Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 2: Dad Boner, Ian Karmel, Peter Serafinowicz, more!

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PORTLAND — The appearance of Funny Over Everything on the schedule for the Bridgetown Comedy Fest comes as no surprise for local stand-up fans. The monthly event never fails to surprise and delight via some smart booking decisions (recent shows have featured Kyle Kinane, Hannibal Buress, and Nate Bargatze) and the chance to drink in the wit of the city’s best comedy voices.

The Bridgetown edition of FOE (held, as always, at the Hollywood Theater) was especially special as the regular trio of stand-ups who host and organize the show (Ian Karmel, Shane Torres, and Sean Jordan) welcomed two heavily bearded comics: Richard Bain, a former Portlander now living in L.A., and Dan St. Germain, who couldn’t help but comment on the dressed-down appearance of everyone on stage thus far. “It’s getting more and more homeless-looking as the show goes on. By the end, it’s just going to be a can of baked beans and Eddie Murphy’s suit from Raw.”

As far as the locals go, Karmel was the star attraction, if only because he was followed on stage by a cameraperson filming his set for an upcoming program on Oregon Public Broadcasting. With that in mind, Karmel did something of a greatest hits set, knocking out his sharpest material including the incongruity of his name vs. his appearance (“Ian Karmel is where you get Turkish Delight in Narnia…my name should be Shlomo Puddingtits”) and an extended rant on the terrifying wonder of a burger known as the Juicy Lucy.

After all the sweaty energy of the previous five comics, watching Peter Serafinowicz deliver his material was a salve to the system. The Shaun of the Dead actor took the audience through his own “history of cinema,” dropping his pitch perfect impressions of everyone from Alan Alda to Michael Caine as well as malapropism-laden versions of famous movie lines: “Mos Eisley space port…what a shithole.”

dad boner 250One of the biggest tickets to snap up at this festival turned out to be the showcase centered on the beloved Twitter account @dadboner. Even Mike Burns, the man behind the beer-drinking, hard partying character known as Karl Welzein, marveled at the fact that a fictional person sold a book to HarperCollins and was able to pull in a capacity crowd at Mt. Tabor Theater.

The bunch of dudes that Burns brought along with him, including Matt Braunger and Mike Bridenstine, joined in the @dadboner celebration, dressing in their finest dude wear (Braunger took off his satin Detroit Tigers jacket to reveal a sleeveless t-shirt; Karmel wore a black tank top) and doing readings from Welzein’s upcoming tome Power Moves: Livin’ The American Dream, USA-Style. All of them joined Burns on stage at the end to help push the show right over the edge with a reading of Welzein’s script for Road House 2012: Pain Still Don’t Hurt a new film starring Guy Fieri and Barry Weiss of Storage Wars filled with bold flavors, carnal desires, and lots of cold ones. Hollywood: snap this beauty up now before it’s way too late, you guys.

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