and the world with their multiple, blockbuster tours. This fall, Dunham and his cohorts will set out on their brand-new international tour, “JEFF DUNHAM: SERIOUSLY!?”…
As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead has helped change the very landscape of how people get their news. Winstead also brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning…
Hasan Minhaj – The King’s Jester Hasan Minhaj was the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018. The series explored the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. The show received a 2019 Peabody Award,…
Jo Koy is one of today’s premier stand-up comics, with four successful specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. Koy was awarded the prestigious “Stand-Up Comedian Of The Year” award in 2018. Drawing inspiration from his millennial son and his Filipino heritage, Jo Koy is touring across the world on his Just Kidding World Tour with…
Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker. C.K. won three Peabody Awards and has received six Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show, Louie, and his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater and Oh My God.
Award-winning comedian Trevor Noah’s most recent special, Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia, which received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety Show and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album, will set the stage for his highly anticipated tour.
John Waters is an American artist best known for his satirical and raunchy movies. Also a visual artist, Waters’ photography, sculpture, and installations pieces humorously recontextualize art and popular culture.
Trey Kennedy is a comedian and musician, known for his YouTube and TikTok videos. He emerged as a star on the Vine app, but after the app ended, he moved his platform to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
James Christopher Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He was raised in Chesterton, Indiana. His material is often about fatherhood, observations, laziness, and food. He is also regarded as a “clean” comic, using little profanity in his routines. He has had several successful comedy specials, including Mr. Universe, Obsessed, Cinco, and…
This event has been canceled. Live at Moda Center: Impractical Jokers — Four comedians pull humiliating and hilarious pranks on each other in public. Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Prince Herb –as they compete to embarrass each other while being filmed by hidden cameras, all the while…
Brian Regan is an American stand-up comedian who uses observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating humor. He is known for incorporating body language and facial expressions into his act. His performances are often described as clean as he refrains from profanity as well as taboo subject matter. Regan’s material typically covers everyday events, such as shipping a…
Andrew Santino is an American stand-up comedian, actor and podcaster known for television series and films such as Sin City Saints, The Disaster Artist, Mixology, I’m Dying Up Here and Dave.
Expect a laugh-out-loud comedy and exquisite piano performance. This show featuring the great composers played simultaneously on violin, piano, and much much more from the famous Maestro Martensson. Critics have called this family-friendly show hilarious and clever. About Maestro Martensson: Comedian-pianist Magnus Martensson has traveled all over the world making people laugh. He has appeared…
The stars of the wildly popular award-winning Crave Original Series Letterkenny are bringing “Letterkenny Live” to Portland on Mar 10, 2022 . All-new, the acclaimed 90-minute comedy experience will feature nine of the beloved cast members along with never-before-seen sketches and more.
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