Our Staff

Belinda Carroll


Portland Queer Comedy Festival Co-Founder/Co-Producer Belinda Carroll has been an activist in the LGBTQ community since 1993, and began in entertainment producing stage shows at the City Nightclub; the country’s only underage LGBTQ nightclub, at that time. After working as a vocalist throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, Belinda began stand-up comedy in late 2008 and has had the great pleasure of producing sold out shows for, and featuring with — Guy Branum, ANT, Vicki Shaw, Dana Goldberg, Jason Stuart, Sandra Valls and Julie Goldman, among others. In addition, Belinda was a co-organizer for the 2010 Butch Voices National Conference, was a recipient of the 2011 Pride-in-Action award from Pride NW for her work on founding the Q Patrol, a community foot patrol to reduce LGBTQ hate crimes in downtown Portland, and was awarded a Queer Hero award by GLAPN (Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest) in 2018. She has worked with Portland LGBTQ Pride in various capacities; as Entertainment Director, Emcee, Stage Manager, as well as acting as the main organizer for the Portland Dyke March since 2011. As a writer, she has written for the anthology Persistence: All-Ways Butch/Femme, Curve, Huffington Post, Cracked.com, and PQ Monthly. She just read this back, and realized she is clearly very, very gay.

D Martin Austin

D MARTIN AUSTIN is a queer single parent raised throughout America’s predominantly white suburbs by a copywriter and a black nationalist. Building from their complicated background and experiences, D wrestles existential anxieties to bring a uniquely accessible voice to readers of their blog and column in The Portland Mercury (“The Party Review”), the stage, and their podcast YOUR FAULT FOR LISTENING (on iTunes), with a healthy dose of social criticism, self-deprecation, and a dash of gold lame. This is their first festival production, and nothing could be more of a perfect fit. *Voted Best Showcase (Your Fault for Listening) and Funniest Male Performer at The NW Black Comedy Festival (2017)

Jenna Vesper

Social Media Manager

Jenna Vesper is Portland based is a high energy, crass, hardworking, loud divorced/queer/chubby/hairy slut who loves jokes about her dead parents. She produces Portland local favorites such as Comic Strip, Smut, and puts her addiction to social media to great use as the Portland Queer Comedy Festivals Social Media Director. Validate her on all social media platforms @jennawithasmile ‘Seriously, give Jenna validation. She really needs this right now.’ – Jenna’s therapist

Kathleen Buckley

Kathleen Buckley is a graphic designer running away from Tampa in Portland Oregon. Her specialities include blue comedy, hand drawn type and WordPress. Comedy: Twitter Design: Portfolio

Katie Rempe

Volunteer Coordinator

I am so pleased to be the Volunteer Coordinator for the Portland Queer Comedy Festival for the second year running. Alongside helping with PQCF, I perform improv with the local group Girls With Heads and am an improv ensemble member for the Funhouse Lounge, where you can often catch me hosting bingo at the Rusty Trombone Senior Center as the immortal Mrs. Cho among other various roles. Outside of comedy you can find me working my day job, fundraising for children in foster care, or dissolving into giggles over pictures of cats looking embarrassed.