Growing up in the 80s, I watched every episode of A&E's Evening at the Improv many times. But even after I moved to LA in 2005 to pursue an acting career, I never believed that stand up was something I would ever be able to do. I finally gave it a go in 2009. I lasted about 6 months.
Since then, my love for comedy has only grown and in January of 2023 I started writing again and in April, I started performing. Since getting back on stage, I've performed at The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Flappers, The Ha Ha, The Comedy Chateau, all in the Los Angeles area, as well as Laughs Unlimited in Sacramento and lots of shows with Reno-Tahoe Comedy. I've opened for Erica Rhodes, Marcella Arguello, Adam Ferrara and Matt Knudsen and performed in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, among many others.
My current favorites and biggest inspirations are Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Gary Gulman and Neal Brennan. Their vulnerability, honesty and humor has, I won't say saved my life, but I won't not say it, either. They, and many other comics, have made me feel less alone in the world. And while it's a borderline absurd thing to say, especially as a 51 year old guy with less than a year of experience, my hope is that someday I can do for someone what these comics did, and continue to do, for me.
My comedic style has been described as dry and dark. I don't know if that's true and I can honestly say, as long as it's funny, I don't really care. I do sometimes talk about some dark topics that are very personal to me. Things like my own struggles with depression and anxiety are regular topics in my sets, and on special occasions, I'll go a lot darker than that. Again, hopefully it's still funny.
All that being said, I produce a (about) once a month show in Reno where I invite some of the best comics in LA to share their stuff with us in a small theater setting. You can find more info about that show by clicking this link for Funny Words in Reno tickets and information. Beyond that, check my linktree for other upcoming dates and events.I'd love to see you at a show.
Here's a short bit from my set at the inaugural Funny Words in Reno...