Gabriel Rutledge may share a first name with an archangel, but that hasn't stopped him from getting into trouble since childhood for having a sassy mouth.
"Yeah, you could definitely say I did my fair share of cutting up in school," he said in a telephone interview. "But I never really thought I'd grow up to actually do comedy for a living."
Rutledge headlines a March 4-5 show at Jack Didley's Comedy Club in Kennewick.
He's a homegrown Northwest boy who grew up in Olympia and still calls it home. But he's performed in comedy clubs all over the United States and Canada.
Rutledge never stepped onto a comic stage until he was 27 years old. He used to work as a pizza and Mexican food delivery boy.
"I was pretty successful at those careers," he quipped.
But Rutledge abandoned those jobs after he took a big comic step and entered the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2004.
"I just wanted to try see what I could do, sort of like trying bungee jumping," he said. "It was always on my bucket list. Then when I got the laughs I didn't want to stop."
He ended up winning the competition and has made his living on the comedy circuit ever since.
He was chosen to perform at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas in 2007, and then went on to appear on the Bob and Tom radio and TV shows in 2008. He'll make his fourth guest appearance on Bob and Tom at the end of March.
Ruteledge's appeal could have something to do with his self-deprecating outlook on life, whether it's aimed at marriage, finances, children, in-laws and other silly stuff.
"My shows are pretty much all autobiographical, but there is some off-the-cuff stuff too," he said.
Take his own marriage, for instance. "There is nothing better for a couple than to be out of shape together," he offered. "Eventually you just get to the point where you say, 'Well honey, looks like we've eaten ourselves into a monogamous relationship.' "
Rutledge is candid about most things, except how much he weighs, which he describes as less than his highest bowling score of 252.
His shows are a mix of topics and he rates them as middle of the road when it comes to colorful language and subject matter.
Rutledge has released one CD, Raw Dog, since making a name for himself in comedy. It's often heard on the Comedy Channel on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Show time is 8:30 p.m. March 4-5. Jack Didley's is at 109 W. Kennewick Ave. Cover charge is $7 at the door. The event is open to the 21 and older crowd only.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org