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Comedy and music share stage in Portland

Comedian Nick Thune uses music and creates characters to tell stories as part of his stand-up act. It’s not that far off from what a singer-songwriter does – creating characters to tell musical stories.

That’s why Thune’s current tour with singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, dubbed Sad Music, Sad Comedy, makes sense. They’re both telling stories in their own way, engaging with the audience. Plus, Thune believes the tour gives the audience the experience of attending an old-fashioned variety show, where they get music and comedy, laughs and sighs, all in one place. Thune and Jurado will bring their tour to Space Gallery in Portland on Jan. 22.


WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 22

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25 in advance, $28 day of show, all ages.


“I think putting on a variety show with multiple aspects is a lost art, and people love it,” said Thune, 40.

Comedian Nick Thune will appear at Space Gallery in Portland on Jan. 22. Photo courtesy of Loshak PR

Thune is coming to Portland just months after he filmed a new romantic comedy TV show called “Love Life” with Portland native Anna Kendrick.” The series charts the love life of a young woman, played by Kendrick, through various periods, with Thune playing her boyfriend in several episodes. The series, which Kendrick is also producing, is scheduled to become available on HBO sometime in the first half of this year.

Thune said Kendrick was great to work with, and as producer, she had input into

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