Andy Barrett

Co-founder/Co-Producer

Andy Barrett likes cool stuff. He loves to laugh. He has an insatiable creative side. And he's a little off. If you've been to Funhouse Lounge, or more specifically the Clown Room, you've seen the proof. Andy created the Funhouse as a haven for unbridled and inclusive creativity, and so it seems appropriate that this festival originates here. As a director, producer, performer, songwriter, playwright and improv comedian for more than 25 years, he is always looking for that next inspiration. That next amazing group of performers. That next affirmation that life is nothing without humor, love, acceptance & artistic expression. This festival is all that and more. It is important for everyone, everywhere, to see what we are doing here. As a part of this wonderfully diverse family, it is Andy's distinct pleasure to help make this festival possible.

Belinda Carroll

Co-Founder/Co-Producer

Comedian, LGBTQ activist and Portland Queer Comedy Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director Belinda Carroll began stand-up comedy in late 2008 and has had the great pleasure of producing and featuring in sold out shows with — Nico Santos, Guy Branum, ANT, James Adomian, Dana Goldberg, Jason Stuart, Sandra Valls and Julie Goldman. In addition, Belinda has been seen on Portlandia, MTV, in various commercials and for .0007 seconds of several tv shows you've never heard of. She was a co-organizer for the 2010 Butch Voices National Conference, and 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. She was awarded a Queer Hero award by GLAPN (Gay and Lesbian History 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 comedic writer, she has written for the anthology Persistence: All-Ways Butch/Femme, Curve, Huffington Post, Cracked.com, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week and PQ Monthly. She just read this back, and realized she is clearly very, very gay.

D Martin Austin

D MARTIN AUSTIN is a stand-up comedian, writer, and social activist based in Portland, OR. Their humor is a marriage of absurdity, social critique, and genuine introspection. They are an Associate Producer for Portland Queer Comedy Festival, have written extensively for The Portland Mercury, and work closely with nonprofit organizations such as SPEEC (Sex Positive Education & Event Center).

Holgate

Photography Director

Holgate is film school drop out from the Midwest. They are a non-binary queer who hangs out at home with their cat. Holgate has an eye for capturing the moments of genuine joy and awe shared between a comedian and the audience. They have been photographing Comic Strip PDX for over a year. All Social Media @bmmrcty

Jenna Vesper

Social Media Manager

Jenna Vesper is Portland based comic who is a high energy, crass, hardworking, loud divorced/queer/chubby/hairy slut who loves jokes about her dead parents! She produces Portland favorite Comic Strip, and produces/hosts SMUT, DISOWNED, podcast Date Card Pod, and co-produces the Portland Queer Comedy Festival. She was a semi finalist in Queerspace Magazines Outstanding Queer Comedy Competition and graced the stages of the Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, HAHA Harvest Festival, and Point Break Comedy & Meatball Festival. 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.