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Last Tuesday Standing: Monday Edition w/ Susan Rice & Becky Braunstein

Monthly comedy at Fremont Theater, hosted by Jeremiah Coughlan. 

In 1983 comedy was just beginning in Portland OR. Susan Rice was a classically trained actress working a $3.85 an hour job at a bank and hating every minute of it. Her only creative outlet was her bus rides to and from work. There she would engage and make people laugh. She was in the process of writing her one woman show and needed an audience. She was coming to end of her bus pass life when a notice in the local arts paper captured her eye.” OPEN MIC. Comedians wanted. “ This sounded like the perfect venue to work out her material. On March 16TH 1983 she stepped on the stage of the Leaky Roof Tavern and never looked back. For over 34 years Susan’s comedy life has taken her all over the country & the world. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles CA but for the last almost 20 years Rice has lived and performed in Portland OR and her native Pacific NW. Stretching out her talents from Maine to New Mexico- from California to Canada she has made her job a lifestyle. Her most recent credit was on Portlandia for IFC. She has been seen on HBO’s Comedy Festival Caesars Palace, Comedy Central, ABC & CBS. She was voted Portland Oregon’s Funniest Person by the Willamette week and her peers and patrons in 2015. Although she loves doing club and corporate work Rice is most glad of her ability to help raise money for her causes she believes in. Losing dear friends to Pancreatic Cancer and Ovarian Cancer spurred Rice on to help these organizations and families who suffer. Her humor is familiar. If you had a relative that everyone was happy to see show up but no one wanted to drive home? That’s Susan Rice. She is always a surprise. No one expects her to be the entertainment. It is usually assumed when performing in an actual club that she might be there looking for a runaway granddaughter. She is everyone’s crazy auntie and she loves the connection.

Called a “hardcore comedy critics’ favorite” at the Idaho Laugh Fest by the festival’s director Megan Bryant, who “never had that kind of feedback before from so many people about the same comic,” Becky Braunstein is a rising standout performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She grew up on a mountain in Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and coming close to losing her voice forever - but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up. Becky was an audience favorite at the prestigious 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival, was selected for 'Best of the Fest' at the 2017 Golden Spike Comedy Festival, and has also performed at the 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival, the Idaho Laugh Fest, Pickathon, the Siren Nation Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. A finalist for ‘Best Comedian’ in the Willamette Week’s 2016 & 2017 Best of Portland, and selected for Helium Comedy Club’s ‘Best of Portland’, she performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club, Harvey’s Comedy Club, and Curious Comedy Theater. She studied at the same acting school as Liam Neeson, and has a specific set of skills - which include illustrating #FatAnimals, being able to lip-sync the entirety of ‘Pehla Nasha’ from the 1992 hit Bollywood film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and demolitions.

Earlier Event: July 30
TRIVIA at Fremont Theater
Later Event: August 2
Alan Jones Sextet