Give these women all of your ticket sales. From the top left: Caroline Bassett, Karinda Dobbins, Rebecca O'Neal, Rhiannon Archer, a cute cat, Kiran Deol, and Eliza Skinner. (Photos via Twitter and Facebook.)
This past weekend, Portland was overrun with an influx of comedians from around the country for the seventh annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
As of late, I have had a lot of exposure to stand-up comedy. I have always been intrigued by this art, since I appreciate a good healthy dose of wit and I grew up watching Paula Poundstone, Lisa Lampenelli and Margaret Cho. I even toyed with the idea of trying to perform at one of these events, since I feel like I am funnier than I actually am. Since moving to Portland, I have attended countless open mics and performances and guess what: a lot of male comics still use "bitchy" women, double standards about beauty and the like and menstruation when it comes to their material ("Periods...I mean right?"). A friend of mine is also one of the only female comics I have seen on a regular basis at these open mics, which is why when I heard that the second annual Bridgetown ComedyFestival was starting today, and was being headlined by the iconic and sharp-as-a-tack Janeane Garofalo, I swooned hard. Read more after the jump!