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!