VALLEJO — Don’t expect to hear, “What about those 49ers?” when Mark G comes to Vallejo next weekend. Chances are other Bay Area sports teams won’t be mentioned either.
Audience members won’t get a dose of jokes around the government shutdown, the government health care website or some opines on Obama.
“I won’t discuss things that separate the crowd,” the comic said. That’s what politics and sports do, he added.
“I’ve learned it from experience,” he said. “I just want everyone to have a good time.”
The Sacramento resident will play off the audience at the Fetterly Playhouse. He will improvise but have some prepared material on hand – just in case it’s needed.
Mark G., who doesn’t use his last name professionally, thinks of himself as a disciple of Dave Chappelle.
“When I started doing comedy, my (comedy) coach took me to a Chappelle show,” he said. “After that I pretty much quit college. I knew I wanted to do comedy,”
He started out on open mic nights in San Francisco. He worked with a comedy coach, for a few months prior to taking the stage.
“I was prepared when I got there,” he said his first show.
That was almost 20 years ago.
Mark G. would love to do comedy on Letterman or Leno.
“I’m really living my dream doing stand up,” he said.
His career has also taken him overseas to entertain American troops in Guam, Japan and Korea. Next year, he will head to the Mediterranean for some gigs.
He is the father of two daughters, a 9-year-old and 12-year-old, who becomes a teen on Halloween.
“I’ve told her goodbye,” he said in reference to the transformation to the teen years. “I’m gong to miss her.”
Mark G recently taped an episode of “Stand Up and Deliver” that will air on the American-Latino network, Nuvo TV. He’s also penned a show, “The Good, the Band and the Husband,” he’s pitching to networks.
“The title is so catchy,” he said. “It’s like a song you don’t like but it has a great melody so you keep listening.”
He calls Sacramento home because he “didn’t want to have to give (up) his first born” to purchase a home in San Francisco, he said.
“I’m really excited to do it,” he said of the Vallejo show. “Any time you can do your thing in front of a crowd, it’s exciting.”
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