If laughter were a school supply, it would be an eraser, magically and instantly absolving all past and present regrets. Rub out unpleasantries with today's Groupon. For $6, you get a ticket to any Friday or Saturday main-stage performance at Curious Comedy Theater (a $12 value at the door). Groups of eight or more are encouraged to make reservations with the theater.
In a courageous crusade to reverse of the advance of gloomery and doldrumage, the Curious Comedy Theater puts up hilarious sketch and improv comedy shows in an intimate, bistro-style performance space with a full bar. This non-profit theater was the first of its kind in Portland devoted exclusively to comedy, and the second of its kind to incorporate a 4-D ride experience. Though the schedule frequently rotates, recent main-stage offerings included Playback Theater, a form of improv that takes stories from the audience and acts them out on the spot, and Sock It to Me, a '60s-themed sketch comedy with an ensemble cast of some of Portland's best performers.
CCT co-founders Stacey Hallal and Bob Ladewig both received their comedy training in Chicago, which is to improvisation what Philadelphia is to cheesesteaks and Detroit is to dolphin-themed water stunt shows. Having trained with Second City and iO—world-famous comedy institutions known for alumni such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell—Stacey and Bob, along with the theater's cast of performers, know how to elicit chuckles, chortles, and even seldom-heard cachinnations from Portlanders. The Curious Comedy Theater's canon of comic styles will find a way to tickle all sorts of funnybones, regardless of the amount of mirth-marrow contained therein. Make a reservation for a night at the theater that's actually meant to be funny.
- Make your way to Curious Comedy, order a beer (and panini, if you want) settle into the cozy cabaret-style table seating and be roundly entertained by the squabbling pair of stick-up artists trying to execute a hold-up, or the lovey-dovey couple pulling faces at the pound; the frantic secretary with an obvious crush on her boss, or the loudmouth father who shouts at his timid son from the Little League bleachers. These Second City alums are hilarious, and their comedy chops are legit. – Alexis Rehrmann, Portland Monthly
- This place is amazing! I have never laughed so hard in my life. We go often because it is always something new and fresh. – Brittany V., Yelp