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A roast to 30 years!

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - 'In comedy we dont care if youre black, white, purple, polka-dotted, gay-straight, bisexual, trisexual, Republican, conservative. As far as each other as all the comics go, we dont care! We only want to know one thing. Is he funny? Is she funny?' Comedian Mark Mustard Man Kikel said. 'Thats all that matters in comedy to other comedians. Is he funny?' Area comics celebrated Kikel for his 30 years in comedy with a roast on Thursday, June 5. The Copper Rooster was packed to standing room only and everyone was laughing at Mark “Mustard Man” Kikel’s expense. And in his honor.

The Southeast Portland dive was the site of a roast honoring Kikel’s 30-years in comedy on Thursday, June 5.

Kristine Levine, a Portland comic who makes frequent appearances on “Portlandia,” was the roast master and ten comics were selected to roast Kikel.

Having produced and hosted numerous open mics, shows, and competitions over the years, Kikel is a well-known fixture of the Portland comedy scene.

“There was a good five to six year span where they called me the king of open mics,” Kikel said. “If you wanted stage time, you’d call me and come to my open mic.”

Kikel estimates there were only about two dozen comics in Portland when he started doing comedy in the 1980s. Now he puts the number at around 200.

Several of those comics broke into the Portland comedy scene by frequenting Kikel’s open mics.

Kikel earned his “Mustard Man” nickname in 1994 when he agreed to drink 80 ounces of mustard on the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Mark and Brian Show.”

Over the next few years, Kikel became a regular caller on the popular show and began to develop a name for himself.

Unable to leave behind the mustard, Kikel had two appearances on national television in 2005, when he appeared on both Jay Leno and Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge to show off his talent of drinking mustard.

During the roast, comic Dan Weber was quick to point out that the guys on “Jackass” would be freaked out by what he did.

But it was pretty darn memorable.

That staying-power and dedication to comedy was something several of the roasters praised in between insults.

Weber paused to reflect on his own trajectory in comedy and asked, “Would I Kikel myself?”

“You are an example of someone who never (expletive) gave up... and we wanted you to!” said comic Lonnie Bruhn.

When he’s not doing comedy gigs throughout the western United States, Kikel delivers pizza.

Kikel has two daughters, Kelsie, 25, and MacKenzie, 16, and lives with his girlfriend Angie in Estacada.

You can catch Kikel’s set at Harvey’s Comedy Club in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12; 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 13; 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 14 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

*Information from an Estacada News article written by Jeff Spiegel contributed to this report.



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