A lot of Love on tap Valentine’s Day at the Empress

By From page B1 | February 07, 2014

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Jason Love

FAIRFIELD — Ask Jason Love what a guy with his last name is doing in a Valentine’s Day show and he’ll tell you it’s the one day of the year he gets to cash in.

“It’s the only day my name is valuable,” he said in jest. “Some people see my name and they don’t even look into my history to make sure I’m a good comic.”

Love is one of the comics performing Valentine’s Day at Vallejo’s Empress Theatre. The seven comics will bring their own views on love and romance while having a little fun at Cupid’s expense.

Married, divorced, single or dating, the show will cover them all, said producer Rhonda Lucile Hicks.

Love said he would handle the other comedians with “an iron fist” and “approve every joke.” He was just kidding. He really wants to hang out with them backstage.

Love left the world of print journalism to stand on stage in front of strangers in hopes of making them laugh. Love’s humor column, “So It Goes,” has appeared in more than 50 publications, ranging from The Ventura County Star to Funny Times. The column won an award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

“I love to write,” Love said. “I still do. I tried to do both (comedy and writing). I felt like I had two different feet in two different boats and I had to jump into one boat.”

Love is the man behind Snapshots Cartoons featured on his website. The daily cartoons take a lighthearted look at life. One shows a group of nuns folding laundry with one picking up clothing off the floor.

“I’ve been picking up a lot of dirty habits around here,” reads the caption. Another features two young boys walking down the sidewalk. One discovers a coin. The other remarks, “Pennies aren’t lucky anymore. Inflation. You gotta find at least a nickel . . .”

He can’t really pinpoint the inspiration for them.

“I’d like to say I beat them out of a clown in the basement,” he said in jest.

The Southern California resident gets his biggest chuckles from Brian Regan. Mitch Hedberg and Wanda Sykes also make him laugh.

He loves Northern California audiences and would love to live in the area. Attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, showed him a new culture.

He returned to Los Angeles for work.

“I was back in the beehive,” he said. “It’s got a Mad Max survivalist feel. I spent six months trying to figure how I was going to move up to Northern California.”

Love is looking forward to hearing the other comics talk about love. His act will center more on how his girlfriend puts up with him.

“I’m more of a girl than she is,” he said.

Also on the bill are Ngaio Bealum, Robin Cee, Tom Davenport, Ben Feldman, Liz Grant and Maggie Newcomb.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Valentine’s Day Comedy Show

  • 8 p.m. Feb. 14
  • Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo
  • 552-2400
  • www.empresstheatre.org
  • www.jasonlove.com
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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