Posts tagged as portland

Indie Rock and Standup in Portland with The Thermals' Hutch Harris

Musicians are often thought of as self-serious crybabies, holding their craft to the highest imaginable standards and scoffing at anything that resembles fun. Often, that's not the case, however, as many musicians moonlight with comedic output, and vice versa. From follow-worthy Twitter accounts to viral videos and other projects, we're here to point out some of the most interesting crossovers between the worlds of music and comedy.

With 13 years of experience and six albums for labels like Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars and Saddle Creek, there's no denying that The Thermals are an established indie rock institution. The Portland trio's blistering, punk-inflected musicianship and politically charged lyrics have made [...]

Two Days in Portlandia: A Photo Recap

If it weren't for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the rest of America might never have known about freestyle canoers, artisanal lightbulb shop owners, angry bicycle rights activists, and all the other things that make Portlandia so post-hip hilarious. No matter where you live, there's most likely a Portlandia sketch that nails a side of you and your neighbors like no other show, whether it's arrogance, a need to fit in, or a perceived hate for any kind of urban subculture, from feminists to locavores to dumpster divers. I'm a big fan, but I'm from Harrisburg — I'd never traveled further west than [...]

Inside Portland's 'Live Wire! Radio'

Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded weekly in Portland, Oregon and broadcast on public radio stations across the country. “Radio Variety That’s Like a Chew Toy for Your Brain,” the show features interviews, music, stand up comedy, sketch comedy, poetry, essays. The show is currently in its eleventh season and now hosted by Luke Burbank (host of the daily podcast Too Beautiful To Live and occasional Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me panelist) and distributed by PRI, it’s making an impression outside the Pacific Northwest. Courtenay Hameister has been with the show from the beginning as a writer, sketch comedy performer, and for many years, the host.

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Parodies Portlandia, Complete with Fred and Carrie Lookalikes

Here's a new campaign ad from Portland mayor wannabe Eileen Brady entitled "Put a Job on It." Subtle!

Bridgetown Comedy Festival Announces Its Lineup: Reggie Watts, Todd Glass, Dana Gould, and More

Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival just announced its 2013 lineup this week, and the event (which runs April 18th to 21st) will feature performances by Dana Gould, Reggie Watts, Todd Glass, Kurt Braunohler, Peter Serafinowicz, Robert Popper, festival co-founders Matt Braunger and Andy Wood, Karen Kilgariff, Moshe Kasher, Kulap Vilaysack, Howard Kremer, and a dozens of other amazing people whose names it would take too long to list here.