So two condors and a lion walk into a bar… Zoo to host comedy night

Zoo comedy night will benefit Portland Audubon and a Tanzanian carnivore project

Cackling geese, laughing hyenas and hard-to-amuse humans all stand to benefit from the Oregon Zoo's second annual comedy night Saturday, Nov. 1., featuring comedians Alex Falcone and Bri Pruett.

The fundraiser, hosted by the Portland chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, will support the Audubon Society of Portland as well as the Tanzania-based Ruaha Carnivore Project.

Emceed by Daria from 105.1 The Buzz, the comedy night runs from 6 to 10 p.m. in the zoo's Cascade Ballroom and will include hors d'oeuvres and adult refreshments, a silent auction, live auction and performances by Falcone and Pruett. Tickets for this fundraiser are $50 ($90 for two) and can be purchased online.

A veteran of Portland's standup scene, Alex Falcone is creator and host of the live talk show "Late Night Action" and the podcast "Read It and Weep" (in which people pay him to suffer through bad books and movies). He also writes for The Portland Mercury and the "Live Wire!" radio show, and has appeared on the hit TV show "Portlandia."

Bri Pruett — named one of Portland's Funniest 5 comedians by Willamette Week last year — is Falcone's sidekick and director for "Late Night Action." She also performs with the Curious Comedy Theater and the improv singing-ensemble Pipes.

The AAZK is a nonprofit, volunteer organization made up of professional zookeepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.



The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

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