Hello and welcome to All Jane with Andie Main! I’m a local comedian
who you may know from that one time you went to a bar with your
friends to have a nice drink and a chat and then holy shit there’s a
comedy show happening, so you went to the patio.
I’m in my 3rd All Jane No Dick Festival, and I thought I would share
my experiences with you this year while I participate as a member of
the audience, as a comedian and a brunch enthusiast„ because i’m
sorry about that one divebar comedy show that interupted your hang-out
So, Wednesday night was the Local All Stars showcase, at Helium. We
got to see a long set from Kristine Levine and Kyle Mizono and it was
delightful. Caitlin Weierhauser hosted it, who’s a new comic but has
developed super quickly because she has a killer work ethic. I think
my personal favorite set was from Veronica Heath, (who’s been in
Portlandia, and is going to be touring with Todd Berry soon) She has a
super unique voice which is a mix of fragility and bravery that is
very affecting to me.
Wednesday night was also when that idiot who was going to protest All
Jane (because the term “No Dick” hurt his straight white male
feelings) was supposed to show up. This guy had even ripped down
posters on Alberta and put his own poorly photoshopped satirical
posters up, and called for a protest on Craig’s List. Things got
sinister and actually a little scary when Men’s Rights Activists
started manifesto-ing in the comments section of the interview that
Amy Miller did with him, and it was a giant stupid bummer for a lot of
us. We want this festival to be a celebration, not a protest. But
then, on the night that he was supposed to “express his angst” he
wrote on facebook that he was no longer going to protest the festival
because he was being threatened too much.
I think what that this guy was specifically threatened by was the idea
that if you don’t know all of the facts before you take extremely
public action, which then validates the entire point of the thing you
are protesting, thus making it the most ironic spectancle that
Portland has ever known, you end up too embarassed to show your stupid
asshole face for thing you had planned. Also, he actually said in the
post he couldn’t find a good costume to cover up his stupid asshole
face. I was slightly hesitant to even bring it up in this blog,
because he was such a waste of time… but i really feel like his
final act of cowardice us all closure. Snarky and unintentionally
Also, I brought up this idiot because he showed me how many allies we
have in our community. Reading all of the support from professional
comedians, like Matt Braugner, James Adomian and Ian Karmel was
incredibly touching to me. I will always be able to think of how
wonderful it is to know that there are important and inspiring people
out there who do give a shit, whenver i come across another Men’s
Rights Activist again.
Last night was just a blast. I met up with Virginia Jones, Danielle
Radford and Rye Silverman and we all chatted about our experiences as
comedians who have been “othered” by the industry for various reasons.
We wrote out an interview in my notebook, WHICH IS MISSING, but i
think i know where i left it, so hopefully we’ll have that uploaded to
the blog soon.
I hosted the All Jane edition of Picture This, which is a show where
artists draw the comedians jokes as they are projected behind them. I
was pretty nervous because the line up of comedians on it were fucking
stellar, and I just didnt want anything to go wrong. We had Sara
Schaefer, who i had recently seen on @midnight, and her wit was so
smart and biting that I was sort equally intimidated but also really
honored to be on a show with her. We also had Kara Klenk and Brooke
Van Poppelin, who are both based in NYC.
It was a funny coincidence because I had made a trip to NYC in May,
and Brooke and Kara were both able to put me on their shows when I was
out there. And then, 6 months later, we were all on the same showcase
in Portland? That’s the kind of stuff I love about networking and
The show went wonderfully. We had my sister Carolyn Main who also does
Mercury art from time to time, along with Cat Farris and Lucy Bellwood
of Periscope Studio. They had to work their asses off to keep up with
the comedians, and also be able to draw their own jokes to add to the
experience. It’s a very difficult and brave thing to do, and they just
Then I went to the after party and felt a massive sense of relief. A
boozy and exhausted sense of relief mixed with complete admiration for
what Stacey Hallal, Charlene Conley and many other volunteers and
producers have been able to pull off. Sold out shows, fucking
hilarious performances and a festival atmosphere which is building a
community and partnership of talented and kind people.
Now i’m gonna nap, and catch the shows tonight. They’re both at
Curious and I get to see Sara Scheafer and Aparna Nancherla. It’s also
my birthday, so I’m pretty sure I could not have picked a better
present for myself.
SeaWorld could be in trouble because of “Granny,” the world’s oldest known living orca. The 103-year-old whale (also known as J2) was recently spotted off Canada’s western coast with her pod — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.
First of all, SeaWorld has claimed that “no one knows for sure how long killer whales live,” when simple figures or even living and thriving examples — like Granny — can give us a pretty good idea. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation project estimates that whales born in captivity only live to 4.5 years old, on average; many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s. Perhaps because of their reduced lifespans, the whales are forced to breed continuously and at perilously young ages, which could also diminish their overall health.
Another key aspect of an orca’s life — which is missing in captivity — is the ability to swim up to 100 miles per day. When Granny was spotted earlier this week, she had just finished an 800-mile trek from northern California along with her pod. According to animal welfare advocates, long-distance swimming is integral to orcas’ psychological health and well-being; SeaWorld, however, has gone on record claiming that orcas do not need to swim hundreds of miles regularly, ostensibly to defend the parks’ cruel practice of keeping massive, powerful orcas confined to cramped tanks.
Since Granny was first spotted (as early as the 1930s), she’s believed to have mothered two calves, who in turn have had calves of their own. (One of her grandchildren, Canuck, reportedly died at the age of 4 after being captured and held at SeaWorld). As her pod has grown, Granny has kept up with them — without being separated through human intervention — and traveled astonishing distances with her pod annually. Orcas at SeaWorld are routinely separated from their pods, which has been known to cause huge mental and emotional strain and can prevent calves from developing normally.
Granny doesn’t simply represent an impressive feat of nature; she embodies what’s wrong with SeaWorld by being a living example of what’s right in the wild. While it’s true that most wild orcas don’t live as long as Granny has, their lifespans are still dramatically longer than those of SeaWorld’s whales (the NOAA estimates that wild female orcas, like Granny, live an average of 50 to 60 years). Their lives are also filled with much more swimming, exploration, variety and bonding with family — in other words, their lives are likely filled with much more joy.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity — despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.
Scott and Andie’s Brunchtime Friendship Bridgetown Blog! Final Fourth Day! WITH APARNA NANCHERLA, and whimsy.
Scott and Andie’s Brunchtime Friendship Bridgetown Blog! Day 3! We are so tired please send help!