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I’M SO EXCITED TO DO THIS SHOW. Rehearsals with Jason Rouse started in FEBRUARY 2016. I’ve been developing these stories, imagining, playing at open mics and cultivating resources and images for this show all year and now I can tell you all. I’m so blessed to have people who support my work. My kind sponsors deserve all your patronage and the regular audience I’ve found through my column at the Portland Mercury, my radio show on XRAY.fm, my weekly show Earthquake Hurricane at Velo Cult and the regular amazing showcases around Portland: It’s Gonna Be OK, Control Yourself, Cool Kids Patio Show/Doug Fir series, LiveWire!, and of course Late Night Action. This show is for my OG supporters.

What is this show? I just want folks to have a great time. I’ve spent hours working on the house music. I’ll be sharing stories and jokes and bits and juicy details and strategies and mantras about sex, gender, dating, hormones, attachment, bodies, and D’Angelo. Y’know, everyone’s favorite and most relevant stuff.

I’m busy with the show and out of town a lot in the coming weeks. See you in October!

Much love. -B

 

New Feature Video

Long-set at Helium from back in February – lots of crowd work at the end so check it out. Shout out to my hairstylist mom for making my hair SUPER SHINY!

Let’s Do It with Bri Pruett: Putting the “sensual” back in consensual

 

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Illustration by Erika Moen

There’s only one sure-fire way to avoid being in a consensual gray area in a sexual scenario; use your grown-up words and explicitly ask for consent. If you’re a shy or less verbal person, this might seem like a daunting task.

First let’s deal with some of your concerns…

1. I don’t like “asking.”
People (especially men) have told me that “asking permission” feels weak, that it establishes a power dynamic from the get-go that may not be a total turn on. Can I suggest this adjustment to your logic: the “ask” is a sign of ultimate respect, a new “laying your cape over a mud puddle.” Because who can remember to bring their cape all the time? If your boo is into consent, asking IS foreplay.

2. It makes sex so mechanical.
Maybe there is a small loss of spontaneity. But if you get consent beforehand, or better yet, have a grown up discussion of what you are into and when/where you want to get it, you’ll have the green light to get as weird-as-you-wanna-be when the time comes. I’ll take kink over spontaneity any day.

3. Girl’s are the brakes, boys are the gas.
Why are you even reading this column, you dumb dinosaur?! There’s an assumption that cis-gender straight males are ALWAYS trying to get it IN and it’s the “woman’s job to put on the brakes.” It’s 2016, dummies. That kind of over-simplification is over. Yes, let’s acknowledge the long history of teaching men to “ask” consent and women to “give” consent *cough* rape culture *cough*. However, women can help this process by participating in the culture of consentthemselves, asking and granting permission also.

4. I don’t know how.
For a lot of us, this is new. We’re finding the language, the rhythms and the emotions associated with consent. It’s OK for it to feel awkward. We’re all gonna be so good at this soon (a great resource is sex educator/graphic artist Erika Moen’s blog entry on consent). If you’re just getting your feet wet, here are some phrases to try out:

Can I….?
Will you…?
Would it feel good if I ….?
Would you like it if I…?
Do you like it when…?

Here are some phrases that sound less like questions:

It would feel so good if you…
It turns me on when you…
When you _____, it makes me hot
I love it when you ____
I want you to _____

Okay now here are some perfectly reasonable verbs to add to this sentence:

touch
kiss
lick
suck
stick it inside (where applicable)
take off
keep going

Finish it with a subject:

My/your dick
My/Your Pussy
My/Your Legs
My/Your Butt
His/Her/their dick/pussy/legs/butt

Try it with your partner, your weekend lover, or whatever lucky, sunsick fool you hook up with tonight. And don’t thank me too much when you ask permission to fuck and your consent-lovin’ bae floods their basement.

Wishing you great love and hot, consensual action,
@BriPruett

Live Wire’s Portland Comic Takeover

Me and the homies Alex Falcone and Anthony Lopez took over NPR’s edgy Saturday night programming: LiveWire! Radio. Listen to me say some cheesy stuff about why I do stand up, when I was heckled by a man in head-to-toe camo, and bombing at APPLEBEE’S.

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Listen here: Live Wire Radio Episode: “TIGHT FIVE” (I didn’t co-sign on that title btw)

And come visit the whole gang at the next EARTHQUAKE HURRICANE!

 

Bob Mould’s “Hold On” Video

I cameo the hell out of this dope new video from former-Husker Du rocker Bob Mould, playing a business woman at the top and a Stefani-esque reality/talent show judge.

It was shot on a rainy fall day on the beautiful South Waterfront and later scenes were set at the Funhouse Lounge – all in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Directed by the boss-ass bitch: Alicia J. Rose (she does cool shit).

Portland! Keep giving me work like this and I’ll never leave you.

Benji Hughes Music Video with ya girl!

I had such a good time with these folks. Shout out to local hilario Zak Toscani for his cameo. I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as you do eating an entire shoe made of fondant.

Directed by Whitey McConnaughy
Starring: Katie Michels, Bri Pruett and Catherine Candor
Production design: Kat Audick
Cinematography: Brett Roberts
Wardrobe Stylst: Melanie Bowman Clark
Hair and Makeup: Sabrina Cayne
Shoe store: Solestruck

OPB Sunday Conversation

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Hey Look I was on OPB! I sat down with John Sepulvado for a chat about comedy, safe spaces, and women.  Click the Link to listen… or just read the cliff’s notes.

“Comedian Bri Pruett is widely considered to be one of the funniest people in Portland.

She’s also seen as a leader in Portland’s stand-up comedian community.

Pruett sat down with OPB’s Weekend Edition Host John Sepulvado.

She spoke about why stand-up comedy is economically better than being in a band. “My boyfriend is in a band and he has to pay out a whole band, and it’s a real bummer,” Pruett says. “And I’m glad to be light traveling, and doing whatever I want.”

Pruett also spoke about what she calls “the female comedy mafia” in Portland.

“The best shows in this city are run by women,” Pruett says. “And those women talk to each other. And if someone does something upsetting or misogynistic or transphobic or homophobic or racist, we talk about it.”

The comedian also spoke about the difference between joking about someone and picking on people.

“If someone came to me after a show and said, ‘hey, you really hurt my feelings with that joke,’” Pruett says. “I would absolutely look at my material and examine why that happened and be thoughtful about it.  And I would hope that all artists would be that way, but I know that that’s not the case.”