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The Daily Word in groin-stomping cops, an incarcerated intactivist and the Russian dynamite death chair act

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Video shows NM State Policeman stomping on a dead suspect's groin.

A developer is asking Albuquerque City Council to lake a second look at its plan to renovate/precerve the historic DeAnza Motel.

Sunday's biker shootout involved a gang that was not invited to the meeting at Twin Peaks.

A mother has been arrested for refusing to circumsize her four year old son.

Learn about the thriving dirty panties market.

Tomorrow is Letterman's last night.

Authorities have seized Pirate Bay's two highest profile domains.

The time Dennis Hopper (high as a kite) performed the "Russian dynamite death chair act".

arts

David Koechner on satire, human flaws and story telling

The Greeks had it right. Socrates searched for real knowledge untainted by pride, and Plato was so done with irrational humanity he just wanted to crawl out of a cave and find a friend. It’s been 2,400 years since the fall of Ancient Greece and we’re all still tragically surprised we’re flawed and yet there’s something hilarious about that. “I start with a flaw like narcissism,” says comedian David Koechner about his creative process. “We all have narcissistic tendencies, but there are some who are fully narcissistic. We all are afraid of things at times, but there are some who live their life in fear. I look at that and think, That’s annoying, so I’ll make fun of it.” Koechner, who performs at Santa Ana Star Casino (54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo) on Thursday, May 21, satirizes these defective human tendencies through rich and outlandish characters.

Initially a political science major, in his third year at university he visited a friend in Chicago, watched a show at Second City, decided then he wanted to be a comedian and never looked back. “Once I decided this was what I wanted to do, I never had any doubts,” says Koechner. “I know that’s not the sexy answer. I love show business and doing comedy. I have a proclivity for it. If I could build things I would do that. If I was smart I would do that.” Koechner looks at comedy as his vocation, and it’s the small things about it that draws him to perform. “The best part is knowing that I was successful at something. My experiment worked. Something I created worked.”

Part observational humor and part hyperbolic storytelling, his shows are an experiment in human behavior. “I start from a small piece of behavior I notice. Something universal. Something we all share but an individual might live by,” says Koechner, “and then I blow up that aspect of my personality and create a character.” Admittedly, this process seems to be second nature to Koechner. “For whatever reason I’m able to access those parts of me. It's like algebra for me. I got the formula, and I can just keep plugging in numbers and getting results."

Known best for playing Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, Koechner puts a lot of himself into his roles. “Describing your act is kind of like describing your personality. I’m loud and my comedy is loud,” says Koechner. “My comedy is wet, as opposed to dry.” It’s Sophocles’ Greek tragedy intersected with jokes, but with fewer people dying. Koechner has the rare ability to be silly and bombastic but maintain an underlying satirical tone that is smart and cutting. “It all has a satirical center,” says Koechner. “We all have flaws. We all have to deal with institutions. Whether it’s a child or a parent or a school, or work, government, church—everything is an institution that we have to interact with. I think ‘What are the rules of that behavior?’ And then I break them.”

David Koechner
The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo
Thursday, May 21, 7 and 9:30pm
$15-$35 Ages: 21+
thestageatthestar.com

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The Daily Word in cocaine fingerprints, rival bikers, a killer nurse and Ronnie James Dio

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Your fingerprints can reveal recent cocaine use.

Johnny Depp’s dogs were kicked out of Australia.

Enrollment in NM colleges has plummeted.

Another tragedy took place in Waco, Texas. This time, it involved two rival biker gangs.

Two extreme athletes died during a flying stunt.

A Filipino serial killer-nurse was convicted of murdering two and poisoning 20 in a hospital in Manchester, England.

Watch this Starbucks barista flip out.

Do you do this when you're home alone?

This girl performed an Adele song with her father, James Hetfield of Metallica.

On the 5th anniversary of his death, Ronnie James Dio was honored this weekend with a celebration by the rock music community.

Books

Where Is Edward Abbey?

The search for an environmental hero's final resting place

Author Sean Prentiss discusses his haunting new memoir about searching for the secret grave of Edward Abbey.
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The Daily Word in "skin" milk, Uber and B.B. King's passing

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RIP B.B. King.

Packages of pot washed ashore in North Carolina and Alabama. So the takeaway is that mermaids like to get high too?

A Florida woman pleaded no contest in court and was convicted for drowning a puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom. That poor pooch.

Kevin Halpern says Uber was his idea!

While searching for a 24-year-old woman in the Sandia Mountains, authorities found some skeletal remains. The woman is still missing; send good vibes their way so they can bring her back safely.

The state of New Mexico is trying to return $151 million in unclaimed cash. I knew I'd left it somewhere!

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says there are no charges against District Attorney Kari Brandenburg.

A woman has been accused of putting dead foot skin in her roommate's milk. Ewwwwww ...

Alibi Picks

Odd Woman In: Sara Century's one-woman musical AQUARIUM

AQUARIUM, written and performed by avant-garde musician Sara Century, promises to give you that funny, arty feeling.
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A Focus on Fun

Family Focus Center Arts and Science Festival

Featuring a great variety of vendors, food trucks, live music, performances, hands-on exhibits, face paint, games and resource booths.

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The Daily Word in dogs that look like pandas, marshmallow tricks and Ned Flanders quits The Simpsons

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Let's just start this off with some sad news and get it over with. The 24-year-old missing Albuquerque woman's vacant car was found at the top of the Sandia Crest, but search and rescuers have yet to locate the woman. Seriously hoping she is found safe.

You know how difficult your two sons are to handle? Imagine 13 of them. One Michigan family keeps havin' boys!

The opposite of 13 boys.

American Idol is stil a thing I guess. Someone won last night, but more importantly J. Lo performed a Rihanna song.

Ned Flanders quits The Simpsons and the entire world falls apart. Rumor has it Harry Shearer wants to do a little work outside of the Simpsons and the producers are all like "NOPE."

May 13 1985 was a sad day in Philly. What has changed since the MOVE bombing and what can be learned?

And to make my grandma proud, I've included her favorite publication's list of things you can do with marshmallows. Thank you, Reader's Digest!

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Missing Gravestone Recovered!

Good news for the relatives of the grandmother who lived to 103. And also all of humanity.

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The Daily Word in dog fighting, bee die-offs and racist principals

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A year after an accidental release of radiation from WIPP, the Deparment of Energy has said the facility is now totes okay for storing waste plutonium.

Some people's first instinct when they see a bear is to chase it with a hatchet. Police would like to remind you that that instinct is wrong.

A man with an obscured face wants you to know a few things about dog fighting.

A Georgia High School principal blames Satan for the racial remarks she made during a graduation ceremony. Satan could not be reached for comment.

Two Florida hearse drivers have been fired after they made a quick pit stop to pick up some doughnuts. Which I guess you're not supposed to do when there's a corpse in the back of the car.

And bees are still dying like crazy.

Today's Events

Amy Schumer LIVE! at Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino

See the freshest, funniest face on television, known for her hit show "Inside Amy Schumer" and stand-up career, live and on stage.

Butterfly Pavilion Opening at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

Purple Rock • Dead City Radio • Drink Me • Voxburn • Cynical Bird • rock, pop, Americana at Duke City Sound Stage

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