By Lisa Amaya
This Wednesday night will be an exciting one for El Paso comedian Ezekiel A. Carter. He, along with seven other comedians will perform at the third annual El Paso All-Star Showcase. The event will be held from 8-10 p.m. at the El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd. The show is being hosted by Laughterhours Comedy, a local comedy club that began in 2008. Laughterhours comedians perform on a local and national level.
Al Lara, (whose been featured in Life of an El Paso Woman), along with Jake Bonner, Phil Robinet, Joe Rodriguez, Iggy Samaniego, Lee Gary and Beto Armenta (also featured in Life of an El Paso Woman) will perform. The show will be hosted by George White. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at holdmyticket.com Ages 17 and over are allowed at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
“I feel great about performing at the El Paso Comic Strip,” Ezekiel, 24 said. This will be his fourth time performing at the Comic Strip. Ezekiel also performs at various local and regional venues such as Coconuts Bar, Jack’s Beach House and Plush Bar. He recently won a local talent show at Plush Bar. Ezekiel began comedy gigs around two years ago as a dare by friends. He stood up to tell jokes during an open mic at Hiney’s Restaurant in eastside El Paso. Ezekiel was surprised by the response he received.
“I made some stupid jokes, I mean stupid. The guy who was having the open mic told me to come back and take it seriously so I did and I started to enjoy it. I’m still at it.”
Ezekiel has arthogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC). According to the AMC Support web site, AMC is a condition that causes many joints to be stiff or crooked at birth. There are approximately 400 types of AMC. He uses AMC as a basis for his jokes.
“My jokes expose my disability and I can laugh at myself. I also like messing with the crowd, I love crowd work. Sometimes it’s the only way you can get the crowd on your side.”
“We are doing a lot of quality shows all over the city and the response has been great. The audiences are loving the alternative talent that we bring to our stages,”said Jose Saad, marketing director for Laughterhours Comedy in a news release.
“The best part of El Paso All-Star Showcase is the mix between seasoned vets of the comedy scene and the up-and-comers, the kind of showcase that can only be enjoyed LIVE! These type of shows also help local comedians get stage time in front of their local fans and friends”, he added.
Al Lara said he has mixed emotions about performing at the Comic Strip for the first time.
“I am in an emotional roller coaster performing at the Comic Strip because a lot more people I know are coming to this venue. I don’t know if I should feel more pressure performing for close acquaintances or for complete strangers.”
Al added “I’m always excited to perform at a new venue. I also hope this is not the last time I perform at The Comic Strip.” I featured Al and his podcast, “Opulent Works” a couple of weeks ago. Feel free to check it out under the comedy category in the blog.
For more information on Laughterhours Comedy visit www.LHCEntertainment.com The web site features comedy, blogs, videos and an event calendar.
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