'Last Comic Standing' winner headlines Reno venue
After 16 years of stand-up comedy, various television appearances and two movies, Felipe Esparza walked away with the title prize on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He starred in and produced his first one-hour special, “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You“, for Showtime.” He is bringing his raw, real-life comedy that audiences can relate to to Reno Tahoe Comedy April 21-23.
“Over the years, I’ve noticed so many changes in all the neighborhoods around me," he said. "Gentrification starts to happen and bad neighborhoods start to become good, but I like to show the other side of it: The guy who hasn’t changed and probably never will. I have a joke that kind of shows that. It starts off, ‘I know I’m not a tough guy, but I’m pretty sure I can beat up everyone who shops at Trader Joe’s.'"
Other television appearances include TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest …,” “Comics Unleashed,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey,” Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders,” TBS’s “Lopez Tonight” and Galavisión’s first English-speaking show, “Que Locos” (which spurred the careers of both George Lopez and Gabriel Iglesias).
Reno Tahoe Comedy is located at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St. The show is at 8 p.m. April 21, 9 p.m. April 22 and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. April 23. Tickets range in cost from $12-$19. Details: Reno Tahoe Comedy or 775-322-5233.