Becky Braunstein

ALASKAN COMEDIAN / PORTLAND COMEDIAN / YOUR FRIEND

Becky Braunstein is a comedian and actor from Alaska, currently based in Portland, Oregon. She has performed at the Big Sky Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, All Jane Comedy Festival, 208 Comedy Fest, Idaho Laugh Fest, Pickathon, & performs this year at Hell Yes Fest & Beast Village Comedy Festival. Host of 'Becky with the Good Jokes'.

Feature story and interview about 'Becky with the Good Jokes' on KPTV Fox 12 Oregon

Electronic Press Kit

Highlighted Credits

Hailing from Alaska, Becky has blown into Portland like a comedy tsunami, with tons of energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm. Her brand of snappy humor has made her a hit at Bridgetown and the All Jane Festival, as well as being an audience favorite the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Fest. She’s clearly the best thing that’s ever come from Alaska. Like, by far.
— The Portland Mercury, September 13, 2017
  • Big Sky Comedy Festival
  • Bridgetown Comedy Festival
  • 2018 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival
  • SF Sketchfest
  • Hell Yes Fest
  • Audible / Rooftop Comedy
  • Beast Village Comedy Festival
  • All Jane Comedy Festival (selected for IFC Comedy Road Tour Showcase)
  • Top 1,000 Comedians of 2017, announced on JASH
  • Portland Mercury's 2017 'Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy'
  • 2017 Willamette Week Funniest Five
  • Top 3 for Best Comedian in Willamette Week's 2017 'Best of Portland'
  • Idaho Laugh Fest
  • 208 Comedy Festival
  • Golden Spike Comedy Festival ('Best of the Fest')
  • Pickathon Festival
  • Siren Nation Festival
  • NW Women's Comedy Festival
  • Hudson Valley Comedy Festival
  • Synesthesia Festival
  • Featured in Helium Comedy Club's 'Best of Portland'
  • Four-time semifinalist in the ‘Portland’s Funniest Person’ competition at Helium Comedy Club
  • Host/Feature at Helium Comedy Club and Harvey's Comedy Club in Portland, OR
  • MC for the ‘Notes of Hope’ benefit show at the Alberta Rose Theater
  • Winner of the first 'Tonight's Funniest' Comedy Competition, 2015
  • Former member of the Scared Scriptless Improv Comedy Troupe in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Winner of the 1997 Alaska State Spelling Bee (no joke, look it up)



Bio

Called a “comedy tsunami”, an “audience favorite”, and “the best thing that’s ever come from Alaska… like, by far” by the Portland Mercury, Becky Braunstein is a fast-rising standout performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She grew up on a mountain in Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and coming close to losing her voice forever - but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up. Becky was an audience favorite at the prestigious Big Sky and Bridgetown Comedy Festivals, was selected to perform in the IFC Showcase at the All Jane Comedy Festival, and has also performed at SF Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, the 208 Comedy Fest, the Beast Village Comedy Festival, Idaho Laugh Fest (where she was called a "hardcore comedy critics' favorite" by the festival's director, who had "never had that kind of feedback from so many people about the same comic"), Pickathon, the Golden Spike Comedy Festival (selected for 'Best of the Fest'), the Siren Nation Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. This year, she also performs at the prestigious Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. Her comedy has been distributed on Audible, for whom she also recorded an audio documentary for a special about SF Sketchfest. Placing in the top 3 for ‘Best Comedian’ in the Willamette Week’s 2017 Best of Portland, and selected for the Portland Mercury's 2017 'Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy', the Willamette Week's 'Funniest Five', as well as Helium Comedy Club’s ‘Best of Portland’, Becky hosts a spectacular monthly comedy show called 'Becky with the Good Jokes' which has included appearances by Matt Braunger, Ian Karmel, Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists, and the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. She studied at the same acting school as Liam Neeson, and has a specific set of skills - which include illustrating #FatAnimals, being able to lip-sync the entirety of ‘Pehla Nasha’ from the 1992 hit Bollywood film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and demolitions.  


Press

Interview feature for the Willamette Week's 2017 Funniest Five issue

http://www.wweek.com/special/2017/11/21/funniest-five-becky-braunstein-came-to-portland-to-cure-her-cancer-stayed-for-her-comedy-career/

 

Splitsider: The Top 1,000 Comedians of 2017 List, announced on JASH

http://splitsider.com/2017/12/zach-broussards-annual-top-1000-comedians-list-is-here-with-the-perfect-twist/

 

Willamette Week 'Get Busy' Featured Event, Cool Kids Deluxe Best-Of Show at the Doug Fir Mainstage

http://www.wweek.com/arts/events-arts/2017/12/20/die-hard-christmas-day-drinking-and-12-other-things-to-do-this-week-in-portland-dec-20-26/

 

Feature story & Interview about 'Becky with the Good Jokes' on Good Day Oregon with Stephanie Kralevich

http://www.kptv.com/clip/13594559/comedian-becky-braunstein-bringing-new-show-to-portlands-funhouse-lounge

 

Feature on the Best of Portland Comedy for the Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy show, Portland Mercury

http://www.portlandmercury.com/comedy/2017/09/13/19313759/the-undisputable-fun-of-the-undisputable-geniuses-of-comedy

 

Results of 2017 Best of Portland (3rd place, Best Comedian) Announced, Willamette Week

http://www.wweek.com/promotions/2017/02/16/best-of-portland-readers-poll-2017/

 

Interview on Good Day Oregon on Fox KPTV about Portland's Funniest Person!

http://www.kptv.com/story/35706476/helium-comedy-club-begins-search-for-portlands-funniest-person

 

Shoutout in the Portland Mercury's Picks for Bridgetown Shows to See

http://www.portlandmercury.com/comedy/2017/05/03/18990593/the-bridgetown-comedy-festival-is-back

 

Full Lineup of 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival Announced - PASTE Magazine

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/full-lineup-for-bridgetown-comedy-festival-announc.html

 

Coverage of the I Anonymous Show - Portland Mercury

http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/03/21/18901424/photos-from-last-nights-i-anonymous-show

 

The Portland Mercury announces the 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival Lineup

http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/03/14/18891776/at-last-some-good-news-your-bridgetown-comedy-festival-lineup-is-here

 

KGW News Live at the Square story about Curious Comedy Theater's New Years Eve Show, with featured clip

http://www.kgw.com/entertainment/television/programs/live-at-7/celebrate-the-new-year-with-the-curious-comedy-new-year-s-extravaganza/380008795

 

Featured post on TriMet's Instagram Roundup for November

http://howweroll.trimet.org/2016/11/30/instagram-roundup-november/

 

Announcement of Top-5 Finalists in the Willamette Week's 2016 'Best of Portland' poll.

http://www.wweek.com/bop2016/

 

Article with featured interview about the All Jane Comedy Festival in The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2016/09/all_jane_comedy_festival.html

 

Article about the 2016 Notes of Hope benefit show in Vortex Music Magazine

http://www.vrtxmag.com/events/161111-notes-of-hope/

 

Article about the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival in New York

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/arts-and-entertainment/20160630/hudson-valley-comedy-festival-continues-july-1-2-in-kingston-saugerties-rhinebeck

 

Interview on KGW's Live at 7 from the Square with Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, promoting the Notes of Hope benefit show, and talking about being a young adult performer with cancer:

Click here for video

 

Article and podcast appearance on Date Nights with Roscoe Myrick:

http://www.datenights.net/2015/06/26/having-a-laugh-with-one-of-portlands-funniest-people-becky-braunstein/

 

“Portland’s Funniest People Pick Portland’s Funniest Things”, a feature in the Willamette Week, 2015:

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-33407-portlands_funniest_people_pick_portlands_funniest_things.html

 

“Allison Does Standup” – an article featuring advice from Becky and several other comedians about performing comedy:

http://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2014/07/14/alison-does-standup-a-beginners-guide-to-open-mic-comedy-kind-of



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