It’s rumored that the rainy weather in Oregon can cause residents to lose their sense of humor, but that is simply not the case! Comedy is alive and well in the Beaver State, even among the cloudy skies. Here are the 10 best places to catch some live comedy in the state!
You’ll be entertained by national acts as well as renowned local jokesters while enjoying top-quality food and beverages at Helium Comedy Club. Open mic nights are every Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. If you’ve always wanted to unleash your inner comic, now’s your chance — Helium is sponsoring Standup Comedy 101.
Harvey’s Comedy Club has been keeping Portland laughing since 1992. You’ll find nationally known headliners with talented local favorites here as openers six nights per week. Make a night of it and enjoy dinner at Harvey’s Hoyt Dining Room before settling in for a night of fine comedy.
Curious Comedy Theater is a nonprofit organization dedicate to making people’s lives better through comedy. Open mic is every Sunday night at 8 p.m., and open improv for teams is every other Thursday night at 8. Food and beverages include creative craft cocktails, delectable desserts, and eclectic entrees. You can also take classes here to hone your funny bone.
Situated in an historic theater in the heart of downtown Salem, Capitol City Theater features improvisational and standup acts. Comedy workshops and classes are also available here. Open mic is every Thursday at 8 p.m.
Self-described as a modern cabaret, Eastside Portland’s Funhouse Lounge and Clown Room was recently voted “One of Portland’s Weirdest Bars” by The Oregonian newspaper. No two nights are the same here, so come often for a new experience. The acts here are anything but stale, and you’ll be left thinking about comedy in a completely new way.
If you’re a fan of short, sharp improv bits, Shark Bite is the place for you. Shark Bite serves up high quality comedic entertainment at a price that won’t leave you laughing at its absurdity—but you’ll be laughing at everything else. This is a family-friendly environment, so bring the whole crew for good clean fun.
Local and national acts thrive at The Brody Theater, so count on seeing rising stars and supernovas. An all-time audience favorite is an improv competition that eliminates players per audience vote while a director teams them up at random. The one with the highest score at the end of the night wins the prize. The Brody Theater also offers classes.
Comedy Sportz has been entertaining Portland residents and visitors since 1993 with live shows every weekend, and they haven’t missed a weekend once since opening their doors. They probably have the most comprehensive list of comedy classes in the state, ranging from comedy camps for kids to standup classes for adults.
Central Oregon residents get their laughs from Bend Comedy. Besides good local and national acts, you’ll also enjoy trivia nights and other fun events. Bend Comedy isn’t limited to one local venue—you’ll find free ranging comedy instead. One event might be held in the tasting room at a local cider house, while another might be found at a local cafe. Be sure to keep current by checking out their website when looking for fun and laughter in the Central Oregon area.
The Green Room in Eugene is a combination of private party venue, dance club, and comedy club—perfect choices for a vibrant university town. Their open mic on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. is the longest running comedy mic in Eugene and is a well-loved tradition among both the university crowd and residents.