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Your guide to the comedians at Sasquatch, from Doug Benson to Leslie Jones and Nick Thune



If you’re anything like the Emerald’s Sasquatch coverage team, you’re jonesin’ for those four days in The Gorge.

And although musicians claim the lion’s share of performances at the festival, there are quite a few funny people making appearances on the El Chupacabra stage.

If you’re looking to catch up on the comedians performing this weekend, check out the list below.

We’ve gathered everything from Netflix standup specials to YouTube and Hulu clips for those of you who want to listen and pretend you’re at Sasquatch. (Just because you didn’t get a ticket doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to laugh your ass off, too.)

Doug Benson

Netflix special: Doug Dynasty

Set time: Monday, 5:05 p.m.

Benson is probably the most well-known comedian in the Sasquatch lineup. He visits Eugene every year for his annual 4/21 Show at the WOW Hall. As you can guess, his main shtick is his recital of his foibles as a stoner. He also had a cameo on Friends as a weirdo whose mom calls Bloomingdale’s “Bloomies.”

Here you can check out one of his sets from the time he performed on Parahoy, a three-day cruise with Paramore (I’m not making that up).

Leslie Jones

Netflix special: Problem Child

Set time: Saturday, 5:05 p.m.

Her main gig right now is Saturday Night Live, where’s she’s known for her Weekend Update monologues on everything from People‘s most beautiful list to men calling women “crazy bitches.” You can watch the latter below. It’s pretty gangster.

Nick Thune

Netflix special: Folk Hero

Set time: Monday, 4:20 p.m.

Thune’s oddly baby-faced for a guy with such a lush beard. But hey, it works. Sometimes he performs with a guitar. Other times, he doesn’t. Here’s one of his appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he jokes about how easy it is to get a medical marijuana card in California and the ensuing shenanigans that follow his first freebie from a dispensary:

Aparna Nancherla

Set time: Sunday, 4:20 p.m.

Self-deprecating anecdotes and phrases are the comedian’s bread and butter. And Nancherla is pretty okay at it. Here’s a bit where she drops gem during an appearance on Conan: “Any pizza can be a personal one if you cry when you eat it.”

Emmett Montgomery

Montgomery is a Seattle-area comic who hails from Utah. Much of his comedy is punctuated by the quirks of life with his wife, a mainstay for comedians for generations. His bits are a fry cry from the Rodney Dangerfield days of “Take my wife, please.” No, the impetus for much of his comedy is “look at the weird shit that keeps happening to us.”

He’s performed in Portland a handful of times for the Blackfence PDX series, where visitors get a prompt that is then spun into a five-minute story. The prompt for this clip? Mistakes were made.

Sara Schaefer

Set time: Monday, 3:50 p.m.

Schaefer’s particular brand of comedy resonates most with people who like to cry at art museums for kicks. Her dry wit and off-beat observations lead her to opine on such things as ridiculous rap lyrics and those advertisements for tiny chocolates for women.

She’s got a good point in this clip: Why are Dove chocolate commercials always a swirl of satin sheets?

Yogi Paliwal

Set time: Saturday, 4 p.m.

From making you realize that 7-Eleven’s logo is a conspiratorial tool to hire minorities to the inherent racism in Baby Boomers’ favorite cartoons, Paliwal nails what he calls his “intellectual absurdity.” His Sketch Fest appearance in 2013 is a master slaying of anyone who’s still in love with the ’90s.

His bit on the weight limits for skydivers is Paliwal at his best. Why is there such a thing as “too fat to fall”?

Ron Funches

Set time: Sunday, 5:05 p.m.

While most comedians are content to rapidly fire off jokes, Funches takes his time, letting the awkward quiet between the setup and punchline build the giggles. He expertly plays off that persona during his set on The Tonight Show. Check out the clip below:

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Eder Campuzano

Eder Campuzano

Eder is the Emerald's director of audience engagement. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, The Statesman Journal and the News-Register in McMinnville. He was also a founding member of the University of Oregon's competitive Pokémon league.