Undisputedly Funny! Live Stand-Up Comedy with Headliner Honest John

Def Comedy Jam and BET Comic View Legend, Honest John, will be Headlining a rare Portland show on Friday, December 6th, and we'll have the best seats in the house! 

Comedian-Owned and Operated Status Dropout Entertainment is bringing Los Angeles-based Comedian/Actor Honest John to the Northwest for three nights only with the sole PDX show taking place in Northeast Portland's spacious and friendly Spare Room Restaurant and Lounge.

Undisputedly Funny with Headliner Honest John Features Todd Armstrong, who has performed at Comedy clubs all over the country, (As well as Harvey's and Helium) and was a part of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.  You can read his Bio here.

Hosted by Scott Von Wald

Come Laugh With Us at this Very Special Event!

Honest John's Bio:

In June of 1987, John Basinger was working as a nurse and heading into a predictable middle age. Maybe it was a mid-life crisis that caused him to take the name Honest John and start running around Los Angeles telling jokes.

“I just went anywhere I could get on stage,” he recalls, “clubs, coffeehouses, bars, restaurants, anywhere I could get up. After a while I was like a fanatic, I just couldn’t do it enough. I knew that this is what I was meant to do.” Then one Thursday night, a comedian named Gerald McQuirter invited him to an open mic at the Comedy Act Theater, one of the foremost black venues in the country.

“Actually, he dragged me along with him, just called me up and said, ‘Saddle up, John, we’re going,’ and I got up and slammed.” Soon, Honest John became a fixture on the black circuit in the Los Angeles area. “People would come up to me on the street and ask where I was going to perform next. It blew my mind.”

Triumphant appearances on BET's Comicview, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and Showtime at the Apollo introduced him to fans all across the country, leading to appearances at clubs and theaters nationwide and a two year run on the Def Comedy Jam tour. He has also done many military tours in places as far away as Korea, Okinawa, and Japan.

He has guest starred on The Jamie Foxx Show, The Lyricist Lounge Show, and Showtime in Harlem. He can also be seen in films like The Wash, For da Love of Money, Foolish, and other urban comedies.

As for the future, Honest John says he’s working on a comedy special and would like to do more acting.

Cover for this show is only $10 night-of-show.  Doors open at 8:30 pm with the show beginning around 9:30.  This event is 21+ with valid ID.  Parking is off-street and free of charge.

I gotta add that I really like the venue for this show.  It's one of my favorite Portland hangouts.  A quick Google search shows me that I am not alone there...

What the Press Says About The Spare Room Restaurant and Lounge:

The Mercury:
"Bars that will still be here in 2113"  Feb. 2013

Oregon Live:
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One commenter says:
"The Spare Room is an up and coming music venue in Northeast Portland which is ironic since it has been around forever. Pros: Great stage, Dance Floor, ample tables and elbow room"  Apr. 2013
Another commenter says:
"This lounge keeps it REAL. Unpretentious and a good time for all." Jul. 2012

Willamette Week:
Drink 2010
"For the past year, I have been privileged to live within stumbling distance of the best bar in Portland. I have used the Spare Room for first dates, ostensible business meetings, actual business meetings, afterparties, sports viewing and smoke breaks with a former mayoral candidate."

Drink 2009
"This longtime Northeast Portland dive is the black hole of hip. And I mean that in the best way possible."

Let's show some Love for a local business that is doing their thang...and doing it well!
See you there!

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  • Eric

    Ended up in a deep talk and made the call to stay with my friend. Sorry I missed it. Hope to go to another one soon.

    December 7, 2013

  • Billie Jean R.

    Had a good time! Honest John was funny! Thanks!

    December 7, 2013

  • Frannie

    Can't make tonight because of work but hope you have more and more

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Christina B.

      Bummer. Gotta make that money, though!
      We have another NE Portland Meetup coming up this Tuesday at Alberta Street Pub. Maybe we'll see you there. :)

      December 6, 2013

    • Christina B.

      Oh, and there WILL be more after that. No worries!

      December 6, 2013

  • Eric

    Wow! This meetup has gotten popular. Went to one a long time ago somewhere off Powell that was a good time. Glad the meetup is going strong. Nice work Christina.

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Christina B.

      Thank You for the kind words, Eric! See you again tonight at the Spare Room. Can't wait!

      December 6, 2013

  • Billie Jean R.

    Rsvp'd two people but getting over cold so may or may not come depending on energy level. Sounds fun though. One question. We wouldn't get there until about 9:40pm. Do you know the duration of the show? The lady on the phone told me three hours but that doesn't seem correct. I wanted to know if it was worth it if we were late. Thanks a bunch!

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Christina B.

      Thanks for the heads-up, Billie. You are always awesome about that, and I appreciate it. The show will most likely start at about 9:30 and run about an hour and 45. (The gal on the phone was probably counting when doors open/seating as show time too, but the actual show's running time will be shorter than that projection)

      December 6, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Any cover for this one?

    November 3, 2013

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