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Bridgetown Comedy Festival

• When: Thursday to Sunday, May 8-11.

• Festival venues are focused in Southeast Portland, include the Alhambra Theater, Bossanova Ballroom, White Owl Social Club and Doug Fir, in addition to smaller, more informal performance spaces.

• Ticket and performance info at bridgetowncomedy.com.

• This year's lineup includes Comedy Central star and Twitter prankster Nathan

Fielder (“Nathan for You”) and alt-comedy favorite and master impressionist

James Adomian.

• Two shows titled Baron Vaughn & Friends showcase the best young black comedians in the nation.

• The Show That Dare Not Speak Its Name, curated by James Adomian, showcases the best young queer comedians in the nation.

• Reggie Watts, who blends improvised music with comedy and serves as the one-man “house band” on IFC’s "Comedy Bang! Bang!," will perform multiple shows.

• Paul F. Tompkins will bring book-smart comedy in the form of The Dead Authors Podcast, a live show featuring impressions of literary icons.

• Emo Phillips will grace numerous Portland stages.

• W. Kamau Bell will bring his blend of social commentary and comedy to several shows, in addition to stand-ups who were staff writers on "Totally Biased," including Hari Kondabolu, Eliza Skinner, Aparna Nancherla, and Janine Brito.

• A special showcase, Voodoo Doughnut Recordings Presents Ian and Nathan and Friends, will celebrate the release of a 7-inch record featuring sets from Portland-bred favorites Ian Karmel and Nathan Brannon.