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Steam It Up!
Third Thursday: Steampunk Extravaganza
By Mark Lopez [ Tue May 19 2015 3:30 PM ]
Put on your Victorian finest, and join in for an Albuquerque Steampunk Society-hosted evening of fun in conjunction with the
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue May 19 2015 2:39 PM ]
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.
Learn about the thriving dirty panties market.
Tomorrow is Letterman's last night.
Authorities have seized Pirate Bay's two highest profile domains.
David Koechner on satire, human flaws and story telling
By Genevieve Mueller [ Tue May 19 2015 11:16 AM ]
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.”
The Daily Word in cocaine fingerprints, rival bikers, a killer nurse and Ronnie James Dio
By Constance Moss [ Mon May 18 2015 10:46 AM ]
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.
Where Is Edward Abbey?
The search for an environmental hero's final resting place
By Lisa Barrow [ Fri May 15 2015 4:25 PM ]
Author Sean Prentiss discusses his haunting new memoir about searching for the secret grave of Edward Abbey.
The Daily Word in "skin" milk, Uber and B.B. King's passing
By Mark Lopez [ Fri May 15 2015 9:23 AM ]
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.
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 ...
Odd Woman In: Sara Century's one-woman musical AQUARIUM
By Lisa Barrow [ Thu May 14 2015 3:05 PM ]
AQUARIUM, written and performed by avant-garde musician Sara Century, promises to give you that funny, arty feeling.
A Focus on Fun
Family Focus Center Arts and Science Festival
By Mark Lopez [ Thu May 14 2015 2:00 PM ]
Featuring a great variety of vendors, food trucks, live music, performances, hands-on exhibits, face paint, games and resource booths.
The Daily Word in dogs that look like pandas, marshmallow tricks and Ned Flanders quits The Simpsons
By Amelia Olson [ Thu May 14 2015 1:10 PM ]
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!
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!
Missing Gravestone Recovered!
By Constance Moss [ Wed May 13 2015 2:08 PM ]
Good news for the relatives of the grandmother who lived to 103. And also all of humanity.
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