Comedy show takes a gentle dig at the piercings, tribal tattoos and organic obsessions in Oregon, but the people who live there are proud to be different.

This article titled “Portland, the US capital of alternative cool, takes TV parody in good humour” was written by Paul Harris in Portland, Oregon, for The Observer on Saturday 11th February 2012 16.28 UTC

The feminist community centre in north Portland did not look unusual. Called In Other Words, it was located in an unassuming building next to a music store. But the activities to which it plays host might raise a few eyebrows. Its headline event is Dirty Queer, an “X-rated open mic” night when people get on stage to put on an act. One recent performer set up a potter's wheel and created a ceramic dildo, to great applause.

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