Jake and I had a great time talking comedy. Enjoy!
As I mentioned in the previous post, the joke that finally got David lighted off the stage happened around 4:09. The one person you don’t hear laughing is the host.
I urge you to not listen to this if you have a low tolerance for what some might call “obscene.” David has never met a taboo he didn’t make a joke about.
david heti is a stand-up comic sort of
he has one degree in philosophy and two in law
he has been described as a darker woody allen who doesn’t give a fuck what the audience thinks
he is most likely in montreal, new york or Toronto
-His website bio
David Heti wears glasses. He is so thin I want to offer him a well-moored rope to hold onto in a stiff wind. But listen to his comedy without knowing what you’re getting into and you may be pole-axed. A “trigger alert” sign should be flashing behind him during every set he does. He is currently my favorite comedian.
An unfortunate incident occurred during his visit to Portland in March. If I were looking for the least appropriate show for him to do, this would have been the show. Only a children’s birthday party might have been worse (which David’s available for, by the way). The audience was laughing. The host was not. She finally rushed the stage with her phone light like he was about to perform an abortion with a hammer and chisel. I will not recite here what the joke was (trigger alert!), but it was at 4:09 on the recording that will be on the next post. She checked in with the audience, no one fainted from the vapors or needed to talk about their feelings and the show went on.
Boom: It happened, let’s move on. The lesson here is that if you book a show, make sure you’ve seen the comic’s act before you book them. If you’re being booked onto a show and you do edgy material, make sure the booker has seen your act.
If you have heard David’s material and don’t like it, I still think you will find value in my interview with him. We don’t talk about the content of his humor, but rather what informs it. In fact, at the time of this interview, I didn’t know his comedy very well and you can tell by the naïve nature of my questions-it happened pre-incident. This probably made for a better interview, actually.
Hailing from the Tri-Cities, Jeremiah Coughlan is well known for how difficult I found it to spell and pronounce his last name. He is also known for supplying one of my lawn parties with a mic and amp for an impromptu open mic. In short, he would be my best friend if he would answer my phone calls and door knocks. He’s not only the guy you want at your party, he’s the guy you want on your stage.
As the youngest of six kids, he always had an audience and the dinner table was his stage 7 nights a week. Jeremiah has made a name for himself in the comedy world with his thoughtful, conversational delivery and candid, honest material. His comedy was described by a judge at a recent contest as “just self-deprecating enough”.
He was invited to perform as part of The 2013 Northwest Comedian’s Graduating Class (an annual showcase highlighting the best young comedic voices throughout the Northwest), He was also the first runner-up in The 2014 Tri-City Joke Off, and a Semi-Finalist in The 2014 Portland’s Funniest Person Contest. Jeremiah produces and hosts three monthly show in Portland, OR, and can be found regularly hosting Stage Left Comedy shows in Portland and daily at @CoughlanMiah61c on twitter.
Adam is someone I would describe as being a classic comic. He’s naturally funny and has great comic timing and sophistication that can’t be taught. For being in comedy such a short time, he’s amongst the head of the pack. He’s got great stories and my recollection is that he calls me a racist at least twice. He’s a lot of fun to talk and listen to, and he’s not as mean as he looks. I believe he would enjoy ripping a heckler limb from limb, but he hasn’t had the opportunity yet. Because he looks like he could rip you limb from limb.
I had the privilege of hosting Steve while he was in town performing for Lonnie Bruhn’s professional comedy series “Stage Left Comedy.” He is a font of knowledge about doing comedy and about the comedy industry. If you have interest in becoming a road dog like he is, or just enjoy listening to a funny and entertaining individual, you will appreciate this interview.
Steve is the first non-Portland comic I have interviewed to date.
Tirelessly working the road an astonishing 52 weeks a year, this comedy road warrior performs all over the United States and has also performed internationally. No stage is too big or too small; he has performed for crowds as large as 5,000 and as small as two. First hitting the comedy stage straight out of high school at 18, he has honed his craft at comedy clubs, dirty bars, shiny casinos, military bases, cruise ships, colleges, corporate shows, fundraisers, restaurants and even a back yard or two. His comedy has universal appeal, and his experience shows it.
In his 23 years as a performer, he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with comedy legends such as Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Kevin James and Tom Green. He has made television appearances on HBO, NBC, E! and Comedy Central. He is heard regularly on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Sex Talk Live” and “The Jiggy Jaguar Show”.
In addition, he landed the lead in a low-budget horror film (“Hell’s Lake”, currently in post-production), entertained the troops in Iraq and Kuwait, performed at 2007’s “Gathering of the Juggalos”, and has been seen nationally and internationally at such festivals as Calgary’s “Funnyfest”, “The Detroit International Comedy Festival” (twice) and “The Great Plains Comedy Festival” (twice). In all, he has performed in 46 states, 7 countries and 4 islands.
An admitted workaholic, Sabo has released four full length comedy albums, including 2009’s “A Mouthful of Sea-Monkeys” which was considered “One of the top ten comedy albums of 2009” according to the Serious Comedy Site. He is currently traveling the globe working on material for his fifth as of yet untitled comedy album to be released sometime in 2014.
Brandy Feit was named after the song “Brandy (you’re a fine girl)” by Looking Glass in Chicago, Illinois. Her earliest memories were at 3 years old and includes her blowing out her big bird birthday cake and her panic attack at age 4. She quit smoking at age 7. She wanted to do standup comedy since third grade and being called funny is still the best compliment she could ever hear. She studied nonprofit management & public affairs at Indiana University and she wishes she studied journalism if anything at all, but she thought that was practical at the time. Follow your dreams kids. She greatly cocktails and works in the spirits industry. She aspires to be famous or at least revered in some way so she can sleep with younger men and live abroad if her potential husband dies too prematurely. She has never killed anyone.
Aaron is easily the youngest comedian I’ve interviewed so far, but for someone just entering his twenties, his comedy is smart and sophisticated, with a touch of the tragic. Hailing from Skokie, Illinois, he moved to Portland in 2013 specifically for the comedy scene, not recognizing that Skokie is a hotbed of hilarity. He was recently referred to as that “young motherfucker who is funnier than me” by me.
Jason Traeger can truly be described as a Portland renaissance man. Writer, director, actor, artist, standup comic, photographer, distiller of hard liquors, he is a hipster’s hipster without coming across as a douche. He also owns a car, so I guess he isn’t a hipster at all.
His low-key delivery and surreal observations will knead your mind in a pleasant and disturbing way. His art is human industrial. He is a photo documentarian of the Portland comedy scene and he likes to compare what he’s trying to do with this website with what he is trying to do with his photography. He doesn’t take a bad picture. Of other people, I mean.
Lonnie Bruhn is a one of a kind in Portland. Besides being highly talented, very funny and occasionally offensive to some audiences, he brings with him a long, storied history in Portland’s burgeoning comedy scene.
I sat down with him last summer and lo and behold, the nearly two hour conversation didn’t get recorded on my iPad. But not only do I give him 90% of the credit for building this website, but he indulged me in yet another interview.
He is a man of many opinions and much wisdom and there is no way I could capture everything he has to say in just one interview, so look for an upcoming series to further flesh out this multi-dimensional human being.
In his own words: “I’ve been labeled many things – edgy, dirty, or X-rated, but I don’t think I’m any of those labels. I’m just honest. I like to say I’m uncensored. Life is uncensored so why should a comedy show be any different? Recently, I did a show at a casino where I couldn’t swear or say god’s name in vain. It was a challenge, but I did it. I really had to get creative though. What I am – honest, curious, uncensored, funny, physical, and kind of weirdly lovable (according to my fans). What I’m not – mediocre, bored, predictable, or coordinated.” Also included in Lonnie’s interview are a couple of songs by his favorite band, Asylum Street Spankers. On the front end of the interview, you will find “Walkin’ & Whistlin’ Blues” and on the tail end, “Hometown Boy.”
Danny Felts is not the Watergate operative known as Mark Felt (Deep Throat), though I’ll be he can do a pretty killer imitation. Other than a natural funniness, the thing I took away from my chat with him is that he is one of the few Portland comics who can do voice impersonations. He can do a great Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, but don’t get the wrong idea-he’s not creepy and scary like them, as far as I can tell.
A spry up-and-comer in the Portland, OR comedy scene, Danny’s comedic style contains elements of storytelling, and surrealism; all in the name of shedding light on the hidden absurdities the universe chooses to dump on him.
Felts has been featured on IFC’s Portlandia, and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Art Beat”. In addition, he has also performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2012-13), the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (2012-13), the 2013 Savage Henry Comedy Festival in Arcata, CA, and most recently the 2013 Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale.
When he is not performing, he can be found editing the wildly popular/masochistic web series The Spicy News, which he is also a contributing writer to. He performs regularly around Portland, Seattle, and Northern California.
Danny’s comedy is very much like Iceland. Obscure, layered in an array of sweaters, and breathtakingly beautiful.”
To learn more about Danny, check out his website:
If you are a Portland comic, you know Anatoli Brandt as a very funny Russian (actually Ukranian) guy who hosts open mics at both Brody Theater and Funhouse. He also teaches a standup comedy class at the Brody. Sharp witted, clever and occasionally vicious, if you see him you will without a doubt get something lacking in Portland; a genuinely edgy comic. The edge comes with experience and a pragmatic view of the world. He emigrated to the United States with several family members and lived in California before settling in Oregon.