Jordan’s Bday Bash – Show Notes

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We all know which birthdays are symbolically important, and will be remembered for those reasons. 13 is your bar mitzvah, 16 you can drive (NOT ME THOUGH), 18 you can vote, and 21 you can drink. From there it seems like year and year is mostly just leading you to 30, 40, 50, etc. That’s what made Tuesday July 7, 2015 so special for me. It was my 26th birthday.

I was under orders to stay away from Dante’s until 10:30PM, so I met up with my friends John and Sue (sponsors, producers, and art department extraordinaire power couple) for a beer an hour before showtime. I had a few beers then was in the door at Dante’s shortly before the host of Who’s The Ross? (Aaron Ross) hit the stage.

The first thing that really felt different about the show was the view. I never sit in the audience, so it was sort of surreal. The stage looks a lot bigger, and all the graphics and streamers and signs really fill out the show and make it all look more authentic. During the monologue (which I wrote nothing of, which is more surreality) I was called on stage. From there it’s all a wonderful, friendship filled, funny blur.

We saw what Who’s The Ross? would look like without the presence of yours truly. Some of the characters I’ve played over the years made appearances, including Hack Nicholson, Bulk Hogan, Rob Ford, Johnny Cash, and The Gluten FREEk!There was a dating game (sponsored by the lovely Nuestra Cocina), an amazing musical performance from (my close friend and one of the best local acts in Portland) Nature Thief, various lap dances, and a surprise reunion set from my rap group Hoyt Latte.

I didn’t know any of this would happen, and it was such a special feeling. To know how much the people you care about and love value you is an overpowering piece of knowledge. My friends really love me, and I really love them.

-Jordan Paladino

Post Thumbnail by Tom Chamberlain

Show Photos by Brian Whitney

4th of July Spectacular – Show Notes

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We all see what’s on the stage, that’s the point of the show. What the audience doesn’t see is what happens behind the curtain. The greenroom at “Who’s The Ross?” is perhaps the most fascinating locale in Portland. Where else are you going to see actors, writers, dancers, makeup artists, artists, and musicians scurry together towards the same thing? A collective with an identical goal. In one corner THEM! THE BAND! are figuring out how to play “Firework” by Katy Perry, in another corner Aaron is getting his makeup done by the lovely (birthday girl!) Sara Brown, John Paul is pasting white paper over the photocopied faces of The Decemberists, and Andy and I are coming up with a five minute sketch piece for Mayor McCheese and Guy Fieri to fill in for the late scratched Vancouver mayor, Tim Leavitt.

Sure some things don’t always go right, but when you’re doing a live show and there’s some 15 or so moving parts, something will go wrong, it’s (Eddie) Murphy’s Law. A good show leaves you with a very fulfilled feeling, and Tuesday’s show definitely had that. From the minute the audience sang along with (in my opinion the greatest song of all time) “The Star Spangled Banner”, I knew we were on to something special.

The guests were all great too. Eyelids brought an energy and level of professionalism to their musical set and interview that only a couple of seasoned vets could. Radical Russ Belville and his infinite marijuana knowledge are always appreciated and welcome. I’m happy to see his hard work pay off, and I’m happy to see the Who’s The Ross? crew’s hard work pay off too.

-Jordan Paladino

All photos by Tom Chamberlain: