Photo Credit: COURTESY OF BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL - Noted joke writer Emo Philips appears at The Bossanova Ballroom on Aug. 23.Jay Leno reportedly considers Emo Philips “the best joke writer in America,” but you can judge for yourself when Philips headlines a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in The Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St.

Brought to you by the same folks who put on Portland’s annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the show also will feature Scott Losse and David Gborie and will be hosted by the ever-popular Amy Miller.

Philips has performed more than 6,000 times throughout the English-speaking world, has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, both in America and in the United Kingdom. He has appeared in films (most notably as the table-saw demonstrator in “UHF”) and has lent his distinctive voice to such animated TV shows as “Slacker Cats,” “Doctor Katz,” “Adventure Time,” and “Home Movies.”

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