Comedian Bri Pruett is widely considered to be one of the funniest people in Portland.
She’s also seen as a leader in Portland’s stand-up comedian community.
Pruett sat down with OPB’s Weekend Edition Host John Sepulvado.
She spoke about why stand-up comedy is economically better than being in a band. “My boyfriend is in a band and he has to pay out a whole band, and it’s a real bummer,” Pruett says. “And I’m glad to be light traveling, and doing whatever I want.”
Pruett also spoke about what she calls “the female comedy mafia” in Portland.
“The best shows in this city are run by women,” Pruett says. “And those women talk to each other. And if someone does something upsetting or misogynistic or transphobic or homophobic or racist, we talk about it.”
The comedian also spoke about the difference between joking about someone and picking on people.
“If someone came to me after a show and said, ‘hey, you really hurt my feelings with that joke,’” Pruett says. “I would absolutely look at my material and examine why that happened and be thoughtful about it. And I would hope that all artists would be that way, but I know that that’s not the case.”