The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the closure of most traditional venues for stand-up comedy across the country, including bars, clubs, theaters, and all of PNW Comedy’s event locations. But with millions of vaccinations being distributed in every state, it’s time to bring the laughs back folks ready to get safely back out in public and laugh responsibly.
How do we do this? By putting on socially distant and covid compliant shows at our venues that are open and welcoming customers back in; PNW Comedy respects and follows all local public health mandates, asks that all customers respect the space of other patrons at the show, begs you to not come to shows when you’re not feeling well, and asks that attendees wear their masks when appropriate when at an event.
This is an exciting time for PNW Comedy! We’ve brought back our Mac Market show in McMinnville and we will be expanding on our previous Sci-Fi Riff Shows that we’ve put on during past McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival with our good friends over at The Reel Hollywood Video. For more info on these projects, and the 2021 Western Oregon Comedy Competition, check out PNWcomedy.com in the coming weeks. Also, for comics wanting to submit their materials for the 5th year of the WOCC, info will be available May 1st.
As you well know, PNW Comedy has had to cease nearly all operations in order to fully comply with the governor of Oregon’s social distancing order. And while this was difficult, we know that taking this break away from the public is the right thing to do in order to make sure everyone has the ability to come out to a show when it is fully safe.
But, that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make comedy things happen in the meantime! Before COVID, August was when the Oregon Comedy Competition was going to swing into full gear; we had planned seven shows across the state in Bend, McMinnville, Medford, Forest Grove/Hillsboro, Portland, and Eugene. Unfortunately, live shows in these cities will not go on as planned. But! We have the next best thing planned… LIVE ONLINE SHOWS with real audiences!
PNW Comedy is happy to announce that the Oregon Comedy Competition this year will be all online and will have a Grand Prize of $600. As always, there will be NO SUBMISSION FESS and the winner will be chosen by the audience!
And how is PNW Comedy doing this? We’re partnering with one of the top Facebook comedy networks to distribute this competition online across the nation… and the world! Submissions open August 1st with more news to come in the following days.
Thanks for supporting live comedy and we’ll see you all soon with some jokes!
Get ready for Oregon’s favorite comedy contest! The Western Oregon Comedy Competition gets started this week with TWO events! One on Friday, March 6th at 8 PM in Forest Grove at the amazing Diversity Club & Cafe. And the other, on Saturday, March 7th at 9 PM in McMinnville at The Mac Club!
This year’s WOCC is bigger and better than ever before! With five shows at four venues in three different, two different rounds will decide the one ultimate winner! And the best part? You, the audience, get to decide which of the nearly 40 comics walk away with the $500 cash prize, glory, and future bookings!
Interested in seeing a show? Here are the times and ticket links to the four First Round events.
The Finals of the WOCC will happen in April at Mac Market’s Big Stage in McMinnville. Those voted into the final round will have ten minutes to dazzle to the crowd!