Sunday, July 7, 2024

Laugh or Crash

6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show

$20 in advance, $20 at the door

21 and over

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Laugh or Crash

Laugh or Crash

Tired of traditional comedy shows where you're stuck listening to tired jokes about airplane food? Say goodbye to boredom and hello to Laugh or Crash! Join us for a unique standup comedy game show where there are no winners, only one big loser.

Hosted by Aodhan Hammond-McGlynn, Laugh or Crash pits five comedians against each other in a battle to avoid collapsing the Column of Comedy (Jenga Tower). While the rest of the comedians form a panel with a buzzer at their disposal, each contestant takes the stage, armed with their best jokes, as they attempt to appease the gods of comedy. But beware - if a joke bombs, the crowd reacts negatively, or for any reason picked by the panel; the comedian must remove a block from the tower. The comedian with the most blocks pulled by the end of the night, or the unfortunate soul who causes the tower to collapse, faces punishments ranging from impromptu opera performances to wearing ridiculous costumes.

But that's not all - hidden within the tower are secret blocks containing punishments related to the failed joke's punchline, adding an extra layer of hilarity to the proceedings.

Aodhan Hammond-McGlynn is originally from Portland's Taint or as it's called locally, ‘Eugene'. After moving here to go to school, he reached a low point and decided to try Standup Comedy and has subsequently reached much lower points over the past year and a half with the help of it.

While he does enjoy doing traditional comedy, he recently has fallen in love with leaning more towards riffing which is where the idea for Laugh or Crash came to be. While playing Jenga by himself on a stormy eve he thought, "What if I could get all of my favorite people in comedy on one stage and then make them riff with me by pressing an obnoxiously loud buzzer" Thus magic was made.

Every month, Aodhan curates a lineup of Portland's finest comedic talent, ensuring that each show is an evening of laughter and entertainment. But remember, this show wouldn't be possible without you, the audience! Your laughs aren't just for boosting egos - they're an essential part of the game.

Don't miss out on one of the most exciting comedy shows in town. Come be a part of the fun and experience Laugh or Crash for yourself!



About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this venue named for Al Winter, Portland's 1940's gambling overlord. Enjoy a craft libation in this intimate, speakeasy-style space where live music and comedy fill the air.

Wednesday & Thursday, 3-10pm
Friday & Saturday, 3pm-1am
Sunday, 3-10pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Happy Hour drinks served 11am-5pm
Happy Hour food served 2-5pm and 10pm-close

Late night happy hour on Friday & Saturday served 11pm-1am
(21 and over only after 5 pm)


Afternoon & Bar   Dinner   Late Night   Beverage   Sidewalk Cocktails

The menu features local ingredients, house-baked breads, desserts and pastries from the Crystal Bakery, a specialty cocktail menu and an affordable yet approachable wine list, while a well-trained waitstaff provides a comfortable and welcoming guest experience. No reservations are necessary; stop by for a quick business lunch, a pre-show drink or an evening date night.

Explore the Crystal Blocks

Our Crystal Hotel and legendary Crystal Ballroom are just across the street from each other, each offering their own unique spaces for live music, Northwest style fare and McMenamins hand crafted beverages.  Explore these properties and all they have to offer. 

*Get 15% off room rates at Crystal Hotel, Sunday through Thursday with a ticket purchase. (Must mention at time of booking, must verify ticket at check in for discount) *restrictions apply. 

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