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From comedy open mics to big-name comics making tour stops in Eugene, stand-up comedy has gained a foothold in Eugene’s nightlife. Eugene Weekly thought it … Continue reading
“Power that isn’t really justified by the will of the governed should be dismantled,” Noam Chomsky says, defining anarchism as a political philosophy. I pose … Continue reading
Collin Williams doesn’t want to be known as the suicide comic. “Suicide doesn’t define you,” Williams says. “It’s something I needed to talk about. If … Continue reading
Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell is a two-time Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of CNN’s popular “United Shades of America,” where he has, among … Continue reading
When comedian Paula Poundstone wanted to get in shape, she opted for taekwondo — not because she had a passion for self-defense but because it … Continue reading
What do compulsive inappropriate thoughts, suicidal tendencies and cute raccoons have in common? They’re all frequent topics of Maria Bamford’s comedy. Bamford brings her unique … Continue reading
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Don’t call Hari Kondabolu a political comedian. “I don’t talk about Democrats and Republicans,” the New Yorker says. “I don’t care so much about the … Continue reading
In this week’s episode of What’s Happening, we catch up with Eugene Weekly arts freelancer Will Kennedy about his interview with Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu. Kondabolu talked about a documentary he created called “The Problem with Apu,” current events and politics as well as his upcoming show at the Hult Center. Read Kennedy’s full story on Kondabolu in our Thursday, Nov. 16, print issue of EW or read it online at EugeneWeekly.com.
Garrison Keillor’s 40-year run as host of A Prairie Home Companion came to an end last year, but the consummate storyteller continues to perform. At … Continue reading
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Before launching the show last season, Bell was probably … Continue reading
Look around and you’ll find the seeds of a comedy scene germinating in Eugene. More and more, nationally touring comics are stopping to perform locally, and several venues — such as Luckey’s, The Green Room and Sam Bond’s — are hosting comedy nights. A cornerstone of Eugene comedy is the NW Women’s Comedy Festival, now entering its 10th year. Festival founder Leigh Anne Jasheway says that in the early years the event was the only women’s comedy festival between Seattle and northern California. Continue reading
Comedian, author and actress Jen Kirkman is known for appearing on Chelsea Handler’s talk show Chelsea Lately and for being one of the first comedians to sign up for Drunk History. In 2013, Kirkman released the New York Times bestselling memoir, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids. Continue reading