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 Feb 2 - 8, 2006 
Sex, Toys and Videotapes
Curious about you-know-what? Need a little push in the direction of tastefulness that doesn't supersede your pleasure in this product-driven holiday season of love? Here's the guide from an unassuming expert.
NEWS/OPINION
Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
Hey, man, as the New Mexico Legislature mulls over a medical marijuana bill moving through its chambers, policy makers and activists try to convince us of the bill's necessity. Relax. We need no persuasion. Jessica Cassyle Carr reports.
MUSIC
Spotlight: AC/DC Fighting with Motörhead while Lynyrd Skynyrd Watches
Nashville Pussy expunges on the city, the body part and how to get your prefab abode rockin' tonight all sleazy-like.
FOOD
Dining Out Special
Keeping with the unnecessary hype of Valentine's Day, we've provided you with a guide to restaurant specials at special restaurants around Albuquerque.
FILM & TV
The World's Fastest Indian
The World's Fastest Indian chronicles the experience of New Zealander and owner of a haphazard 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle Burt Murno, whose goal is to create the fastest two-wheeled vehicle and test its speed at America's Boneville Salt Flats. What will happen?
FEATURE
ARTS/LIT
Bow-chi-ca-bow-bow
Filthy, filthy, filth! Just kidding, this book rules! Especially because The Big Book of Porn contains a history of dirty movies, guide to the best porn ever made and all of the moustaches attached to naked man-bodies you could ever dream of.

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Alibi Picks

Disco, Glitter and Roller Skates: Xanadu Jr. at N4th Theater

A Greek muse inspires love, laughter and the world's first Roller Disco in this 1980s glitter explosion of a play. Runs through 6/7.
Mandee Johnson

arts

Comedy Matters

Chris Thayer on dry humor and being in the moment

I think every comedian has that moment when they watch a stand-up set from a particular comic and think, “This is my life now.” “I always had an interest in comedy when I was growing up, but I never thought of it as something I could or would do,” says comedian Chris Thayer. “When I was 18, I heard David Cross' album Shut Up You Fucking Baby!, which was conversational in a way that made me think that maybe I could do stand-up too.” Thayer, who will be at The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE) on June 1, moved to San Francisco, a city that has spawned such comedy legends as Robin Williams at Margaret Cho, at the age of nineteen but waited three whole years before trying comedy. He finally sat down one night and began to write; a week later he did an open mic, and “within a year I had done over 200 sets,” says Thayer. “Now I’ve been doing comedy for seven years.”

It’s this dedication that got him a writing gig on the Pete Holmes show. Thayer has a dry sense of humor and often talks about his life on stage. His uncompromising style is reflected in his ideas on comedy. “The thing that terrified me most when I started performing was the fear that an audience would hate me,” says Thayer. With time this slowly abated and Thayer began to focus more on what he thought was funny rather than appealing to any given crowd. “I'd like as many people as possible to like me without having to compromise myself or what I think is funny. I would drive myself crazy if I were trying to change my stuff to get 100% of people to love me, so if only maybe 67% of people are into me, I'm totally okay with that,” says Thayer. “Not sure if that number sounds too high or too low. I'm trying to be modest without sounding unambitious.”

It’s not an unwavering ambition though. Thayer sees comedy as something that needs to avoid stagnation. “My favorite parts of performing are the times when I'm present enough and comfortable enough to try or add new stuff,” says Thayer. “I enjoy doing my material that I've been working on, but there's always a danger of feeling like you're on autopilot when you're doing stuff that you've memorized and said hundreds of times before. Thinking of new stuff for old jokes or trying to talk out new bits lets me know that I'm engaged in the moment and makes it fun for me.” Thayer has a way of balancing his strong and steadfast ideas on comedy with being open and present in the moment so he can engage with the live audience. “I want the audience to think, ‘Wow that guy is really funny despite being boringly sincere in interviews.’”

Chris Thayer: No One Asked for this Tour
The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE)
Monday June 1 10:30 pm $5
guildcinema.com

News

The Daily Word in vandalized cemeteries, artistic crepes and an officer fatality in Rio Rancho

The Daily Word

A Rio Rancho police officer was shot and killed yesterday.

A couple New Mexico cemetaries were vandalized yesterday, Memorial Day.

A well-known Canadian journalist is accused of inventing facts.

The mom jailed for not allowing her son to be circumcised relented. Snip.

Sales of paper for newspapers are way down. Sales of toilet paper are up.

Check out these amazing super hero crepes.

Early 80's punk rock tv show from L.A., "New Wave Theater", is now complete on YouTube.

Was B.B. King poisoned?

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