We have been extremely lucky to produce ENTERTAINMENT for PEOPLE since September of 2009, and have had an incredible list of performers, filmmakers, authors, illustrators, musicians and friends join us for an evening of delicious laughter.
July 7, 2012 at DISJECTA
Recently underachieving by co-writing MILDRED PIERCE with someone named TODD HAYNES, and then putting out the novel RAIN DRAGON, our Master of Ceremonies will be the bodacious and talented, JON RAYMOND. Dean Martin? More like Dreamy Martin.
WITH PERFORMANCES from 2 to 12 minutes long from…
STEVE ALMOND is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself, because he is sad and masochistic. His memoir CANDYFREAK was a New York Times Bestseller and pretty made him a laughingstock among serious writers. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, GOD BLESS AMERICA, was short-listed for The Story Prize and sold, like, five copies. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other big deal places. La-di-da! He also tweets. But only in Portalnd. And only out of his butt.
As a quadruple threat, VIVA LAS VEGAS, is a STRIPPER + AUTHOR + MUSICIAN + ACTRESS and that equals brain and body stimulation to the nth degree. For this show she’ll be gracing us with her stripped down Emmylou Harris-esque vocal tones, both by singing as PAULS TOUTONGHI reads, and with some of her own songs. Viva also enjoys patriotic popsicles.
When he runs his fingers through his bangs everyone swoons for the director of SIX DAYS TO AIR: The Making of South Park, ARTHUR BRADFORD. He’ll tell the story — interspersed with footage — of one the heart-breakingly funny subjects of a documentary he wrote and directed. He’ll also be tall, and make you feel like it’s all for you, baby.
You adore this red head as the hilarious, feisty, and whip smart host of LIVE WIRE! RADIO, and as the writer/director of the fantabulous short, STELLA’S FLIGHT….MS. COURTENAY HAMEISTER. Hameister will read in tandem with Almond, creating enough juice-y power to light the Red Light District and set your loins ablaze.
If you like to be hypnotized by a masterful handling of the English language and ice blue eyes — then the author of RED WEATHER and soon-to-be released EVEL KNIEVEL DAYS, PAULS TOUTONGHI — will fulfill all your grammar fantasies. He will be reading a passage from the aforementioned EVEL book, as VIVA LAS VEGAS accompanies him with song.
Via deftly written poetry these two hawt charmers proffer the kind of humor that nibbles your eyelashes and relocates your tiny bones. SARAH BARTLETT + EMILY KENDAL FREY co-authored BABY ON THE SAFE SIDE, and Bartlett also co-authored a MULE-SHAPED CLOUD. FREY authored the award-winning poetry collection, THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE. They’ll be reading from their BABY book in tandem. They are on a rampage to put an end to funerial poetry readings — make some noise y’all!
At the last two E4P’s you witnessed your own murder as the incomparable JULIA KOBOS slayed you with her hilarious songs, so we had to bring her back to perform a brand new song! Kobos performed in Chicago with Second City, IO, and The Annoyance Theater + Participated in the 2011 Chicago Improv Festival and the 2009 Del Close Marathon in NY. You should probably be fully stretched out before she sings.
He has MORTIFIED you on several occasions regaling tales of his youth from his haungtingly well-written summers spent in Italy…he’s GREG GASPERIN. Your body will quiver like jelly on a bus seat as you behold this cat-loving young man lay down a brand new bittersweet and hilarious piece he put together just for this show.
A regular at E4P, MR. JASON ROUSE will steal your heart with a brand new video with pal and collaborator B. FRAYN MASTERS. Rouse writes for LIVE WIRE! RADIO, stars in the band CAKE’s MOUSTACHE MAN video, and is a member of the popular sketch group SWEAT. When his hair is slicked back, you can hear doves cry.
As the snazzy producer of E4P and also a regular performer, B. FRAYN MASTERS will saw into your mind with a brand new video with pal and collaborator JASON ROUSE. Master’s is the Host of the storytelling series Back Fence PDX, and was once voted Audience Favorite in an air guitar contest. Something on her body was removed while under sedation.
February 25, 2012 at DISJECTA
with your hosts + SHELLEY MCLENDON & B. FRAYN MASTERS
weird and exciting times from Seattleite EMMETT MONTGOMERY. Stand-up and storyteller who’s performed in BUMBERSHOOT, BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL, and the SASQUATCH FESTIVAL
the Who finally meets Peaches and Herb within sketch comedy enthusiasts Michael Fetters & Shelley McLendon as THE ACES. This is where you’ve seen Michael and Shelley together: ROAD HOUSE: The Play!, and SWEAT. Separately you’ve seen Michael in GRIMM, and in the video for CAKE’s MOUSTACHE MAN, you’ve likely lamped Shelley in The LIBERATOR’s, MORTIFIED, and LIVE WIRE.
vocal synthesizer, sound mimic, beatbox mastermind FOGATRON is gonna blow your mind with the powerful fusion of storytelling and beatbox. He is endorsed by Soy a clothing company out of Seattle, and in 2004 he won the Portland Mercury Pizzaz competition alongside local rapper Manic D. The New York Times calls Fogatron “The Portland legend.”
recipient of Publisher’s Weekly honorable mention for Best Comics of 2011, ARON NELS STEINKE, will narrate a story with delightful visual accompaniment. Aron has published 5 issues of the autobiographical comics series, Big Plans, and has published two early-reader children’s books with Blue Apple Books, The Super Crazy Cat Dance, (2010) and The Super-Duper Dog Park, (2011). Aron’s all-ages graphic novel, Neptune,was selected as a notable book for this year’s Best American Comics published by Houghton Mifflin.
she likes peaches and bourbon and getting hand-written letters in the mail, she’s MINDY NETIFEE. She travels the country with her banged up casio performing poetry for college students, drunks at poetry slams, and people who would rather be out at art galleries and theaters and bars than home watching TV. Her father turned out to be gay, her mother turned out to be a life coach, and she turned out mostly straight, though Marilyn Manson believes she is a lesbian, and if you buy Mindy enough drinks she might tell you why.
bringing his whimsical brand of irreverence is a man, an improviser, the comedian… TYNAN DELONG. He was a finalist for Helium Comedy Club’s “Portland’s Funniest Person” contest, and is a featured performer for MORTIFIED. He hopes to one day land a recurring role on ‘Nash Bridges’ once it comes back from hiatus.
at the last E4P you witnessed your own murder as JULIA KOBOS slayed you with two hilarious songs, so we had to bring her back. Julia performed in Chicago with Second City, IO, and The Annoyance Theater + Participated in the 2011 Chicago Improv Festival and the 2009 Del Close Marathon in NY.
returning as lovable Uncle Peter Rice JASON ROUSE will steal your heart with a brand new video from a little series he created along with pal and collaborator B. Frayn Masters. Jason writes for Live Wire and is a member of the sketch group SWEAT.
returning as the voice of Sue Ellen Pierce B. FRAYN MASTERS will saw into your mind with a brand new video from a little series she created along with pal and collaborator Jason Rouse. B. Frayn is the producer and co-host of the storytelling series Back Fence PDX, appeared in wOOstock 2.0, has written for GGW magazine, McSweeney’s, Hobart, and her handsome husband’s blog.
October 11, 2011 at THE WOODS
BLAKE NELSON, writer of Girl, and Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant adapted it for the movie version) will tell a daring tale filled with the kind of truth-y truthiness that will make you laugh your ass off.
your charming and highly likeable host ARTHUR BRADFORD :: Directed the new Comedy Central South Park Documentary + Writer/Director/Producer of MTV’s How’s Your News? + Author of Dogwalker: Stories (Knopf, 2001) and the upcoming children’s book, Benny’s Brigade (McSweeney’s, 2012).
mighty stand-up that masterfully zig-zags between eclectic and universal from IAN KARMEL :: 2011 Portland’s Funniest Person + Performed at the LA Comedy Store, Helium, and in IFC’s Portlandia + Post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers.
a sketch and video short from B. FRAYN MASTERS & JASON ROUSE :: Masters is the co-host of BACK FENCE PDX, a McSweeney’s contributor, and writes for GGW magazine as Cherry Daniels + Rouse is a member of the popular sketch group SWEAT, a writer for LIVE WIRE!.
a short film from one of Werner Herzog’s favorite students IAN GOLDFARB BERRY :: Director of short-subject documentaries about Swimming Pools, Video Stores, and the Morbidly Obese + Projectionist at Cinema 21
JUNE 23rd, 2011 at THE WOODS in Portland + JUNE 24th 2011 at THEATRE OFF JACKSON in Seattle
::hosting & antics from the mind of New Yorker DAN KENNEDY :: regular host of THE MOTH StorySLAM and MOTH podcast, longstanding contributor at McSWEENEYS.NET, GQ Magazine + author of LOSER GOES FIRST: My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation and ROCK ON: An Office Power Ballad (A London Times Book of the Year, 2008)
:: collaborative genius from Portlanders KEVIN SAMPSELL & LAURA GIBSON :: HE is the author of A COMMON PORNOGRAPHY/CREAMY BULLETS and editor of PORTLAND NOIR + She is a folk singer & songwriter who has toured with the likes of Colin Meloy. Her newest album is called THE BEASTS OF SEASONS.
:: music stylings with visual adornment from Seattleite JOSE BOLD :: Member of the band “AWESOME” + creator of acclaimed off-broadway musical (spoof of Spider-Man) SPIDERMANN:
:: a sketch and a film short from Portlanders B. FRAYN MASTERS & JASON ROUSE :: She is a co-host of BACK FENCE PDX: Portland Storytelling, and contributor to McSWEENEY’s, and GGW Magazine + He is in the Sketch Comedy Groups: SWEAT and THE 3rd FLOOR
APRIL 27th, 2011 at THE WOODS
:: monologue and hosting by the smart and talented San Franciscan, BETH LISICK. Lisick is half of sketch comedy duo CAROLE & MITZI, the NEW YORK times best-selling author of EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL, and star of indie Film EVERYTHING STRANGE and NEW. ::
:: music from the sultry and highly attractive BLIND BARTIMAEUS ::
:: interview and premiere of JOHN BREEN‘s film trailer for THE LAST GARDEN ::
:: southern-fried laughter from RILEY MICHAEL PARKER‘s new WESTERN as read by him & COLLEEN ELIZABETH ROWLEY::
FEBRUARY 23rd, 2011 at THE WOODS
:: a viewing of MATT BORS spicey political cartoons and the hate mail he receives. BORS has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Village Voice, Boston Phoenix, The Daily Beast, Funny Times and he illustrated the graphic novel WAR IS BORING, a ROLLING STONE magazine HOT pick of 2010.
:: kick ass, hilarious and poignant poetry from New Yorker, McSweeney’s and The Believer published poet MATTHEW DICKMAN::
:: a short film from RILEY MICHAEL PARKER creator of the Metazen film JUNIOR PROM ::
OCTOBER 10th, 2010 at THE WOODS
:: readings and laughs from New York Times best-selling author BETH LISICK ::
:: hosted by the sexy and funny poet DERRICK BROWN ::
:: stories and hate mail from beloved Bostonian author of ROCK N ROLL WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE & CANDY FREAK, STEVE ALMOND ::
:: San Francisco storytelling guru and Annie Award Winning Animator, SCOTT KRAVITZ ::
FEBRUARY 25th, 2010 at THE WOODS
:: hilarious true-tales from Los Angeles based performer NATHANIEL BOGGESS’s one man show, THIS IS NOT A DATE ::
:: live DIY demo with host of popular OPB radio show DESTINATION DIY, JULIE SABATIER ::
:: tasty literary bits by our very own B. FRAYN MASTERS ::
SEPTEMBER 10th, 2009 at THE WOODS
:: New York’s own DAN KENNEDY, reading snippets his hilarious books and notes from his GQ Magazine assignment wherein he returned to live with his parents parents for a month ::
:: storyteller and creator of one man show’s SEXYNURD and I WAS A TEENAGE COMMANDO, AuGi ::
:: Beat boxing and sexy talk by Portland’s own FOGATRON ::