The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland Oregon begins on Thursday April 12th, and runs through Sunday April 15th. People can buy tickets to individual shows, or buy one of the two remaining festival pass options- Standard for $75 or Deluxe for $96. (The Deluxe pass also gets you into Helium Comedy Club shows.)

Bridgetown 2012 will showcase some of the best comics you know and love, and many amazing comics who haven’t yet reached a national audience. Some of the names you already know: Todd Barry, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Matt Besser  – the list goes on. Check out the performers page to see the ever-growing list. Many of Seattle’s funny people will be representing at Bridgetown as well: Emmett Montgomery, Barbara Holm, Bryan Cook, The Entertainment Show (Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke), and Mike Drucker to name a few.

Now in addition to the list of performers, there is a posted schedule of events. Now is a good time to start planning your festival experience. Chances are you’ll get the opportunity to see your favorite comics perform on more than one stage. There are lots of shows populated with lots of talent.

The festival is in its fifth year, and in that time it has earned its reputation as one of North America’s premier comedy festivals. Some say it’s the best. The venues are close together in Southeast Portland’s Hawthorne District. There are 500 seat rooms, and oddball performance spaces where you’ll see the whites of the comic’s eyes, and everything in-between. There will be panels for shows like Adult Swim’s Eagleheart, live taping of many a podcast, sketch, stand-up – you name it. While you’re there you’ll want to sample Portland’s abundant and diverse street food. Get something savory in a waffle cone, and see enough comedy in one weekend to keep you laughing for months.

Here’s some highlights from 2008

Be sure to check back for CultureMob’s coverage of Bridgetown with reports and updates from the festival starting in a little over a week.

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