V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
Not Your Average Dream Blog
By Megan Reneau [ Fri Apr 22 2016 4:19 PM ]
I was in New York City. I was watching a beautiful young man explain that “bucket drummers are particularly impressive because no one trains them” so very kindly to an elderly woman.
Suddenly I was in my chair at work seeing his face on my screen. “Hannibal Buress Live at The Historic El Rey Theater this Tuesday night!” the page said.
I became hot as I ferociously typed away buying tickets. Click. Click-click. Tap-tap-tap-tap. Click. CLICK.
Then I realized it wasn't a dream, but a dream come true. The brilliant comedian Hannibal Buress will be in Albuquerque Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30pm for those of us lucky sinners that are over 21.
Mr. Buress will also be in Santa Fe to perform at Skylight at 8pm, so those lucky bastards in Santa Fe get to be closer to him but it's not like it really matters because we all have the chance to absorb some of his near-perfect comedic genius.
V.25 No.9 | 03/03/2016
Tuesday, Mar 15: First Annual Comedy Celebration
By Megan Reneau [ Sun Mar 13 2016 10:15 AM ]
Join local comics in celebrating the hosts, servers, venues and open mics.
V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
Our Love Life's A Joke
By Robert Maestas and Courtney Foster [ Wed Feb 10 2016 1:46 PM ]
This week, Rob & Courtney sit down with local comedians Jason Green, Marty Adam Smith & Rusty Rutherford to read your love notes & explore the buffoonery of romanticism.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
Biweekly and Monthly Shows
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Jan 21 2016 2:37 PM ]
While weekly comedy events will keep you avoiding sleep and things you really should get done, you definitely don’t want to miss out on even more local biweekly and monthly shows. As I wrote in my previous comedy post, things are going on all the time in Albuquerque. Here are the less frequent but equally funny shows going on around town.
Every other Wednesday (starting Jan. 13), 7pm, Mishmash Miscellany Assortment (MMA) Open Mic (Rio Bravo Brewing Company, 1912 2nd Street NW)
First Thursday of every month, 7:30pm, Carpe Diem Comedy (Imbibe, 3101 Central Ave NE)
Third Thursday of every month, 10pm, Third Thursday Comedy Contest (Tractor Brewing Company, 1800 4th Street NW)
Second Saturday of every month, 8pm, BlueByrd Comedy at Desert Rose Playhouse (Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE)
Second Saturday of every month, 10:30pm, #Microcomedy (Chama River Microbar, 106 2nd Street SW)
V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016
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Tuesday, Jan 19: Kyle Kinane with Special Guests
By Megan Reneau [ Sun Jan 17 2016 12:00 PM ]
A night of comedy plus guests Curt Fletcher, Timmi Lasley and Robert Flippo.
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Jan 7 2016 3:28 PM ]
Come one! Come all! Come watch funny men fall! Not really, though, they normally do pretty great. The Albuquerque comedy scene is exploding with fantastic talent right now. There’s a show almost every day (open mic or otherwise), so you don’t really have to plan ahead of time. Below is a condensed list of weekly shows in town but you should definitely check out this calendar because there are biweekly, triweekly, and monthly events. Have fun, you fools!
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Can Courtney Be On a Podcast?
Yes. Yes she can.
By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Nov 13 2015 12:19 PM ]
If you've been following the adventures of our resident "person who does things" (we've got to think of a better title), Courtney Foster, you'll know that she's always up for trying something new. This past weekend, that "something new" was appearing on the Potential Problems Podcast, a banter-fest hosted by local comedians John Cuellar and Allen Clark.
It's an expletive filled hour or so that isn't afraid to explore some (hilariously) risque content, so maybe wait until the drive home from work before checking this out. But definitely DO check it out! Because these guys are funny and Courtney is too.
And hey! We're bringing our own podcast back from the grave, so watch this space for a brand new episode!
V.24 No.21 | 05/21/2015
Chris Thayer on dry humor and being in the moment
By Genevieve Mueller [ Tue May 26 2015 1:32 PM ]
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
V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Eddie Izzard and the political formation of comedy
By Genevieve Mueller
Comedian Eddie Izzard provides more than a trickle of awareness.
V.24 No.20 | 05/14/2015
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.”
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Patron saints and public service
Dance beneath the stars with some patron saints, scope an experimental comedic duo, and take Mom out for some Japanese Art Deco and big-band tunes.
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
photo courtesy of billmaher.com
Offended by the Offended
Bill Maher confronts politics, religion and the far left
By Genevieve Mueller
Bill Maher talks to Genevieve Mueller about his roots and the liberal problem of political correctness in anticipation of his May 2 appearance.
V.24 No.16 | 04/16/2015
Punk Rock, Storytelling and Dumb Jokes
LULZ, with Ian Douglas Terry and Zach Reinert
By Genevieve Mueller [ Fri Apr 17 2015 2:52 PM ]
Featuring comedians Ian Douglas Terry and Zach Reinert.
V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
Photo courtesy of the artist
John Mulaney’s Delicate Weirdness
Boy-next-door comedian talks stand-up, SNL and human absurdity
By Genevieve Mueller
Don’t let the innocent persona fool you—John Mulaney’s comedy cuts to the heart of weird humanity.
On Tina’s trail in Albuquerque
By Blake Driver
Blake Driver follows in Liz Lemon’s local business-patronizing footsteps. Prepare to want to go to there.
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