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Where to find laugh-out-loud comedy in Portland

Whether you’re in the mood for stand-up comedy in a park or hilarious improv that relies on audience participation, the Rose City is bursting with options.

Hundreds of people sit on blankets at a grassy park on a sunny day.

Kickstand Comedy’s summer-long Comedy in the Park series draws thousands of people to Laurelhurst Park every week.

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Do you hear that? It’s laughter erupting from audiences witnessing the talented comics of Portland’s comedy scene. Whether you want to get up on stage and share your jokes or sit back and enjoy a full belly laugh, we’ve got you covered with a guide to local comedy.

Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Magnifying underserved voices and enriching lives through the art of comedy are the pillars of this theater’s mission. It was a co-host of the 2023 NW Black Comedy Festival and offers several classes each week, including free drop-in workshops.

Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE Ninth Ave.
One of the biggest forces in the Portland comedy scene, Helium brings stand-up comics hailing from near and far — including nationally known talent — to an intimate theater space offering drinks and food every week.

Kickstand Comedy, 1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Creating a “thriving, diverse, equitable and representational comedy scene” is this nonprofit’s mission. Community members can follow local comedians as they hone their craft at Kickstand’s theater, or at bars, hotels, cafes, and other spaces. Don’t miss Comedy in the Park, a free weekly stand-up series that runs all summer at Laurelhurst Park.

Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave.
This carnival-themed “modern cabaret of sorts” offers a variety of entertainment, including recurring stand-up comedy events like Laughing Stock Open Mic (every Thursday at 10 p.m.) and comedic productions that incorporate audience participation.

The Siren Theater, 3913 N. Mississippi Ave.
Praised as “a game changer for Portland comedy” by the Portland Mercury, The Siren Theater recently moved across the river from its former home in Old Town where it continues to offer professional comedy classes, workshops, shows, and the annual Portland Sketch Comedy Festival.

Still looking for more stand-up? You’re in luck. Helium Comedy Club’s yearly quest to find Portland’s funniest person reaches its side-splitting conclusion on Sunday, Aug. 27. And mark your calendar for the Ha Ha Harvest Comedy and Film Festival in November.

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