ASTORIA — Stand-up comedy comes to the Labor Temple Bar with another night of Cheap Whiskey and Dirty Jokes 8 p.m. Friday, May 18. There is a $5 cover for this show. Only people 21 and older may attend.
A monthly event with rotating hosts, May’s event promises to be one of the best yet. Host Gideon For-Mukwai has assembled an all-star lineup with headliner Alex Falcone and featuring Anthony Lopez, Mohaned Elshieky and Katie Nguyen.
Lopez is a Portland staple. He was last year’s runner up in Portland’s Funniest Person and is a regular at Helium Comedy Club.
Elshieky is a comedian from Portland who grew up in Benghazi, Libya. He was named one of the Portland Mercury’s Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy and has appeared on the Lovett or Leave It podcast.
Nguyen has appeared at numerous festivals including Bridgetown, Sketchfest and 10K Laughs. She was named of one the original Undisputable Geniuses of Portland Comedy by the Portland Mercury.
Falcone is a comedian and writer living in Portland. He has appeared on the IFC show “Portlandia” a handful of times, at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and was named one of Portland’s Funniest Five by Willamette Week. He also wrote a young adult romance novel called “Unwrap My Heart” about a girl who falls in love with a sexy mummy. Publisher’s Weekly called it “unfortunate.” And one time, Salt & Straw even named an ice cream flavor after Falcone (“Chocolate and Falcognac”), and it was delicious.
Despite these accomplishments, the comic has somehow remained totally down-to-earth and approachable.