Back in December, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland was voted by Punchline Magazine‘s readers as the Best Comedy Festival even though it’s only in its third year.
Heavily featuring stand-up comedy, which the organizers agreed when they founded it, was experiencing a resurgence (and still is), Bridgetown’s popularity is largely due to the fact that it hosts comedy’s best and brightest, but is incredibly more accessible than other festivals of its kind.
For instance, a festival pass costs $75 for admission into all shows, which is an incredible deal considering there’s 18 shows scheduled on the first day, Thurs. April 21 of Bridgetown alone– along with an open mic that runs all night long. You can see amazing comedic minds like the Daily Show‘s Kristen Schaal or recent Last Comic Standing finalist James Adomian or even rising star Kyle Kinane and also see some of the funniest names sans TV credits like Andy Peters, a LA comedy circuit favorite, who kills pretty much every time he performs.
Bridgetown released their schedule yesterday and while the line-ups at several of the shows are fantastic, including the aforementioned people and more like Jay Larson, fresh off his own CD taping and Comedy Central Presents special, you can often go to the open mic at the Tanker, which is only $10, and see plenty of the those same names drop in, making the festival even more accessible to the public.
With all of the venues within walking distance of each other in Portland’s Hawthorne District, you can catch a good portion of the scheduled shows and take in what the organizers intended, this new wave in comedy, brimming with feverish anticipation with relative ease. Even without the distinction of much older and prestigious comedy festivals like Just for Laughs in Montreal, Bridgetown promises a great time in showcasing people who are just flat out funny at an affordable price with relatively little hassle.