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V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

Event Horizon

Why So Serious

Wednesday, Oct 19: Why The Long Face Comedy Tour

Comedians Curt Fletcher, Matt Peterson, Keith Brekenridge, and Eddie Stephens perform.
V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016

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Cyclists Laugh Longer

Sunday, Sep 18: Bike In Comedy

Cyclists and residents ride in to see local comedians, a cappella infused improv, sketch comedy, musical ensemble Rumble perform. Food trucks and Tractor Brewing on site.
V.25 No.28 | 07/14/2016
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Hand to Mouth

Friday, Jul 22: Finger Mouth

The hilarious dark tale of one girl's journey through the "what's real?" world of possible mental illness.
V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016

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Guffaw, Chuckle, Giggle

Saturday, Jul 9: Laughs for Literacy

Comedian Marty Smith and friends present comedy with a bookish theme. All proceeds benefit Reading Works, a nonprofit adult literacy program.
V.25 No.23 | 6/9/2016
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher
Robin Von Swank

Comedy Matters

All’s Fair in Love and Comedy

A conversation with Kosher Kasher and Natty Leggs

Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher speak with us about their new endeavors, dating in the comedy scene and chasing that “first-time feeling.”
Courtney Foster
Rob M

Comedy Matters

Whiskey, Laughs & Butterflies

A first foray into standup comedy

Fuck it, what's the worse that can happen?
V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016

Not Your Average Dream Blog

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

Event Horizon

(Laugh) Riot

Tuesday, Mar 15: First Annual Comedy Celebration

Join local comics in celebrating the hosts, servers, venues and open mics.
V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
totally professional with local comedians


Our Love Life's A Joke

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
You won't ever stop laughing

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Biweekly and Monthly Shows

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.

First Monday of every month, 10pm, Duncing in the Dark (Burt's Tiki Lounge, 313 Gold Ave SW)

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

A night of comedy plus guests Curt Fletcher, Timmi Lasley and Robert Flippo.
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016
everyone is beautiful when they smile

locally lol'ing

Weekly Shows

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!

7pm, Ned's Sunday Night Double Feature Comedy Show (Ned's Bar & Grill, 2509 San Mateo NE)
7pm, Spit ya' Bit at Boese Bros. (Boese Brothers Brewing, 601 Gold Ave SW)

7pm, Robot Lazer Kitten Open Mic (Back Alley Draft House 215 Central Avenue)

7:30pm, Adieux-in It Well Open Mic (Adieux Café, 420 Central Ave SW)
7pm, VibeZout Comedy and Karaoke Open Mic (Fire and Ice, 9800 Montgomery NE)

7pm, Laughter Lineup Open Mic (Nunez Bikini Bar, 12th/Candelaria)

8pm, The Show (The Box Performance Space, 100 Gold Avenue SW)

8pm, The Show (The Box Performance Space, 100 Gold Avenue SW)

V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015


Can Courtney Be On a Podcast?

Yes. Yes she can.

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
Mandee Johnson


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

V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Eddie Izzard

Comedy Matters

Perfectly Sculpted

Eddie Izzard and the political formation of comedy

Comedian Eddie Izzard provides more than a trickle of awareness.
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