Bridgetown Comedy fest is a comedy fan’s Christmas. In its six years, it is the place that enabled my own comedy obsession, allowing me to mingle with the best of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Held in queer mecca, Portland, Oregon, Bridgetown is where I first saw Maria Bamford perform, as well as Tig Notoro and Janeane Garofalo. The minute this year’s lineup was announced, I spent my Friday night strategically mapping out my itinerary for the coming weekend. Seems I’m going to get the chance to see some of my favorites, Candy Lawrence, Mo Welch, Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito, as well as an array of new faces.
I made it my mission to laboriously hunt down some of this year’s up-and-comers in order to see what I was in store for. I took no joy in creeping funny ladies on the web, I assure you. What I found was an amazingly diverse group of comics who are keeping both Bridgetown and their local comedy scenes queer and roaring with laughter. Here’s a little intro to some of the ladies of Bridgetown.
A self-proclaimed comedy nerd, Becca wrote about comedy for Splitsider for a number of years before giving it a try herself. She turned a knack for writing about comedy into a successful run at stand-up, with Twitter as her gateway drug. Since then, she’s performed all over, from the Ohio Lesbian Festival to last year’s Chicago Women Funny Festival.
On Getting Started:
On Twitter Fame:
On Unique Perspectives:
On Bridgetown Comedy Fest:
Currently, Becca is co-producing Congrats On Your Success, a free comedy show held the first Thursday of the month at Uncharted Books in Chicago. Check her out at this year’s Just For Laughs showcase and on Twitter @becca_oneal.