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, August 3rd - 9:30pm
Headliners Comedy
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rio Bravo Brewery

Saturday, August 4th - 7:00pm
w/ Steven Michael Quezada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Barelas Event Center

Saturday, August 11th - 6pm
The Dinner Detective
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Marriott Uptown

Saturday, August 18th - 6pm 
Destiny Wrestling Organization No Regrets
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cesar Chaves Community Center

Friday, August 24th - 10:30pm 
Sorry, Not Sorry
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Guild Cinema

Friday, September 7th - 8pm
First Friday's Comedy Contest
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tractor Brewery - Wells Park


 

 

Entries in Matt Peterson (5)

Thursday
Jun132013

Global Warming is real and you are Going to Die

...I'm not saying that you are necessarily going to die because of Global Warming, but who knows?  This thought provoking video was inspired by comedian and climate change activist Matt Peterson passing out on my couch after we all got drunk with Doug Stanhope on my roof.  Minutes before Peterson went under, he said, and I quote, "It's fuckin' hot."

Please take just a moment out of your busy schedule to turn off your hummer and watch this short, educational film on the environment.

 

 

...and here's part two, after I deleted Angry Birds from my iPad to make more room for video.  Sometimes being an activist requires sacrifice.

 

Tuesday
Feb192013

So many chances to come see LIVE COMEDY in the 505!!!

 

Sunday
Feb052012

Stand up Comedy at The Guild

 

Stand Up Comedy at the Guild is Back!! This time around we have another GREAT line up you don't want to miss! Some of the funniest comedians ABQ has to offer!

MC-Roger "ROJO" Peterson


Featuring-
James Marrow
Joe Quesada
Rusty Rutherford
Matt Peterson

February 11th
10:30 pm (late night fun)
5 comedians for only-$10
18+

Be There!!

Sunday
Jan082012

Abq Comedy Mosaics!

ZOOM IN to these mosaics to see tons of 505 comedy memories....

 

Want your own photo-mosaic made?  For $30 you can order an 11X14 or 11X17 framed photo mosaic to show all of your friends how cool you are!  Email me at Rusty@RustyComedy.com if you are interested.

Saturday
Nov262011

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....