FAIRFIELD — A dearth of local places for stand-up comedians to ply their craft is what led Kevin Carbajal to, at least temporarily, replace his stand-up comic performer’s hat with a stand-up comic producer’s hat in order to get the Bozos Invade Bozo’s evening of comedy off the ground.
The show at Bozo’s Bandwagon, off Parker Road near Travis Air Force Base, will feature several local and regional comedians with Carbajal as the master of ceremonies.
“This is the first event we will be doing there. We used to perform at Pepperbelly’s, but since it’s gone we are really limited in where we can perform,” Carbajal said. “A friend of mine started an open night at Stars in Vacaville and that’s about it. We are just trying to make a place to show our talents, get our names out there and give people something to do. This took about six months to get going and, hopefully, we can make it a regular thing.”
Carbajal’s own performing career included trying out for the Solano County improv troupe The Rats in the Alley. He didn’t make the final cut because he was “a bit too raunchy for them,” he said. Carbajal took it as a sign that maybe it was time to pursue something on his own and has been facing a crowd with a spotlight, microphone and his own comedic set for four years now.
Stand-up comedian Gavin Myers, who hails from Ione, received top billing at the Bozo’s show.
“I have been doing stand-up for about two and half years now. It’s something I always wanted to do but didn’t have the guts to get on stage until I was, like, 35,” Myers said. “I was addicted from the very first time.”
Myers’ trademark Mohawk haircut is not a gimmick. He had it years before he began telling electronically amplified jokes to comedy patrons.
“I have had Mohawks since I convinced my parents at age 12 to let me get my first one,” Myers said. “It was always Mohawks and mullets.”
When looking back at comedians who inspired him to pursue his dream, Myers, who has been known to use colorful language onstage himself, pointed to the man who originated the classic 1972 monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”
“George Carlin is definitely my favorite. The guy was a genius. I like comedians (who) are off-center and Carlin always had a different way of looking at things and was not afraid to say things that others might not say,” Myers said.
Myers has performed all over the West Coast. Second only to his love of coming off stage after a great set is his love of traveling. He enjoys being in the moment onstage and “messin’ with the crowd.” As the Bozo’s show is his first as headliner, Myers is about the opportunity to showcase his talents.
“It’s a great mixture of comedians with different styles. Since it’s my first as a headliner, I am going to bring the most outrageous show I can and I know the other guys will, too,” Myers said.
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Bozos Invade Bozo’s
Featuring Gavin Myers, with special guests Big Chuckllz, Chadd Marty Beals, Gwendolyn Shreve Pol and Chris Reynolds
Hosted by Kevin (KC) Carbajal
8 p.m. Wednesday
Bozo’s Bandwagon, 586 Parker Road, Fairfield