Bridgetown Comedy Festival

In five short years, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, produced by fan and comic Andy Wood, has established itself as a first rate, world-class comedy event.This year’s festival, aside from marking the five-year anniversary of Bridgetown, features a stunning array of talent, including Doug Benson, Tim Heidecker, Maria Bamford, Pete Holmes, Mary Lynn Rasjkub, Todd Glass, Steve Agee, Horatio Sanzand many others.

[pullquote_right]Over half of this year’s 200+ performers are making their Bridgetown debuts[/pullquote_right]
There’s a crazy amount of incredible, nationally-known talent, sure. But one of the most fantastic and outstanding things about Bridgetown as a force in comedy is its organizers’ commitment to seeking out, discovering and showcasing new and as-yet-unknown comics, many from the Pacific Northwest. This year’s festival received more submissions than any other year in its history (more than triple the number of submissions in 2011), and the festival organizers not only reviewed every single submission, but booked an incredible amount of its applicants. According to fest producer and curator Andy Wood, “Over half of this year’s 200+ performers are making their Bridgetown debuts, and over 50 of this year’s performers were unknown to us before they submitted online. A few names that fall into the unknown-to-us-but-awesome category are Sagar Bhatt, Mike McClowry, David Gborie, Kristen Studard, Sasheer Zamata, KC Arora, Casey Ley and Jesse Elias.

Tickets are now on sale, and the full schedule will be announced soon.


Tim Heidecker
Mary Lynn Rasjkub
Todd Glass
Maria Bamford
Doug Benson
Horatio Sanz
Matt Braunger
Nate Bargatze
Pete Holmes
Matt Besser
Mary Mack
Sean O’Connor
Ron Funches
Howard Kremer
Shane Mauss
Guy Branum
Chris Fairbanks
Dan Boulger
Sean Patton
Matt Walsh
Steve Agee
Erin Jackson
Jimmy Dore
Dave Holmes
Eric Andre
Matt Kirshen
Jason Nash
Jamie Lee
Graham Elwood
James Adomian
John Roy
Lachlan Patterson
Asssscat with Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Horatio Sanz and more
Kevin Allison’s RISK!
Who Charted? Live with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack
Freakdance screening with Matt Besser, Neil Mahoney and more
Jason Nash Is Married screening with stars Jason Nash, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matt Walsh and more
The Humor Code with Professor Peter McGraw
The Friday Forty with Dave Holmes and Scott Gimple


Sam Hardy

Sam Hardy is a writer for KingLoaf and music journalism site AltSounds.