FAIRFIELD — Comedy returns Thursday to downtown Fairfield.
Less than three weeks after a fire destroyed the building that housed Pepperbelly’s, the shows will go on just a few blocks away at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, featuring Rex Navarrete.
“This will bring more people in that may never have been in the building before,” said Dae Spering of the Downtown Theatre Foundation for the Arts, which oversees the theater.
Stepping forward and offering the space was a no-brainer, she said.
“I have a stage and they needed one. If it was the other way around, they would have done the same,” she said.
“It’s really good. She’s trying to help us out,” said Taran Dhanoa, who runs Pepperbelly’s.
Dhanoa is wrapping up agreements with comics Bill Bellamy and Tommy Davidson for shows in March and April.
Spering isn’t the only one lending a hand. The Buckingham Charter School Glee Club moved up its show 30 minutes early so Navarrete could perform two shows in one night.
She wants to see more community groups use the building, saying it is open for the community.
“It’s exciting for us to see another piece of the community puzzle in this place,” she said.
Food and drink will be sold during the comedy shows.
Navarrete was encouraged by his Asian-American college professor to give stand-up a try. He is known to play up the Filipino-American angle in his shows. Navarrete was born in the Philippines. He has been doing comedy for almost 25 years.
In a 2010 interview with the Daily Republic, Navarrete compared stand-up comedy to doing human behavior research.
“You have to be a sociologist,” he said.
He’s released four CDs and three DVDs.
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