title: Curious Comedy Theater
html_text: Curious Comedy Theater doesn't just host some of the best improv comedy in Portland—it also trains the next generation of off-the-cuff comedians. Every weekend, the stage hosts recurring and one-off improv, sketch comedy, and standup acts, all while audiences enjoy tastes from a menu packed with local ingredients. During the week, some of those same witty talents can be found in the classroom, leading such sessions as Improv Fundamentals, Scene Work Skill Building, Introduction to Stand Up Comedy, and Laughing Without Snorting.
The chain of Helium Comedy Clubs releases giggle gas from famed headliners and tomorrow's brightest stars at its Philadelphia, Portland, and Buffalo locations. In front of a tabled showroom that allows audiences a clear sightline and maximizes guffaw acoustics, a bustling calendar of familiar comic talent fills most of the week with levity, and open mic nights and standup workshops put aspiring jokesmiths higher up the comedy rung. Although the club holds guests to a two-item minimum, the menu inspires curiosity regarding maximum orders, with tempting savories such as shrimp cocktail, pulled-pork sliders, avocado and chicken paninis, and spicy potato bites with ranch dressing.
Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detectives’ cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.
Locals know the best theater in Portland is located at Brody Theater.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This club has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Brody Theater draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
Prepare to face the crowds at Brody Theater during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the club's NW Broadway location offers nearby street parking.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the club.
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Like the philosophy-based salons and cafes of 19th-century Europe, Funhouse Lounge is a place where locals can revel in local art and entertainment over drinks. On many nights, the stage plays host to local acts showing off skills at karaoke, open-mic comedy, and music. Saturday evenings also welcome local improv groups that take the stage with off-the-cuff comedy scenes. While watching neighbors and friends show off their talents, guests split eccentric appetizers such as Irish nachos made from potato chips, cheese sauce, and sour cream or the Ho Ho trifle. The drink menu is equally as whimsical, with bartenders mixing up carnival-themed drinks such as the Bumper Car with Southern Comfort, amaretto, and sloe gin. The Midway Mojito boasts fresh-squeezed lime and a very slim chance of going home with an oversized stuffed tiger.