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Portland Comedian Susan Rice was named the funniest person in Portland in 2015 in a Willamette Week poll.

On Saturday, Portland’s 2015 funniest person, Susan Rice, will entertain at Oran Mor for the second year in a row.

“Roseburg has always been a challenge. I’ve worked everything from Kowloons to a bowling alley. Kowloons (did comedy) for years, then they no longer did it. That was a real tester, a place where you really cut your teeth on and learne how to handle a crowd,” Rice said “They are a fun crowd, I’ve always found Roseburg fun.”

As the years have past, Rice has worked to continually reinvent herself. After 35 years, she is confident in her craft but the fast pace of comedy has her working to stay relatable to everyone. She doesn’t want the younger crowd to see her as an “old lady on stage,” but Rice says she hasn’t had to deal with that much.

Her show is considered PG13 by event coordinator Shasta Ray.

“I’m not dirty, I’m conversational,” Rice said. “I’m kinda like the aunty that everyone loves to see show up for dinner but no one wants to take home.”

Rice says that her calling card her entire life has been her familiarity. In an interview last year, Rice said “I’m familiar to everybody. I remind people of someone they know all the time, I get that all over the world when ever I travel.”

Rice mostly travels around the Pacific Northwest. She favors corporate functions, though she still patrons a few ofPortland’s comedy clubs. She has recently started a podcast with comedy veteran Art Krug called “Stop Me If I’ve Heard This,” where the two discuss aging, humor and how important it is to keep a sense of humor about life.

“The one thing everybody has in common is that we all laughs at our own foibles,” Rice said. “People will laugh at themselves, they will.”

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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