curiouscomedy:

All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival promo video

The All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival is an all women’s comedy festival hosted by the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. The festival runs October 15 - 19.

www.alljanenodick.com

This is going to be an awesome festival. Check it out.

Tags: Comedy women

Waiting for the laugh to fade

From my show this weekend, I have this one specific moment that keeps replaying in my head. There were plenty of laughs in the show, but I have this one scene on a repeating loop right now.

The lights flood over me, obscuring the audience’s faces. With a hint of a smile I maintain eye contact with my scene partner, waiting for the roar of the audience’s laughter to fade, ready to make my next move.

This is where I want to be forever.

Tags: improv comedy

Tonight’s show was so friggin good. Sold out house, and they were into to it from the start. Wall to wall laughs. I’m having a hard time sleeping now.

Tags: improv comedy

mandalorianmango said: So I'm about to do an open mic again. When did you lose the crippling nervousness that comes before going on stage?

Let’s see…I started performing professional improv show in 1999 and I threw up before every show until around…2007. 

When I first started, I would get nervous before every show. Those nerves would convert themselves into vomit, sometimes literally seconds before I was supposed to be onstage.

Over the years, I gained confidence in my abilities but would still feel those nerves before the show and would still throw up. It got to a point where I wasn’t actually nervous anymore, but my body was like, “Welp, it looks like we’re about to do a show. I guess it’s time to throw up now.” 

I remember one night before a stand up show, I told myself, “If I throw up tonight I’m NOT going onstage.” This was a lie I told myself to try to contain the vomit. Even though I knew I would perform no matter what, the lie worked and I didn’t throw up that night.

I slowly got better at controlling my nerves, sort of like an X-Men whose superpower was…not vomiting. 

Tags: ask comedy

Let’s play a game of Truth or Dare. I’ll go first.
Truth: Chase Padgett and Stacey Hallal's musical sketch comedy adventure, Joyride, is amazing and you need to see it.
Ok. Your turn. Dare? I DARE you to go to the Curious Comedy Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8pm to see their show.
Bonus: I’ll be performing in the opening improv set on Saturday night.

Let’s play a game of Truth or Dare. I’ll go first.

Truth: Chase Padgett and Stacey Hallal's musical sketch comedy adventure, Joyride, is amazing and you need to see it.

Ok. Your turn. Dare? I DARE you to go to the Curious Comedy Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8pm to see their show.

Bonus: I’ll be performing in the opening improv set on Saturday night.

Tags: PDX Comedy Improv

If you are in Portland, OR, you should go see this show. If you are not in Portland, OR, you should get on a train, plane, or mythical flying creature of your choice, and go see this show.

Stacey Hallal, the most talented comedian I know, and Chase Padgett, like the second or third most talented comedian I know, teamed up to create an amazing sketch comedy show filled with music, adventure, and debauchery. 

Tags: PDX Comedy

Tonight I am performing in an improv showdown tonight at the Curious Comedy Theater. I might get murdered.

curiouscomedytheater:

Real people, telling real stories. That’s what we do. Six storytellers, one theme, eight minutes each.

This month’s line-up: This January 23rd marks a fresh start to this year in storytelling. Temple Lentz (of Vancouver’s Anecdotal Evidence) and Kelley Tyner McAllister (of Campfire PDX) have joined forces to co-produce Campfire @ Curious. The opening show: Thursday, January 23rd, Curious Comedy Theater, $5, 8 pm, hosted by Temple Lentz. 

Come join us for the compelling, the funny, the heartbreaking, and the absurd: real, personal stories on this month’s theme of “Fresh.” January storytellers are: Starr Ahrens, Jay Flewelling (winner of this month’s The Moth StorySLAM), Kelley Tyner McAllister, Lisa Miller, MaryAnn Rambo, Mark Saltveit and Scott Poole.

Learn more and get tickets here

This is going to be a fun show.

The brilliant Jake Michels asked me to join him as a sub in his 2-person improv group, Balrog. We performed in a  comedy cage match style show called Friday Night Fights at the Curious Comedy Theater. We were given 17 minutes to perform and at the end of the night the audience would vote for their favorite team. (We won!)

What you can’t see is that on the right side of the stage is a clock counting down from 17 minutes. Knowing that will make a joke at the end of the show a lot funnier.

If you like Ender’s Game, this set has a lot of jokes you’ll enjoy.

Also, I don’t know what was up with my hair that night.

This is Stacey Hallal, the founder and artistic director of the theater I perform at, The Curious Comedy Theater. She is one of the most inspiring comedians I’ve ever worked with. Actually, she’s one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Click on the second image to read about the Women’s comedy festival, All Jane No Dick, she is running this week in Portland, OR.

(full article at the Oregonian)

iankarmel:

For a long time I thought the Willamette Week simply had a stand-up comedy problem. You couldn’t really fault them for having a stand-up comedy problem. They’re a fantastic newspaper, but even for fantastic newspapers the resources are stretched frustratingly thin. There just isn’t enough staff…

In 2006 I interned at Willamette Week. Bryon Beck, my internship “mentor” asked me what I’d be interested in writing about. I said the Portland comedy scene. He scoffed and said, “There’s no comedy scene in Portland.” Admittedly the Portland comedy scene in 2006 wasn’t what it is now, but there were shows happening every night of the week. Byron Beck is no longer with Willamette Week, but it seems that his ghost still is.

What people who don’t write don’t understand is that they think you make up the line consciously — but you don’t. It proceeds from your unconscious. So it’s the same surprise to you when it emerges as it is to the audience when the comic says it. I don’t think of the joke and then say it. I say it and then realize what I’ve said. And I laugh at it, because I’m hearing it for the first time myself. - Esquire

curiouscomedytheater:

Ruby Rocket: Private Eye - a solo comedy show by Stacey Hallal.

© 2013 Andy Batt - All Rights Reserved 

Styling by Teri Lodge

I am constantly inspired by this woman. 

If you’re in Portland, you really gotta see this show.

Tags: PDX Comedy

curiouscomedytheater:

Perfomers announced for Bridgetown Comedy Festival!! So excited. Congrats to all the performers including Curious’ Stacey Hallal and Gabe Dinger.
Check it out.

Woohoo!

curiouscomedytheater:

Perfomers announced for Bridgetown Comedy Festival!! So excited. Congrats to all the performers including Curious’ Stacey Hallal and Gabe Dinger.

Check it out.

Woohoo!

Tags: PDX Comedy

curiouscomedytheater:

Have you signed up for class yet? Well, now is your last chance! We only have a few spaces left in our Saturday Improv classes starting this week, and our Stand-Up and Sketch Writing classes starting next week. Take a look at the schedule online, and sign-up now to secure
your spot! http://www.curiouscomedy.org/classes/class-schedule/

Learning improv is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. It has helped me in every aspect of my life. Even if you never intend to be a performer, use it to help you with job interviews, or handling crazy life experiences, or simply as a way to relieve stress.