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THE 2017 PORTLAND QUEER COMEDY FESTIVAL HEADLINERS:

 

Guy Branum

Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend? He’s appeared on E!, MTV, G4, CurrentTV, and lots of other channels you’d need to upgrade your cable to watch. He’s written for Punk’d on MTV and Fashion Police on E!. That means he’s watched the Grammys at Joan Rivers’s house. Jealous? Guy also writes for the “Gay Voices” section of The Huffington Post and occasionally makes web videos where he dances around without his shirt on. But mostly, Guy is very, very beautiful and good at having sex.
 

Kate Willet

Kate Willett has been featured on Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening,” Viceland’s “Flophouse” and toured with Margaret Cho nationally and internationally.  You might have seen her on Fusion TV or heard her on the Risk! podcast with Kevin Allison. She’s was named a top “Artist to Watch in 2016” by SF Weekly, has opened for comedians like Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman,  Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Jackie Kashian, and Myq Kaplan,   She’s appeared in the 2015 Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, and San Francisco Sketchfest (5 years in a row).  She’s a regular feature at comedy clubs all over the country and a favorite of audience members, flannel clad skateboarders, and all of her twenty-three roommates.
 

ANT

Hyper, irreverent, and just downright fabulous, ANT (spelled in caps) has  steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC’s hit series Last Comic Standing. He is recognized as the host VH1′s  Celebrity Fit Club and in the LOGO series, “U.S. of ANT.”  ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in  “Celebri-Cadabra.” a competition show featuring magic and celebrities. His hit stand-up DVD, “ANT: America’s Ready” and comedy CD “Follow my ass!” have sold tens of thousands of copies and are available in stores nationwide and online at every CD/DVD retailer including amazon.com
 

Jason Stuart

When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind…. Jason Stuart.  He now has a major role The Birth Of A Nation by filmmaker Nate Parker.  Jason also has appeared in the award winning films TangerineLove Is Strange, Gia with Kindergarten Cop and Vegas Vacation among his fan favorites. He has wowed TV audiences with guest roles on such shows as LoveSleepy Hollow, Real Rob, Entourage, The Closer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, HouseEverybody Hates ChrisGeorge Lopez, Will & GraceCharmed and as “Dr. Thomas” on My Wife and Kids. As a stand up comic you have lol with him on Gotham Comedy LiveRed Eye with Tom Shilue, One Night Stand Up, Wisecrack, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and his own comedy special Making It To The Middle. http://www/JasonStuart.com
 

Riley Silverman

A Los Angeles resident with deep midwestern roots, the dark yet silly comedy of Riley Silverman has been seen on MTV and the Fusion Network, as well as at the Women in Comedy Festival and Portland’s All Jane comedy festival. Her debut comedy album, Intimate Apparel, was a #1 best seller on Amazon. Riley is a contributor to Pajiba.com, was named the #FashionTruth girl for April 2015 by ModCloth as part of their customer beauty campaign, and she was also listed as one of 10 Women Comedians Who Smash the Patriarchy by The Culture Trip.
 

Julie Goldman

You know Julie Goldman from BRAVO’s THE PEOPLES COUCH, Co-Host of VANDERPUMP RULES AFTER SHOW, and you can hear her now on the hit new podcast DUMB GAY POLITICS with Julie & Brandy.  You may have also seen Julie on LOGO TV’s sketch comedy shows GAY SKIT HAPPENS, and BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW. Julie will be guest starring on the new season of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.  Julie Headlines stand up all over the country at clubs, colleges and all sorts of events.
 

Robby Hoffman

Robby Hoffman is a small red-headed ex-Chasidic lesbian Jew stand-up comedian and writer. She was recently New Faces at JFL42 (2015) and asked back to the festival (2016). She also performed at Off-JFL in Montreal (2016). She also performed at the All Jane festival in Portland (2016) and has been asked for industry selection at the Funny Women Fest in Los Angeles (2016).
 

Maggie Maye

Maggie Maye loves candy almost as much as she also loves performing comedy. She made her late night debut on Conan and was featured in AXS TV presents: Gotham Comedy Live. She’s performed stand up in festivals such as Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (as one of the Sketchfest Dozen), FunFunFun Fest, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, SXSW, and the All Jane Comedy Festival. She’s opened for Hannibal Burress, Paul Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, and Earth, Wind and Fire. She’s had her name in comedy articles in the Huffington Post, Variety, LaughSpin, the New York Times, Splitsider, who named her among the 2015 top up-and-coming comics, and the Austin American Statesman, who named her as one of 2015’s People to Watch. She performs improv comedy with her troupe Damn, Gina! and in various sketch and improv shows around Austin. Her comedy is described in the same way she is: sassy, charming, and smart. Also, a 6-year-old once told her she was the funniest person ever. And kids rarely lie.
 

Dana Goldberg

Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and two siblings, veteran comedian Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. With performances at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, The Comedy Festival produced by TBS and HBO, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; her quick wit and playful stage presence have her earning loyal fans across the country and abroad. A crowd favorite, Goldberg has become a triple threat combining her comedy, hosting, and live auction talents to become one of the most sought after entertainers on the circuit. Voted one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians In America,” Curve magazine raves, “Goldberg is one of the brightest lights in a stellar comedy landscape.” Advocate.com named Goldberg one of the top three LGBT comedians in the nation.
In addition to headlining clubs, theaters and festivals around the country, Goldberg has performed at and emceed dozens of high profile events and has shared the national stage with luminaries such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katy Perry, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, John Lithgow, Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, Shonda Rhimes, and many more. Combining her gift of humor with humanitarian efforts, Goldberg has helped to raise over five million dollars for non-profits around the country in the fight for marriage equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and HIV and AIDS education and prevention. As the youngest child in a single parent household run by a Jewish mother in which two of three kids are gay, Goldberg helps keep most of the comedy venues and half of the psychotherapists in the country in business. For more information on Dana Goldberg visit www.danagoldberg.com
 

Sandra Valls

Sandra performs in 2 Showtime hit comedy specials, The Latin Divas of Comedy(nominated for an Alma Award) and Pride: lgbt Comedy Slam! , hosted by Bruce Vilanch (both available for viewing now on Hulu.com). In a time when gays and lesbians in the United States are still struggling and fighting for equality, Sandra Valls unapologetically takes the road less traveled, celebrates her sexuality, and steps up to the front lines entertaining and educating folks through laughter and plenty of PRIDE! So it comes as no surprise that she was voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics and Top 10 faces to watch in 2010 by Diva Magazine.
 

Jeffery Jay

Jeffrey Jay is a transgender comedian, comedy writer for the Feast of Fun podcast, and public speaker. He has been featured in The Advocate as one of  “The top 7 Transgender Comedians” and “7 LGBT Comics You Shouldn’t Have missed in 2011”, has been see on the CW morning show The Eye Opener, and a Finalist in The 2013 Funniest Comic in Texas. He has been featured in the Dallas Comedy Festival and in a currently airing national Hyundai Commercial. When not doing stand-up Jeffrey participates in ally training and speaks at colleges and high schools sharing his story to educate others about trans issues
 

Riley Fox

Nashville-bred, Portland-based RILEY FOX is a thinking-man in a non-thinking world. Armed with a sharp mind (and an equally sharp tongue), Riley’s comedy points out the absurdities and hypocrisies of just about everything, from life growing up in the South to musings about politics, religion, and society in general. From college auditoriums to a flatbed trailer behind a redneck bar, Riley has seen it all and done it all, making him one of the most versatile comedians in the Pacific Northwest.
Riley has performed at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival and independently released two live comedy albums, UNAMERICAN (2012) and FURTHER THOUGHTS & PROVOCATIONS (2013). He has opened for such names as Nate Bargatze, Rory Scovel, Ian Karmel, Gary Gulman, and Derek Sheen. Riley’s Twitter feed (@riley_fox) has been featured in over a dozen high-profile publications, including New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Someecards, E! Online, Huffington Post, and many more.
 

Trevor Thorpe

Trevor Thorpe is one of Portland’s premier comics. He has produced and performed on multiple successful shows currently including Dork Horses and Showstravaganza. He has also performed on both the Scruffy City and Orlando Indie comedy festivals. A sharp storyteller who doesn’t mind occasionally poking fun at himself, Trevor manages to bring the audience into his world so they can see it through his eyes and share his amusement.
 

Kevin M. Arnold

Kevin M. Arnold is a Portland raised Queer, comedian, entertainer, and variety show producer/host. Creator of Dapper Squad Mystery Theater, and The Hour and a Half Hour, and co-host of Brown Bag Comedy. He is also featured on many podcasts as well as the weekly two he produces We’re Your Bullies Now, and This Ape’s For You.
 

Mark Alexzandr

Mark Alexzandr is a co-founder of Sleeping with Comedy, producing weekly comedy shows and content in East Los Angeles.
 

Manuel Hall

Manuel Hall’s comedy is informed by a desperate range of influences, everything from to pop divas. Straddling that celestial sweet spot between man-child and Grown Ass Man, innocence and salty knowledge, Hall aims to delight with an arsenal of pointed observations along more surreal passages designed to leave audiences with an expanded consciousness…or at least a tear-stained face from the bellies full of laughs. An alum of Portland’s Brody Theater, Manuel can be seen performing on various stand up showcases across town and gives really good hugs!
 

Rick Taylor

Following a 20+ year stint in broadcasting Rick Taylor now brings his forty-something average gay guy view to the stand-up stage. His musings generally take all the life experience route as he is, in his own words, “too lazy to make stuff up.” Rick has performed at Seattle’s Sketchfest, The Seattle International Comedy Competition, and at Bumpershoot Music and Arts Festival. Rick has made his mark on the Seattle comedy scene by performing regularly in every room available and by starting and running some of the city’s most popular local comedy shows and venues. Rick was born and raised in Portland,
Oregon, and for the past 17 years makes his home in Seattle with his husband of 19 years and their two disobedient and ungrateful felines.
 

Jeffrey Robert

Jeffrey Robert, aka “The Gay Uncle”, is a Seattle-based humorist, writer, artist, husband, father, grandfather and laughing curmudgeon. He is the former producer and host of “The Gay Uncle Time”, “West Side Glory” and “The Gay Uncle Podcast” and currently is the curator of “Cabaret Gloria”, an occasional variety show at the Skylark in West Seattle. He is taking his One Gay Show – A Celebration of Pop, Camp, Gay, Underground and Trash Culture of the 60’s & 70’s and Beyond The Gay Uncle Explains It All To You (named “Best Comedy of The Tucson Fringe Festival”) to festivals across the country. You can also catch him doing stand-up and storytelling around the Seattle area. Jeffrey is available to officiate your wedding and gossip about your divorce.
Jeffrey loves Soul Music, the color orange, rain, cappuccinos, dog kisses, tofu, Italian films and the smell of cigars and cheap aftershave. He composts, recycles and drives a Hybrid Prius to help offset his love of long showers.
 

Nariko Ott

Winner of the Portland’s Funniest Person Contest 2016 and named one of SplitSider Magazine’s Top Up and Coming Comedians” in 2015, Nariko Ott is definitely a name you won’t forget. He’s been accepted into the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Redwood Comedy Festival and the Idaho Laugh Fest. Always working, Nariko has established himself in the comedy community by regularly hosting at Helium Comedy Club. He’s the producer of the “Just One of The Guys” the all-female comedy/drag showcase and host of “No Pun Intendo” at Ground Kontrol in Portland. The Willamette Week also recently named Nariko Ott as a member of their “Funniest Five,” their ranking of the top 5 funniest people in the city.

Twitter: Nariko_Ott
IG: Nariko_Ott
Web: NarikoOtt.com

 

Mikey Pullman

Mikey Pullman is Idaho’s notorious angry, bisexual, atheist, bearded ginger. He has been performing standup, sketches, and improv in the Pacific Northwest for over twelve years and he still hasn’t met a whiskey he doesn’t like. Winner of Best of Boise local comedian 2015.
 

Chris Ettrick

Chris began his comedy career in 2013, studying at Portland’s Brody Theater. In 2016, Chris was a finalist in Helium Comedy Club’s Funniest Person in Portland contest. Nominated (or won, depending) by Willamatte week as one of the best comedians in Portland, Chris has performed in New York and across Oregon, sharing the marquee with names like “Danger” Ehren McGhehey, Amy Miller, Shane Torres, Derek Sheen, Bri Pruett, Gabe Dinger and Curtis Cook, among others.
 

Shrista Tyree

 

Charley Macorn

Charley Macorn is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Montana. Yes, you read that correctly. A member of Missoula’s HomeGrown Comedy, Charley has delighted audiences across the country with their droll humor and megachurch delivery. When not touring across the United States, Charley is hard at work on the next issue of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, an all-ages LGBTQ comic book published by Superdames Comics. Follow them @CharleyMacorn or get the inside scoop at CharleyMacorn.com.
 

Leah Mansfield

Leah Mansfield is the only lesbian comedian on Earth that was once also qualified to launch nuclear weapons and destroy that Earth. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she’s now based in LA but has travelled across America and Canada bringing laughs to people who are usually uncomfortable by gays. She’s been to over 15 comedy festivals, has been seen on Laughs TV twice, and has opened for such amazing people as Tom Green, Jimmy Dore, and Hal Sparks. She also loves beer and cheese.
 

D. Martin Austin

D. Martin Austin is a nonbinary black writer and comic residing in Portland, OR. They are a regular contributor to The Portland Mercury, host of Your Fault for Listening (on iTunes and Stitcher), which won “Best Showcase” at the 2017 PNW Black Comedy Festival. They were also voted “Best Male Performer” at the 2017 PNW Black Comedy Festival.
 

Alex Powers

Alex Powers is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer from Baltimore, MD. As a comic she has been described as a “pervy, middle-aged man in the body of a hot lesbian.” Her stand-up has been characterized as edgy and remarkably smart.
Alex has opened regularly for Carlos Mencia (HBO, Comedy Central) and Pablo Francisco (MADtv, TheTonight Show) in comedy clubs all over North America, from Gotham Comedy Club in New York City to the Hollywood Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, CA. Alex has also performed with Bobby Lee, Bill Burr, Brad Williams, Steve Byrne, Maria Bamford, and Bobcat Goldthwait to name a few. In 2017, she appeared on season 3 of Laughs (FOX, Hulu) in a total of three episodes.
 

Becky Braunstein

Called a “hardcore comedy critics’ favorite” at the Idaho Laugh Fest by the festival’s director, who “never had that kind of feedback before from so many people about the same comic,” Becky Braunstein is a rising standout performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She grew up on a mountain in Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and coming close to losing her voice forever – but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up. Becky was an audience favorite at the prestigious 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival, was selected for ‘Best of the Fest’ at the 2017 Golden Spike Comedy Festival, and has also performed at the 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival, the Idaho Laugh Fest, Pickathon, the Siren Nation Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. A finalist for ‘Best Comedian’ in the Willamette Week’s 2016 & 2017 Best of Portland, and selected for Helium Comedy Club’s ‘Best of Portland’, she performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club, Harvey’s Comedy Club, and Curious Comedy Theater. She studied at the same acting school as Liam Neeson, and has a specific set of skills – which include illustrating #FatAnimals, being able to lip-sync the entirety of ‘Pehla Nasha’ from the 1992 hit Bollywood film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and demolitions.
 

Rochelle Cote

Rochelle is a Montana transplant working hard to make it in the big city. This is her first festival, but not her first rodeo. Rochelle strives to make her audiences feel as uncomfortable as she does on a daily basis, but reward them with laughter for their trouble. If you like the dark, gross, and neurotic all rolled up under a trucker hat she’s your gal.
 

Adam Pasi

Adam Pasi is a half Samoan Portland comic who grew up on military bases around the world. Frequently intense but never taking himself too seriously, he is always excited to share his silly take on things.

Schedule

Funhouse Lounge
Ford Food & Drink
Crush Bar
Curious Comedy
Mister Theater
Thursday, July 13th
7:00 PM
7:00 PM

Jeffrey Jay + Friends

Host: Andy Iwanco
Location: Funhouse Lounge
Featuring: Ronn Vigh, Danielle Radford, Val Nigro, Rick Taylor, Jeffrey Jay
9:00 PM
9:00 PM

Keep Portland Queer

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Belinda Carroll
Featuring: D. Martin Austin, Coor Cohen, Jennifer Lanier, Shrista Tyree, Jenna Vesper, Chris Ettrick, Kate Aguilar, Kevin Arnold

Friday, July 14th
5:00 PM
5:00 PM

Happy Hour Show

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Jenna Vesper
Kate Willett, Riley Silverman, Ronn Vigh, Jenn Snyder, Kate Aguilar

7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM

QoC Bloc

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: D. Martin Austin
Featuring: Maggie Maye, Jennifer Lanier, Shrista Tyree, Danielle Radford, Manuel Hall, Kate Aguilar

7:00 PM
Comic Strip
Location: Crush Bar
Host: Chris Ettrick
Featuring: Belinda Carroll, Mark Alexzandr, TBA

7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Do Tell

Location: Ford Food + Drink
Host: Danielle Gregoire
Featuring: ANT, Jeffrey Robert, Coor Cohen, Charley Macorn, Manuel Hall

9:00 PM
9:00 PM
9:00 PM

Gateway Show

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Rick Taylor
Featuring: Maggie Maye, Danielle Radford, TBA

9:00 PM

Kate Willett + Friends

Location: Crush Bar
Host: Mikey Pullman
Featuring: Kate Willett, Ronn Vigh, Chris Ettrick, Leah Mansfield, Mark Alexzandr

9:30 PM
9:30 PM

Sober Show

Location: Ford Food + Drink
Host: Belinda Carroll
Featuring: ANT, Jeffrey Jay, Alex Powers, TBA

12:00 Midnight
12:00 Midnight
Karaoke
Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Nikki Lev

Saturday, July 15th
3:00 PM
3:00 PM

Sandra Valls + Friends

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Kat Buckley
Featuring: Sandra Valls, Kevin Arnold, Mikey Pullman, Katie Nordgren, Jenn Snyder

5:00 PM
5:00 PM

Julie Goldman + Friends

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Val Nigro
Featuring: Julie Goldman, Robby Hoffman, Sandra Valls, Alex Powersd, Mark Alexzandr

7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM

Guy Branum's Gay Bash

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Guy Branum
Featuring: Jason Stuart, Katie Nordgren, Jenn Snyder, Jennifer Lanier

7:00 PM

All Star Show

Location: Curious Comedy
Host: Belinda Carroll
Featuring: Dana Goldberg, Julie Goldman, ANT, Kate Willett, Jeffrey Jay, Danielle Radford

7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Your Fault for Listening

Location: Ford Food + Drink
Host: D. Martin Austin
Featuring: Robby Hoffman, Leah Mansfield, Maggie Maye

9:00 PM
9:00 PM

Allies Show

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Rochelle Cote
Featuring: Trevor Thorpe, Nariko Ott, Adam Pasi, Becky Braunstein, Riley Fox

9:30 PM
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
A Talkshow Named Desire
Location: Ford Food + Drink
Hosts: Crystal Kordowski, Jason Lamb, Stella Harris
Featuring: Jeffrey Jay

9:30 PM

All Star Show

All Star Show
Location: Curious Comedy
Host: D. Martin Austin
Featuring: Guy Branum, Jason Stuart, Sandra Valls, Maggie Maye, Robby Hoffman, Riley Silverman

12:00 Midnight
12:00 Midnight
I'ma Leave You With This
Location: Mister Theater
Host: Coor Cohen
Featuring: Jeffrey Robert, Alex Powers, Val Nigro, Kat Buckley AND SUPER SECRET HEADLINER

Sunday, July 16th
12:00 Noon
12:00 Noon

Big Gay Pancake Bash

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Jennifer Lanier
Featuring: Andy Iwanco, Leah Mansfield, D. Martin Austin, Jenna Vesper

3:00 PM
3:00 PM

Dana Goldberg + Friends

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Kat Buckley
Featuring: Dana Goldberg, Manuel Hall, Val Nigro, Rick Taylor

5:00 PM
5:00 PM

Bawdy Bingo

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Featuring: Honey Bea Hart, Greg Shilling, Jay Flewelling, Mawwal Moustafa

7:00 PM
7:00 PM

Piggyback

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Coor Cohen
Jenna Vesper, Alex Powers, Kate Nordgren, Manuel Hall, Greg Shilling, Jay Flewelling, Nawwal Moustafa

7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Riley Silverman + Friends

Location: Crush Bar
Host: Jennifer Lanier
Featuring: Riley Silverman, Andy Iwanco, Charley Macorn, Kevin Arnold, Rick Taylor

9:00 PM
9:00 PM

SMUT

Location: Funhouse Lounge
Host: Belinda Carroll
Mark Alexzandr, Kate Willett, Riley Silverman, Jeffrey Jay, Alex Powers, Leah Mansfield

9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Maggie Maye + Friends
Location: Crush Bar
Host: Mark Alexzandr
Featuring: Maggie Maye, Danielle Gregoire, Chris Ettrick, Kate Aguilar, Jenn Snyder