Show Dates

Geeks Who Drink - Pub Quiz 
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tractor Brewery - Four Hills
Every Thursday at 7:00pm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Palmer Brewery & Cider House

Friday, October 5th - 8pm
First Friday's Comedy Contest
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tractor Brewery - Wells Park

Saturday, October 6th - 6pm
The Dinner Detective
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Marriott Uptown

Sunday, October 7th - 7pm
Improv Student Showcase
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Box Performance Space

Friday, October 12th - 6pm
 The Dinner Detective - Murder at the Museum
Albuquerque, New Mexico

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Saturday, October 13th - 6pm
The Dinner Detective
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Marriott Uptown

Saturday, October 20th - 6pm
Destiny Wrestling Organization

Day of Destiny XI
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cesar Chavez Community Center

Friday, November 2nd - 8pm
First Friday's Comedy Contest
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tractor Brewery - Wells Park

Saturday, November 3rd - 10pm
Hip Hop & Comedy
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Guild Cinema

Friday, November 9th - 8pm
Party Hard Wrestling
Mesa, Arizona
The Nile Theater



Entries in Albuquerque (19)


11 True Tweets from 2011

I meant to do this at the beginning of the new year, that would've been more topical.  But I procrastinate, so I'm posting it now.  All of these tweets are true except for the first one.  It was actually syphilis, but that didn't flow as well....



Be sure to follow me on Twitter for some for fun tweets, or just wait until next year and I'll post the top 12 from this year, it's up to you.


Death of Laffs Comedy Club = Birth of Albuquerque's Comedy Scene (part 2)

The following is part 2 of an ongoing series I'm writing on the spark of Albuquerque's current stand-up community.  If you haven't read it yet, you may want to check out Death of Laffs Comedy Club = Birth of Albuquerque's Comedy Scene (part 1) before continuing.  Or maybe not, whatev'.


I was 21 or so and was performing regularly at Mike Boyle’s open mics at Our Place 2, along with a long-haired “Farrah Fawcet meets Gary Busey” look-alike named Matt Peterson, a black dude known as Black Mike, a Cuban dude that looked like a black dude named Luis Powell, and a handful of other joke-tellin’ folks.  The open-mics were fun, but we all sucked back then and usually told the same jokes every week.  We were all pretty cool with each other, and often shared a beer or two during the shows, but we weren’t a tight community and it there was always an “every-man-for-himself” feel as we all were hoping to make it onto the big Laffs stage.

Most of the guys dove into the Laffs open-mic, soaking up the stage time.  I was spending most of my creative energy on sketch community theater and sketch comedy shows with the troupe “Eat, Drink and be Larry” at spots like The Vortex and Gorilla Tango.  I finally jumped into the Laff’s open-mics.  The first thing I noticed was the WAY TO LONG list of open-mic rules and regulations.  Most of them were trying to keep green open-mic’ers from making amateur mistakes, but in my mind I felt the list should be tips and suggestions rather than “Break these rules and you’ll never see the spotlight again” commandments.  Things like no foul language, dress as if you were going on a first date, etc.  Despite the strict guidelines, I was as excited as anyone to get my 5 minutes of stage time at a real live comedy club.  I did a few of the open-mics, which eventually became bringer shows.  “Bring at least 4 people or you can’t perform.”  At the time I wasn’t totally opposed to this, and when you’re new to performing it’s a lot easier to get your friends and family out to shows.  What I was very opposed to, however, was that about half of the time I was scheduled to do the open-mic segment before shows, and I had shamelessly pumped out flyers, send emails, and made phone calls to every one I know, I would show up only to be told moments before the show was about to start “Yeah, not enough comics showed up” or “we’re running late” or “the audience is too small so we’re going to cut the open-mic tonight.”  The words were tossed out casually by the club owner Russ or his rumored-mistress Terri and were rarely followed by “I’m sorry.”  I knew I wasn’t hot shit at the time, but I felt these guys didn’t really care about the locals who would give anything to perform on New Mexico’s most well known stand-up stage.

After a few “you’re not important enough to do our open-mic tonight” rejections, I faded away from the club and focused more on my UNM and community theater projects.  It wasn’t until a year or so later when I decided to give Laffs another shot, or perhaps let Laffs give me another shot.  I heard they were having a “Southwest Laugh-Off” contest and the grand prize winner got $1,000 and the opportunity to do some road gigs.  Previous winners included one of my current favorite comics, Curt Fletcher, as well as Marc Shuter, who when we saw him in the background of the NBC show Last Comic Standing one night, my girlfriend at the time proclaim “I made out with that guy one time!”  That night I came in my girlfriend’s eye and said it was an accident.  It wasn’t an accident.

Thinking this could be my chance to become a “real stand-up comedian” I threw on my Fubu jersey and gold spray painted “R” bling necklace and rolled into Laff’s.  For the first round of the contest, each comedian got 3 minutes so the judges could cut through the fat and chose what 12 of the 40+ comics would advance to the semi-finals.  I did well enough to squeak into the top 12.  The night I performed at the semifinals was a blast.  Four of us were set to perform, with only two advancing to the finals.  After each of us did our set, we were brought on stage by the night’s emcee, Charlie Moreno.  I felt pretty good about my set, but each of the contestants did exceptionally well, so it was up in the air which of the 2 of us would advance. 

“The first comic advancing to the finals is….” Charlie announced.  “Anthony ‘Animal’ Garcia!”

The crowd applauded and Moreno continued, building up the anticipation “Alright, only one more comedian will advance tonight….Rusty Rutherford, will you please step forward.”  I could hear some of my friends that had came out to support me cheering wildly.  “Rusty Rutherford….you are NOT advancing.”  My heart sank.  “Louis Powell, you’re going on to the finals!”

Animal pulled me aside and apologized on behalf of Charlie for being an ass.  I agreed that it sucked, but Charlie also apologized later and said he was just trying to pump up the audience.  I still thought it was a pretty dick move, but I wasn’t that hurt by it and the two guys that beat me that night totally deserved it.  Animal went on to win the contest, and Louis came back next year to win it.*

For me it was back to the drawing board…

*I'm not positive that Luis Powell was my opponent that night, but I remember it was a good local comic, so I picked him.

To be continued....


APD cops fired for impersonating David Beckham protect and serve.

APD zombie kindaLast month the media made a huge deal about an APD officer wearing her uniform while dressed as a zombie for Halloween.  People were outraged and said it was "a disgrace to the uniform."  I think everyone over reacted to nothing more than a cop playing dress up.  I do, on the other hand, think a cop kicking a man a dozen times in the head while his tag team partner holds him down, is a disgrace to the uniform. 

Apparently, "The footage was only released after a Freedom of Information request by the Albuquerque Journal."  Both cops were eventually fired, but not until AFTER the video got out.  Who know if these guys would still be on the force had the Journal not request the video.  And as the Big Boss Man and his partner beating their downed opponent wasn't enough, they celebrate their victory with a Beckham chest bump.

The case is being reviewed by "special prosecutors" to see if the former officers will be prosecuted.  So these cops may or may not be charged for beating this guy.  Do you think they bring in "special prosecutors" to decide whether or not to prosecute some bar tender who gives a guy one too many drinks and that guy gets behind a steering wheel and gets into a wreck?  I doubt it...well, unless that bartender is also a cop, then they might.



So I just found out this event took place last January and the cops didn't get fired until shortly after the video was released to the public.  Here's an older news report of the story, with the cop's attorney saying "...I think one or two kicks."

Cop investigated for kicking suspect:

The real criminal here is the attorney's eyebrows.

Ticket Giveaway for Comedy this week at Terrene and The KiMo



Want to win free tickets to 3rd Thursdays Comedy Contest at Terrene Hookah Lounge or to "I Am Comic" at The KiMo?  You're in luck, because I'm giving a pair of tickets away to each show!  All you have to do to enter is post a link to the show on your facebook or Twitter, then shoot me a quick email at letting me know you posted it, and you're in the drawing.  Enter for either show, or both.  Thursday night I will draw and announce the ticket winners.

Good luck!


3rd Thursdays Comedy Contest at Terrene
3rd Thursdays Comedy Contest is back for another episode of the 505's hottest comedians!  Come be a part of future history and help decide who will be crowned this month's Comedy King/Queen...

Dan Rascon
Ariel Holmes
Rebecca Ann Coffelt
Ben Nolte
Danny Torrez
Joe Quesada
Scott Bryan
Erin Slimak
Eddie Stephens
Sarah Kennedy

Expected the Unexpected with your anything-but-predictable host, Rusty Rutherford!

Terrene Hookah Lounge is located at 106 Vassar SE (just south of Central, next to Joe's).  Tickets are just $6.  18+


"I Am Comic" - stand up & film screening at The KiMo Theatre

The newly established group, Albuquerque Comedy Media & Entertainment, in conjunction with Film!ABQ, will be showing the stand up comedy documentary, I Am Comic, for one night only. The funds raised by this event will go to help A.C.M.E. in getting the business off the ground and into their new comedy performance space downtown on 2nd & Gold. Tickets are only $10 and are on sale now at the KiMo Box Office: Tel: (505) 768-3544 or online at  /.

"I Am Comic" is a stand up comedy documentary in which stand-up comedians reveal the art and occupational hazards of their craft. Written and Directed by Jordan Brady the movie stars Kathy Griffin, Jeff Foxworthy, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Tim Allen, and more. I Am Comic is rated R for language, sexual content, and some drug material. The movie has a running time of 89 minutes.

Schedule for the night's events:
7-7:30 Stand-up comedy featuring local comedians: Sarah Kennedy, Sarah Mowrey, Jessica Osbourne, Joe Quesada and Rusty Rutherford
7:30pm-9pm I Am Comic Screening
9pm-10pm: Skype Q&A with filmmaker and comedian Jordan Brady

Check out the "I Am Comic" FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Rusty's Tip of the Day

Big Job interview coming up?  I recommend not eating an Alsup's burrito while the interview is taking place.  Most hiring committees find the act unprofessional and inappropriate, and you will probably have a stomach ache shortly after the interview.


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