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
Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Presents: Rotgut
When Alibi film editor Devin D. O’Leary (yup, that’s me) isn’t busy writing about movies or talking about movies on “KASA-2 Style” or hosting Midnight Movies at the Guild Cinema, he occasionally finds time to actually make them. Recently he (that is to say “I”) wrote and produced the horror-comedy Rotgut. Shot right here in Albuquerque with a local cast and crew, the film is finally getting its long-awaited World Premiere. The low-budget gala event will take place this Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) starting at 10:30pm. Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 students. The cast and crew will be there to participate in a post-film Q&A/
Midnight Movie Madness: Kiss of the Damned
If you like your vampires sexy, bloody and entirely without sparkle, come on by Alibi Midnight Movie Madness this weekend for a bracing bite of old-school erotic horror courtesty of Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Vampire. The film, a modern-day tribute to the Euro-style films of Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Nude Vampire) and Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, A Virgin Among the Living Dead), will screen at 10 p.m. and midnight this Friday and Saturday at Guild Cinema. Stranger Factory will be there handing out door prizes. Get on over there and get your tickets, vampire lovers!
Showgirls 2 @ Midnight Movie Madness
Did you know there’s a sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 trash classic / object of cult worship Showgirls? Sort of. Rena Reffel, who plays the ditzy stripper Penny in that film, got tired of waiting for somebody to make a sequel—so she went out and wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven. It’s exactly as good as you think it is. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer. We’ll be screening it at Alibi Midnight Movie Madness this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at Guild Cinema. See you there. Bonus points if you show up in stripper attire, by the way.
Alibi Midnight Movie Madness: The FP
If you’re in the mood for some retro-’80s ridiculousness this weekend, Alibi Midnight Movie Madness presents The FP at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. This energy-crazed parody manages to combine the best clichés of ’80s direct-to-video dance flicks and post-apocalyptic action films. In the southern California wasteland of Frazier Park, gangs of bandana-wearing baddies battle for their turf using an ancient video game called Beat Beat Revelation. It’s The Warriors meets Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Check out the bombastic trailer above. Showtimes are 10:15 and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Midnight Movie Madness
FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos
Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness returns to the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill this weekend for some more Japanese anime action. On Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, starting at 10:15, we’ll be screening Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. This spin-off of the popular sci-fi/fantasy manga/anime series sends the Elric brothers on another perilous quest to find a solution to their continuing woes in a world ruled by magic. Check out the trailer for some slick animated action.
Alibi Midnight Movie Madness comes to the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill this Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m. and Midnight. We’re screening Jorge Michel Grau’s freaky Mexican import We Are What We Are. This disturbing yet blackly comic fable tells the story of a family of cannibals just trying to make it work in modern-day Mexico City. Seven bucks gets you in the door. Five bucks if you’re a Burning Paradise Video Club member.
Midnight Movie Madness
We’re doing something this weekend at Alibi Midnight Movie Madness that we don’t do very often. We’re bringing back a favorite film. Why? Well, because actress Whitney Moore from Birdemic: Shock and Terror is in Albuquerque working on a low-budget feature. To welcome her to the Duke City, we’re bringing back James Nguyen’s epic masterpiece of awful filmmaking, Bridemic. if you haven’t seen this film, you need to. It will change your life. If you have already seen it, you know what I’m talking about, and you’ll be back for more punishment. Whitney will participate in a Q&A, spilling secrets about the making of this cult sensation. Screenings will take place at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24. Tickets are a mere $7 and available at the Guild Cinema box office.