As a member of the improv comedy scene here in Portland, I agree with the studio guests. The media here refuses to cover comedy. Did you know that the ComedySportz World Championships were held here last summer? If you did, you are either a regular follower of ComedySportz or you may have seen one of the tiny blurbs that were printed in the local papers.
Improv comedy thrives here with 3 successful improv-centric theaters, but without the media support in the community, we depend on word-of-mouth. When they have covered comedy in the past, the Willamette Week and Mercury often have used critics who admit to hating improv or standup. Even when they do like a standup comedian, they seem to prefer comedians who have niche, rather than broad, appeal. As a former standup who did not succeed because I didn't use broad appeal, I think that these papers don't get it.
Portland has exported many excellent improvisors to Chicago, the improv Mecca (Second City, IO Theater and Annoyance Theater all reside there). These fine comedians do successfully represent the fact that Portland has a superb sense of humor.
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