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What's Happening at North Portland's Curious Comedy Theater

Doing Good with Comedy

Curious Comedy Theater, located just around the corner from Old Town Brewing on NE MLK, is a non-profit organization with a mission of improving the lives of others through the art of comedy. The theater specializes in improv and sketch comedy, and offers a diverse and ever-changing roster of shows, with an average of 6-7 shows per week. Visitors that come for the comedy will be happy to find that the atmosphere inside the theater is intimate and thoughtfully arranged, with tables and chairs where guests can enjoy snacks and beverages during the show. 

Shows and Events

Among the theaters most popular events is the Curious Comedy Showdown, a showdown of comedy talents in which six performers receive points based on applause from the audience. Only one performer can win! Curious Comedy Showdowns occur every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM. Other popular features include include Revolution Comedy, a social justice fueled comedy night, and Open Court, an open mic style improv night where anyone is welcome to join in the fun. 


If you're interested in learning the art of improv comedy, but not quite confident enough to jump into an Open Court show, consider taking one of the many comedy classes offered by Curious Comedy. The programs are fully accessible to all members of the community, with many of the classes offered for free and financial aid and internship programs available to help cover costs for the more advanced classes. Learn more about Curious Comedy's free improv classes here.


Looking for a location to host your next big event? The theater can help with that, too. Offering catering, a full bar and kitchen, projector and screen, and even private shows, the venue is fully equipped to handle all sizes of events, from weddings to business meetings. Learn more about using the theater as an event space here.

Experience the Theater for Yourself

If you haven't experienced the joy of taking part in a comedy performance by shouting out topics for the performers to improvise off of, now is the perfect opportunity. To learn more about attending a show or class from Curious Comedy Theater, visit their website.