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V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Five Star Motelles
Process of Illumination: Photography by Minie

Music Interview

Five Star Motelles Stun

New record defines solid sound

By Geoffrey Plant
Is there anything scarier, more emasculating and generally terrifying than a bunch of chicks rocking the fuck out?
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
Noah Babcock

Feature Interview

People in Your Neighborhood

Noah Babcock, professional piercer

By Renée Chavez
We talk to Noah Babcock about blood and metal.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

Music Interview

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Bring the doo, the wop and the weird to Burque

By Geoffrey Plant
King Khan is a consummate front-man whose guitar and vocals, combined with his wild stage presence, bring The King Khan & BBQ Show to a seldom-accomplished level of trash rock weirdness. Weekly Alibi spoke with Khan from his home in Berlin where he was preparing for the “Nipples and Bits” Tour supporting their new album Bad News Boys.
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People in Your Neighborhood

Talking fact and fiction with a ghost hunter

By Renée Chavez
Renée Chavez talks to Cody Polston, who has been investigating hauntings for 25 years.
V.24 No.40 | 10/1/2015

Feature Interview

The People In Your Neighborhood

Beth Wright-Smith, balloon pilot

By Renée Chavez
She tells us about piloting the Wells Fargo stagecoach, landing a balloon in the back of a truck, and more.
V.24 No.39 | 9/24/2015

Music Interview

An Adventure in PoMo Recording

Local Songwriting Duo Jams

By August March
Mark Godwin and Jeff Farrow create ambitious, ornate pop with far-reaching possibilities.
V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015
Leaf guy
Tasha Lujan


The People in Your Neighborhood

Your friendly local dealer

By Renée Chavez
We talk to an anonymous weed dealer about the realities of his profession.
V.24 No.34 | 8/20/2015
Robert Maestas

Feature Interview

These are the People in your Neighborhood

Judith Rauchfuss, artist

By Renée Chavez
Judith Rauchfuss talks about masks and the need to create art.
V.24 No.27 | 7/2/2015
Paul Bostaph


Slayer of Time

Legendary drummer rejoins band, rocks the fuck out

By August March
August March talks to a Paul Bostaph about his return to Slayer.
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V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015
Space Garbage Man
Robert Maestas


The People in Your Neighborhood

Dr. Moriba Jah, Space Garbage Man

By Renée Chavez
Dr. Moriba Jah tracks and monitors space debris at Kirtland Air Force Base.
V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015
Ellen Harry and Brianna Stallings


A New Hope

Ellen Harry talks about her experience being out and trans*

By M. Brianna Stallings
Ellen Harry speaks with Brianna Stallings about the clarity of HRT, the stickiness of terminology surrounding the trans* experience, how her coming out has been received and her hopes for the future.
V.24 No.22 | 5/28/2015
Snake Lady
Robert Maestas; photo by Jeff Bidewell

Feature Interview

Dr. Anne Key

Occupation: Former High Priestess

By Renee Chavez
Renee Chavez interviews Dr. Anne Key, former High Priestess
V.24 No.21 | 05/21/2015
Mandee Johnson


Comedy Matters

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
The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE)
Monday June 1 10:30 pm $5

V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Kimo Licious

Music History

An Interview with Kimo, Pt. II

By August March
Kimo Licious tells historian August March more about the Burque music scene.
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.”

David Koechner
The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo
Thursday, May 21, 7 and 9:30pm
$15-$35 Ages: 21+

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