Arts & Entertainment

Seattle comic heads to Richland

Comic Vince Valenzuela of Seattle shoots from the lips with a dry, sarcastic wit that pokes fun at himself as well as everyone and everything else on the planet. You can see him in action April 30 and May 1 at Joker's Comedy Club in Richland.

His shtick has been featured on Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh, A&E's An Evening at the Improv, HBO's Loco Slam and USA's Up All Night. He's also a featured comic on the DVD Latino Kings of Comedy, volumes 1 and 2.

Making a living as a comic has a good side and a bad side, Valenzuela told the Herald.

"For me, the best part of comedy is taking an inkling of an idea, ... building it a bit and following your intuition," he said. "Knowing you took it from ground zero to having the crowd in the palm of your hand is very rewarding, along with the groupies. In fact, gay men line up around the block to meet me."

But there's a down side to living out of a suitcase and standing in front of strangers night after night trying to make them laugh. "I dislike the business side of (comedy). It takes the fun out of it for me," he said. "I'm just not the sell-myself, ass-kickin' type. That's somebody else's job. Just throw in Cat Woman and life on the road wouldn't be so bad."

Valenzuela promised he wouldn't make fun of anything radioactive during his shows in the Tri-Cities.

"I really don't take cheap shots at any place, except maybe Spokane. Did you know they beat the Tri-Cities for the highest number of meth labs per capita in the United States?"

Valenzuela's showtime is 8 p.m. Cover is $5 and is open to the 21 and older crowd.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;