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Local Live Comedy More Popular Than Ever



What's so funny about Bend?

Plenty, as it turns out, with the comedy calendar here getting increasingly crowded. Some weeks, you can find as many as six separate, locally-produced stand-up shows. That doesn't even count special events such as Louie Anderson and Jake Woodmansee's recent Tower Theater appearance, or the variety of comedy "improv" shows.

A typical comedy week in Bend might include Monday at the Northside Bar & Grill, Tuesday and Friday at Seven Restaurant & Nightclub, Wednesday at the Tin Pan Theater (and occasionally The Capitol) and Thursday at The Summit Saloon (produced by Woodmansee's Central Oregon Comedy Scene).

"The comedy scene here is exploding with amazing talent," says producer/comedian Katy Ipock, who just launched her own company, Ipockalyptic Productions. "I'm excited to use my organizational and event planning skills to help give these local all-stars more chances to shine."

Longtime Bend Comedy producer Ryan Traughber agrees it's an exciting time to be a comedian in Central Oregon. "I'm always looking for fresh new voices, and that's why I have committed so much time and energy to our Tuesday open mic night [at Seven]. Open mics are vital to keeping the scene healthy."

Alex Elkin & Katy Ipock

2nd Street Theater

220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend

Friday, June 9th, 8pm

$12 advance/$15 door

Fermentation Celebration comes to the Old Mill

Fermentation (noun): The process involved in the making of beer, wine and liquor in which sugars are converted to ethyl alcohol.

Leave it to Bend to turn science into a party. The Old Mill District's Fermentation Celebration may not increase your knowledge of chemistry, but it's still promises to be a lot of fun. Featured drinks available during the one-night festival include your fermented favorites: beer, wine and kombucha.

Around 30 local breweries and cider makers are scheduled to participate. Also, live bands will be busking around the site.

Fermentation Celebration

Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend

Thursday, June 8, 4-10pm

Free entry. Drink package $20

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