20 Years of Improv Comedy


I salute you brainwaves. Twenty years of bringing big laughs to Portland is no small accomplishment and I’m thankful you allowed me to be a small part of those twenty years.

Pioneers of the improv comedy scene in Portland, “brainwaves” turns twenty years old this month. TWENTY! The troupe has gone through numerous cast changes, tried and performed hundreds of different improv forms and now, that they’re almost old enough to drink, their wits have never been sharper.

I know the other improv troupe in town claims to be, “Portland’s longest-running comedy show”, but brainwaves has been doing improv in Portland six years longer than the other troupe. Maybe they mean they have had a regular comedy show running longer than anyone in Portland, but Harvey’s started doing shows a year before they did, so I think the other troupe‘s claim is full of crap.

Sure I’m biased because I’m in brainwaves, but I’m really in awe at the amount of talent the actors in the group have. (I have to run at full speed just to keep up with these people.) I ‘m not just a member; I’m also a huge fan and for my money brainwaves is the best comedy show in Portland.

I’m told Steve Patterson is a fan of the group. I saw him at the show last night and he laughed quite a few times. Of course, if you work for the Blazers you would have to have a good sense of humor.

Brainwaves twenty-year anniversary run is happening tonight and continues Fridays and Saturdays until December 23, at the Coho Theatre starting at 8PM. Tickets are $15.00 at the door and a little cheaper if you make a reservation. (503)-796-9550

If you live in Portland and you haven’t seen brainwaves, what are you waiting for? Don’t you like to laugh and have a good time at a show you help to create?

2 Comments so far

  1. Bibo (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    They got a nice write-up in the O today, too!

  2. Lucy (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

    I am having a hell of a time finding you guys. I thought you had shows every Friday through Dec 23rd. I tried to see your show last Friday, 12/08/06, but could not find the theater. I would like to buy two tickets for some Friday night soon if you are still doing the wonderful sorie.
    I saw Brainwaves two years ago and now want to take a friend who has not seen your show. Please contact me. I also called the phone number and got an automated response; I hate automated responses, I’d rather talk to a real live person.
    Thanks, sincerely, Gripless1@msn.com.

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