With Rip City Comedy Festival, it’s laugh at first sight

The first-year showcase features heavy hitters and Pacific Northwest flair putting on shows in Southeast Portland from Thursday, May 4-Saturday, May 6.

A hand holds a microphone against a black background.

This thing is certainly on.

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Portland’s newest comedy festival is ready to roll... and leave you rolling on the floor.

Rip City Comedy Festival debuts Thursday, May 4-Saturday, May 6, at four venues across Southeast Portland: The Get Down, Helium Comedy Club, Funhouse Lounge, and Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

“I think the best part of this festival for comedy fans, is that it’s not just about seeing comedians do their 10-minute set,” says founder Joe Bee. “It feels different, and I dig that. We’ve created opportunities for festival performers to challenge themselves and have fun through a diverse array of performance types.”

A collage of performers at Rip City Comedy Festival

The list of talent goes on and on.

Photos via Rip City Comedy Festival

There will be headliners like Blair Socci and Amy Miller, themed shows like “Femmes the Rules,” “Midnight Ma$$,” and “Leave Your Troubles At the Door,” plus the “Everybody Hates You” roast.

You can expect plenty of local Portland/Vancouver talent too, including Sean Jordan, Shain Brenden, Tony Ward, Kate Murphy, Jamal Coleman, and more.

“It’s funny because I’ve been told this is the most talented lineup people have seen in a first-year fest, and that means a lot,” Bee says. “Especially as this is something that’s essentially been put together by a couple friends who work in the service industry.”

See the full slate of performers, cop a VIP wristband, or check out the side stage acts with the standard pass. Tickets to individual shows are also available.