Caitlin Kunkel

Comedy Writer, Director & Producer

Apparently I Had an Instagram This Whole Time

Posted on July 6, 2014

Here I am, thinking I’m special for not giving in to Instagram, only to realize that I do have an account with one photo in it and 75 followers. I shared the below photo and now I’m hooked. Follow me @kunkeltron for more photographic gold.


I am cautiously optimistic about both Instagram and my friendship with this pig

I am cautiously optimistic about both Instagram and my friendship with this pig


Things I Did This Week Instead of Write

Posted on June 13, 2014

sometimes you just need to refuess

sometimes you just need to refuess

I didn’t get a lot of writing done this week. Normally I would self-flagellate by watching House Hunters until my loathing transferred from myself to human beings who sit down in other people’s bathtubs with their shoes on or make jokes about how women need lots of closet space or say “I’m not going to settle” when their budgets are 50% too low for the area they want to live in.

But instead, I decide to make a list of the things I DID get done this week:


Figured out an issue where for the past four months my mail order prescription had been getting shipped to a NW SW address that only exists in Narnia and not in Portland.


Read two plays (Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler and The Devil at Noon by Anne Washburn).


Googled how much souls supposedly weigh then remembered that movie called 21 Grams and read a plot synopsis of it. Regretted this lost time and wished for it back down to the very depths of my 21-gram soul.


Worked 20 hours at my awesome part-time job.


Cleaned my hideously dirty and crowded desk. You know how some people like to say that your workspace is a reflection of your mind? That’s true.


photo from quick meme

photo from quick meme

Went to bakeries 5 out of 7 days. Absolutely no croissants were spared.


Tried acupuncture for the first time (on a back spasm that also did not help productivity this week).


Also in back spasm news, called my health insurance company and three doctors. This is sometimes known as navigating phone trees so bureaucratic they would make Kafka cry. Then this happened on Twitter:


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Also in back spasm news, took three naps. That’s three more than I’ve taken in the past year. Had terrifying dreams during each of them. Swore off naps.


Directed the two soft openings for Work Schmerk.


Watched my FAVORITE summer reality show, America Ninja Warrior, and then went down the wormhole of “parkour fail” videos, which are second only to “weightlifting accidents” for the “holy shit, is that guy dead?” factor.


Made this list.


Hey, there’s always next week.

WORK SCHMERK at Coho Productions

Posted on June 12, 2014

Since last December, I’ve been working with comedian/storyteller Jay Flewelling on finalizing the script for his one-man show, WORK SCHMERK. Welp, we finalized it, we rehearsed it, and now it’s up and running! On Tuesday, 6/17 and Wednesday, 6/18, WORK SCHMERK will be performed at Coho Theater in NW Portland.
Following the performance, sister musical duo THE DOUBLECLICKS will take the stage and perform songs from their new album. Check out one of their songs below. I’ve had a great experience working with Jay again (he was Santa in A NIGHTMARE ON ELF STREET) and really enjoyed directing a one-man show. Get your (limited!) tickets here.


Check out our great preview piece in The Oregonian here. Thank you to reporter and arts advocate Jamie Hale for the coverage.


BIG THANKS to the fabulous Andy Batt for the photography and Jake Trudell for the art design! We also are privileged to be sponsored by Elephant’s Delicatessen and Deschutes Brewing. Deschutes is also providing the beer for purchased at Coho.

WS Poster Final

Late Night Action at Bridgetown!

Posted on May 7, 2014


Late Night Action is an official selection of this year’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, one of the largest and most exciting festivals going on right now in the US. We’re so excited to help kick off the weekend with a Bridgetown primer show tomorrow night, featuring standup comedian and festival co-founder Andy Wood, standup and Twitter superstar Aparna Nancherla, standup and podcaster Myq Kaplan, and musical guest, comedian Henry Phillips.

We’re at the Doug Fir Lounge on the Squarespace Stage Thursday night from 10:00-11:30pm. More information here – hope to see you there!






Late Night Action: Bill Oakley and More!

Posted on April 15, 2014

Design by jen Tam

Design by Jen Tam

Portland’s best live talk show returns with our biggest show yet this Saturday night, 9:00pm at The Secret Society!

Come see Simpsons showrunner BILL OAKLEY, game designer STEVE GAYNOR, Portland’s funniest person SHANE TORRES, musical guest LAURA GIBSON, sketch comedy from CHASE & STACEY, and much more!

$10 tickets in advance.

More about LNA: Late Night Action is Portland’s best live talk show. Each month we bring in celebrity guests, comedians, and the best bands Portland has to offer. LNA is hosted by the quick and funny Alex Falcone (Portlandia, Live Wire! Radio) and wise-crackin’ side kick Bri Pruett (Willamette Week’s Funniest 5) and directed by Caitlin Kunkel (Second City).


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