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The last five years living in Southern California was a dream. I left my job making steady money as a traveling technician. Chasing a dream I ended up working for a marketing firm in action sports, with clients like Flow snowboards, Nidecker Snowboards, SIC paddleboards and Rusty Surfboards.
My auld roommate had finally dragged me to my first stand up comedy open mic. That waterfalled into a life changing moment of chasing mic after mic. That first open mic at the American Comedy Co, led to the first open mic at The Office in North Park. That led to the next bar mic… to the next mic, to the next club, to the next city… and so on. All the way to getting regular spots at the Comedy Store in La Jolla.
If you told me when I started comedy, that one day I’d be getting regular spots at The Comedy Store in La Jolla (Albeit a short stint with the Best of San Diego), I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Then as I was starting to plan my life in San Diego… an offer I couldn’t refuse came from Las Vegas. Life is funny like that. Who knew I would leave a dream scenario in San Diego and chase another dream in Sin City.
Why did I leave Southern California?I was offered a job working with Remedy Cannabis and Silver Sage Wellness in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s kind of funny how all the things my guidance counselor told me in high school to stop doing (smoking pot and hanging with hooligans) actually led to a steady career path that ended up being more lucrative than San Diego City School District provides most teachers.
Excited to assault Vegas with my thoughts, rants and takes. I’m locked and loaded with a steady fuel supply from Nevada’s best cannabis and cannabis products, getting the creative juices flowing. This year is going to be huge, I can feel it. I have a lot of projects in the works. So as a result. I’m going to do a better job of updating my stand up show dates, blogs and events.
So here I am in Las Vegas. It’s been a decent transition. Roberto’s Taco Shop is a chain out here, so the carne asada is passable. It’s not 100+ yet, so I’m not hating life… yet. I’ve had a few gigs around town already. Finally got my first casino show at Planet Hollywood under my belt. Comedy and cannabis… who knew it’d be a way of life eventually.
Until then, I’ll see you out on the mics in Las Vegas. Thank you very little.
Here are a couple of my upcoming shows for this month. I host both of these rooms, a bar mic in San Diego at JP’s Pub and I just landed the Red Lantern + Club REDD gig. Both of these shows happen monthly. The shows are a solid rotation of some the funniest comics I have been so fortunate enough to meet along the way. If you are in Mammoth Lakes, CA on Saturday February 7th or San Diego on February 8th, stop by for some laughs. See you there. Thank you very little.
Thank You Very Little – Stand Up Comedy
Ryan Mirvis, Sandy Guerrero, Emily Allyn & Randy Villarba
Mammoth Lakes, CA- Saturday February 7th
Two shows: 7pm at Red Lantern (Free), 10pm at Club Redd (Uncensored set, $15 gets club entrance w/ DJ RodneyO)
Thank You Very Little #8 – Stand Up Comedy
Cory Leroy, Jason Cheny, Robert Timothy, Cameron Dyson, Jessica Barnes, Jimmy Wolpert, Brandon Jeddi & Randy Villarba… plus some special guests.
San Diego, CA- Sunday, February 7th
8:00pm FREE SHOW
This Saturday, January 24th I am heading up to my old haunts of the Eastern Sierra, telling jokes with my comic brother Jim Hayes at June Lake Brewing in June Lake, CA. Hayes and I have been hitting the comedy mics in Southern California; The Comedy Store both in Hollywood and La Jolla as well as all the other clubs and bar mics. This stand up comedy show is actually June Lake’s first stand up show I’ve been told. Thank you Sarah for helping set this up.
The show starts at 4:00pm, it’s FREE.
131 South Crawford Avenue
I was only a couple months into my stand up comedy voyage when a fellow comic suggested I enter the Mad House Comedy Club’s San Diego’s Funniest Person Contest for 2014. I think it was 100 comics, I made it to the WILDCARD round. In my first year I was able to slide into the top 24 if I sucked the hardest that night I got eliminated from the contest. I’ll take that. Not to bad for punk rock. Here’s a clip from that competition. This was March 2014.
At this point I had finally started to discover the open mic circuit here in San Diego. After a while I was up to 10-12 mics a week between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Inland Empire. 2014 was my rookie season and I was shooting for the net with every shot I had off the bench, whether it be open mics, booked shows, contests, bringer shows and even picking the Karaoke song with a long music break to slide one or two in… I was hungry. Los Angeles and OC started to work there way into the mix more as I started to meet more and more comics. Then my Uncle Joey reminded me…
“It’s not a sprint… it’s a marathon.”
Thank you very little,
Mr. Peabody’s Comedy Night, Encinitas, CA Hosted by Heather Marie Zagone and Dan Bublitz, Jr. – January 13th, 2015
This evening after dinner I drove up with fellow comic Oliver Bascos from downtown to Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas. I had to take that cat up here to North County as this has very quickly become one of my favorite bar mics for stand up comedy. It starts at 9:30pm on Tuesdays, which works for those nights I want to see if the new jokes sink or swim. The evening is hosted by the lovely Heather Marie Zagone and the even lovelier Dan Bublitz, Jr.
I received a few smiles and congratulations on the set. The cute redhead sitting up front ended up being there with her girlfriend. How do I know they were lesbians? Well… they proceeded to make out during Bryant Fauss’ set. I was trying my best to listen to Fauss’ set… but I have a thing for non ginger red heads. I was listening, but the girls groping & kissing in the front row was distracting. On the drive back downtown, Bascos told me that Mr. Peabody’s Comedy night reminded him of the old Rich the Stitch bar mics that used to be in Oceanside… which was before my time.
I listened to my set on my shitty iPhone when I got home. I had warmed the crowd up pretty good, then I tried one of my new jokes. Listening to it… I realized completely forgot the closing tag on the new joke. There will be another comedy mic to fix that, I know… but the new joke will have to wait until then… definitely needs some work (they always do), or did I misread the crowd. These are the things that go through my head as I lay down and try to go to sleep. Insomnia and odd sleep patterns have been with me, as far back as I can recall. This is nothing new.
Time: 7 minutes-ish (I’m not sure, I was lost in Zagone’s eyes… or the light)
Thank you very little,
Listening to the my spot on Comics Talk Comedy, I noticed a few glaring mistakes in a few things I said. I wanted to correct them to straighten the record. I think it was the hangover, mixed with the nerves. I just wanted to make a few post edit corrections.
The book I had mentioned was the War of Art by Steven Pressfield, not the Art of War by some Laotian guy (What ocean?). A must read for those experiencing artistic resistance.
I said the Comedy Kumite Show was at Til Two when it is at The Kensington Club. My apologies to Gordon Downs, Robert Timothy and Damian Mercado for mixing that up.
I also made up a fun drinking game on this episode of Comics Talk Comedy. Every time I say “actually” or start a sentence or tangent with the word “no.”
Or at least corrections to things I had said. I was asked to name my favorite comics and mentioned, being a soccer fan, that I actually had a starting 11. I recounted as I listed them, that I only named ten comics. I had mentioned 1980′s Eddie Murphy earlier, but failed to mention him on the list. If you add Murphy to the lineup, you will have my starting 11.
In alphabetical order, the list of my main influences are Dave Attell, Bill Burr, George Carlin, Joey Diaz, Greg Giraldo, Bill Hicks, Jim Jefferies, Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, Patrice O’Neal, and Doug Stanhope.
“Great lineup… A lot of dark tragedy in that lineup,” said Jesse Egan. “You are a serious minded fellow Villarba.”
To that I replied, “That it is just the comedy that I gravitate to.”
To listen to the entire interview I did on WSRadio’s Comic’s Talk Comedy with Jeff Bilodeau & Jesse Egan click: HERE or the image below.
I hope you enjoy the radio show. It definitely gives you a glimpse into the comedy act I am creating. Cheers!
Thank you very little,
Curious about who my comic influences are? Did you know about the ska band I toured the US with as a teenager? This past weekend I was interviewed by Jeff Bilodeau and Jesse Egan of WS Radio’s Comic’s Talk Comedy show. Click the link below to catch a glimpse inside my head. Bilodeau was one of the first comics to book me from the open mics of SD, and I have been a longtime fan of Jesse Egan. To be asked to do their podcast was a goal of mine when I started to learn about the San Diego Stand Up Comedy scene. Glad these guys are looking out for us hungry comics, fighting through the circuit and comedy gauntlet.
I’ll write more blogs on this… but until then… enjoy! Thank you again Jeff and Jesse. Cheers!
Thank you very little,
1.8.15 Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room, La Mesa, CA Dustin Jackson’s Comedy Night
Who is this is? We will have plenty of time to dive into the strange thought patterns of my brain. Until then, I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my website. I will be updating this site with all the creative projects, events of interest, news and published writing I am currently working on. You will get the opportunity to see the various projects and causes I believe in. Everything from snowboarding to sports, comedy to tragedy, fiction to fact will be discussed on RandyWrites. Thank you one again. Sit back, have a drink and enjoy the ride. Cheers!
Thank you very little,