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Entries in Albuquerque Comedy Club (12)

Thursday
Mar082012

Senior Citizen refuses to touch Rusty

Tuesday afternoon, book salesman Ronn Perea suffered a fit of confusion when discovering that he had been nominated "Best Comedian" by an anonymous source for the upcoming issue of the Albuquerque Alibi.  Following the announcement, Perea commented on fellow nominee Rusty Rutherford's facebook page in an arthritic rage:

"First why is my name brought into something I do not know anything about? Who said I was a comic? I never claimed to be a comic. I only have produced comedy shows longer than this kid has been born, coast to coast and around the world with the USO twice. The only RR I have seen is someone I would not touch or book into my shows."

It was unclear at first rather "RR" was in fact in reference to Rusty Rutherford, or if Perea was talking about fellow salesman Russ Rivas, but an undisclosed source said that they did see Perea touch Rivas once, so he must've meant Rutherford.

Rutherford admits that he has never been offered a spot in one of Perea's hootenannies, but he does believe he's heard stories of his great grandfather performing with Perea during the first World War.


 

Tuesday
Aug302011

Death of Laffs Comedy Club = Birth of Albuquerque's Comedy Scene (part 1)

“Do you perform at Laffs?”  “Laffs closed down?”  “Did you ever perform at Laffs?”  “What?!  When did Laffs close?”  “I didn’t know there was stand up going around town since the comedy club closed down.”

            It’s something all of us striving Albuquerque comedians have heard way more than once from the casual non-connoisseur of comedy here in the 505.  Where most big cities have multiple venues for stand-up, for years Laffs Comedy Club monopolized the comedy scene here in New Mexico. 

            I feel like I should preface this peace by saying this is by no means meant to be an attack on Laffs or its owner and staff or comedy clubs in general.  I feel like I have not been screwed over by comedy clubs or bookers enough yet to truly bitch about how bad they are.  Maybe someday that will be the rant, but for now I leave that to the comics that have been pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into this art for way longer than I have.  I guess for me this is something I’ll post online so when people ask “So is there comedy in Albuquerque since Laffs closed?”  Instead of politely explaining where they can catch our underground, DIY scene, or spending valuable drinking time retelling this story, I can just give them the link to this post so they can read about what the New Mexico comedy scene is to me.  Again I want to emphasis that this isn’t meant to be an attack on Laffs’ old owner, who did thinks that I didn’t understand at the time but now realize were just business moves.  He was a good businessman, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you accept it for what it is: business, not art.  But then again, the fact that I feel like I have to keep prefacing that because I’m afraid the wrong person will read it and try to blacklist me makes me realize just how shady this “business” can really be.  Anyway, here’s my story….

            I really started performing comedy my sophomore year of high school.  My buddy Zach and I got a Public Access TV show when we realized literally ANYBODY could, as long as you dished out $35 and attended 4 classes.  Shortly after the birth of the prank/hidden camera style show I decided to do a bit where I would audition for our high school talent show, but I would do a ridiculous dumb bit that lasted way longer than our 1 minute audition slot, and keep got with the scheme until they had to drag me off the stage.  Little did I know that some how the judges would actually like my crazy “When I say RUBBER, you say MALLET” bit and pick me and Zach to perform for the rest of the school.  I was even more surprised when a gym full of about 1500 Sandia High School students saw the routine, and actually went crazy for it.  This is when I got the performance bug, which is still with me to this very day.

            From here I continued with my no-budget, teenager-quality cable access TV show “Don’t Watch This” and eventually got into theatre and improv at Sandia.  Around my senior year is the first time I tried stand-up, and I’ll be the first to admit I was terrible at it.  At the time I wasn’t a big fan of stand-up and I would much rather be doing sketch or improv, but I felt it would be cool to try something new to put on the show.  I wasn’t old enough to get into Laffs, but I stumbled on an open mic that took place late Monday nights at a restaurant called “Chelsea’s Street” at Coronado Mall.  Here I could perform in front of a few other unknown comics, or people that wanted to try comedy, and an audience of about 3 families who were there to enjoy dinner and not be bugged by people telling Espanola jokes over the restaurants sound system.  I performed on and off at Chelsea’s and a few other venues casually for the rest of my teen years, but sucked every time I tried to do stand up, or what I thought at the time stand up was supposed to be.  I stuck mainly with theatre and film, and my first “big break” was when one of Albuquerque’s biggest little cult theatres, Tricklock, agreed to produce my one-man show “How To Pick Up Chicks.”  I had just completed their new teen internship program called “The Manao Project” and the company gave me an opportunity that sky-rocketed my confidence in knowing maybe this whole comedy thing really was something I could do.  Kevin Elder, one of the company member I really looked up to, even agreed to direct my show, which gave me a whole new outlook on one-man shows.  Looking back on it, the show was pretty sophomoric and full of slapstick and zany laughs, but at the time that is exactly what I wanted to do.  After the sold out weekend run at Tricklock, I got to do the show at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe, and then went on to take it to The Montreal and Boulder Fringes Festivals.  Then back to Albuquerque a few more times where I beat the hell out of the dead horse.

             I had a blast doing this half theatre, half stand-up comedy show and decided maybe stand up is something I wanted to pursue a little further.  Laffs Comedy Club was the only “real” stand up comedy going on at the time.  I knew this was the only “real” stand up scene in Albuquerque because their webpage made it clear on their open mic page by stating something like:


“Laffs Comedy Club offers a professional open-mic
for comics who are serious about what they are doing.
It is not a hole in the wall open mic that Mike Boyle is
doing just to offer young comics stage time….”

             …so I may have exaggerated that a little, but I will go more in-depth about Laff’s 5 pages of “Open-Mic rules and regulations” a little later.  At this point I was just excited and grateful for any opportunity to step on stage at Albuquerque’s premier comedy club, even if I had to promise to bring 6 guest before I was allotted five minutes of stage time on a Sunday night.

 

TO BE CONTINUED...

(well, if you guys want it to be continued that is.  Leave a comment if you find this at all interesting or if you want to hear more.  Otherwise I kinda just feel like I'm telling my little story, so please, let me know if you want to hear more about my take on how the Abq. comedy scene is where it is today.)

 

READ PART 2 HERE....

 

*image by Sarah Kennedy

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