Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 8pm

  • 18+
  • ASL interpreted
Pre-sale tickets have ended or are sold out. But we have set aside tickets to be available at the venue as soon as door open at 7:00 PM!


CHRIS WILLIAMS December RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, Creator of Front Porch Sessions and The Turnout Storytelling Series at The Alberta Street Pub, Does a Spot-On Marlon Brando Impression (Heavier Marlon Brando), Has Never Drank Coffee Ever, Not Once, In His Life

SHANNON BALCOM GRAVES 4-Time RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, HR Manager, Won a Prettiest Baby Contest as a Baby

KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER Past RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, Stand Up Comedian, Former Marathon Runner, Founder of Lez Stand Up, Extreme Jigsaw Puzzler

ALEX DANG Writer, Storyteller at Head Start, Knows too Much About the Show Friends, Former Speech/Debate Champion

SHAIN BRENDEN Named one of Portland Mercury's Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy, Hosts a Weekly Comedy Show Called DOUGH Wednesdays at Mississippi Pizza Pub, Named one of Willamette Week's Funniest Five Comedians

STEPHANIE STRANGE Winner of Raw Artist of the Year, Band Leader of Strange & the Familiars, Watched the Original Charmed Series at Least Three Times All the Way Through

Music by DJ BOBBY D from
ASL Interpreted by JIM CELESTINE

DOORS 7:00PM ⎮ SHOW 8:00PM
$16-28 ADVANCE ⎮ $20 DOOR — Note: We will have walk-up tickets set aside for sale at the door. VIP ticket holders will receive swag from our sponsors/partners: $10 to The Civic Taproom, a pair of tickets to Helium Comedy Club, a ticket to The Siren Theater, 2-4-1 passes to Portland Playhouse, a sweet treat from Unicorn Bake Shop, and more. As Portlanders vibrant arts surround us. Our VIP packages are curated to encourage our audiences to get out and see more of the amazing the shows and theaters that surround us. Passes are not tied to your name, so if you want you can gift them on to a friend or non-profit that can benefit from more of the great art in our community! VIP ticket holders have seats reserved on the main floor in the front rows until 5 minutes before showtime. To reserve seats in the ASL Interpreted section, please purchase your tickets then email

10% of Tickets Proceeds go to OREGON FOOD BANK. In 2019 our audiences provided 3,600 meals!!! 

More about Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE…
How it works: each show begins with a full wheel of juicy story prompts. One of the 6 storytellers will be randomly drawn. They spin the wheel to decide the prompt for their story. They can play or pass. If they pass another teller can steal their prompt. Then the risky part…each storyteller has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt! It’s like we invented a new game called truth AND dare.

The audience votes for a winner at the end of the night who will receive swag and prizes from our sponsors and partners like $20 to Powell's, a bottle of spirits from New Deal Distillery, a gift certificate to Finger Bang, and bragging rights for life!

The winner also draws an audience winner to receive $100 to Popina Swimwear, $20 to Powell's, a gift certificate to Finger Bang, and two VIP tickets to a RUSSIAN ROULETTE show!

*Storytellers subject to change without notice. Stories may contain explicit language and/or subject matter.

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

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