I moved to Portland in 1996 and after a short stint at 107 dot 5 (The Beat, The Beat, The Beat), I realized that commercial radio was evil. Commercial radio falls into two basic categories; abominable and awful. Be happy if you’re only awful. I don’t think “Under the Bridge” and “Dire Straits (which was never alternative in the first place)” can be considered anything close to “Alternative”, a dubious label in any case. It truly is a sad world we live in where the most dynamic commercial radio genre is Christian rock.
Just prior to “The Beat” (which was destroyed after it left the AM dial anyway) I worked as program director at the amazing and lovable KWVA-a true creative sandbox. There has been no non-commercial radio equivalent until the advent of podcasts, which from my estimation only became viable in the last five years.
After OHSU decided I was no longer a viable option (and they’re doctors, after all), I decided to take the opportunity to create this website and delve deeper into what is Portland comedy.
So now I wake up after 11am, drink my cup of coffee and contemplate how funny and fun my day will be. I am what can only be described as a comedy nut. I’ve been doing a comedian interview program at a local radio station for about a year when I decided to strike out on my own. Apparently, this station was under the illusion that there were enough listeners for the FCC to give a shit about what it broadcast and further that “balls” and “fart” qualify as obscenity. If you’ve watched ANY network television in the last 40 years, you’ll know that even All in the Family had the sound of a toilet flushing because Archie just got done taking a huge dump.
The mission of this blog (seen elsewhere on the site) is to shed light on all things comedy, and particularly standup comedy, the crystal meth of comedy, in the Portland scene.