by Lorie Lewis Ham
Info on how to win a pair of tickets to this show at the end of the article.
This Saturday the Fowler Chamber of Commerce will be raising money in a unique way–with a comedy show in Selma featuring three different comics, and put together by comedy show promoter Eulalio Magana.
“These comics are extremely funny and highly credited,” said Eulalio. “I was asked to put on the show because my shows are great. Most of the money goes to the Chamber. The chamber also asked for a diverse line up, which goes with my shows already established credo ‘comedy for everyone.’ ”
The show will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Parish Hall in Selma and will feature Bruce Jingles, Mike Muratore, and Aurelio Miguel Bocanegra. Each comic will be bringing his own style and flavor of comedy for the evening.
According to his press release, Bruce Jingles is not a Black Comic; he is a Comic that happens to be black. He may have a perfect name for being a comedian, but that name was more of a curse as a kid. After all, it’s not easy, as Bruce will tell you, to “transition from the sprawling metropolis that is south central L.A. to the hard mean streets of South El Monte.”
But being born in South LA, raised in South El Monte and living in the Inland Empire, have given Bruce Jingles a comedic style that can only occur in suburban southern California. “Growing up, I was always a couple inches taller than the other kids, and when you’re the new black kid in a Mexican neighborhood, there’s never a shortage of other kids trying to prove themselves against you. Add the name Jingles to the equation and you have a recipe for potential disaster! Never mind the fact that I couldn’t fight worth a damn…c’mon man. I had to learn to make folks laugh.”
Always eager to offer insight into everything from the political to the preposterous, Bruce says his material is largely based on personal experiences and observations from being “born in the world in between the comic book store and the local weed house, and all of the other bullshit in between.”
A hardened veteran of the inland club circuit, his So Cal based comedy has taken him literally, all over the world. “The absolutely coolest gigs that I’ve ever done have been the USO gigs,” continued Bruce. “I mean these are the guys that can best appreciate a good laugh.” His work for the USO has taken him to The Balkans, Iraq (twice) and Germany.
Most recently, he was voted Inland Empire Weekly’s “Comic of the year” for a second consecutive year and now presents his headlining act nationally along with film credits that include two Showtime specials, and one more coming soon. In the meantime, catch his sets on YouTube or watch for his next appearance on TMZ. You can learn more on Bruce’s website.
Aurelio Miguel Bocanegra is also from Southern California and discovered his talent for comedy while serving in the military. “Used [it] to make stressful situations funny and made my fellow servicemen and women laugh. Also found humor to be a great icebreaker. Helpful when always traveling and meeting new people,” shared Aurelio.
It wasn’t until summer of 2006 that he knew it was what he was born to do. “I love being able to make a room full of strangers laugh hysterically. No greater feeling.” Aurelio performs regularly at all the major clubs in Los Angeles and at clubs and colleges throughout the US.
Aurelio stated that he covers all kinds of things from love of films, drinking, relationships, being a gentleman, etc. “The broad spectrum of what I go through and see in this world from my incredibly altered perspective.” You can learn more about him on his website.
According to his press release, Mike Muratore has earned his moniker of “The Serial Killer of Comedy” with his brand of raw, in your face, no holds barred comedy. Mike got into comedy in an unusual way, largely because he couldn’t get work as an actor. “I was a casting director and I got into it that way. My boss told me to do it.”
Recently seen performing on TBS Weekend Extra, the Comedy Time Network, Loco Comedy Slam, and even making an appearance on Blind Date, Mike headlines shows regularly throughout the country. When asked to describe his style of comedy he said, “Kind of like Don Rickles on crack.” You can learn more about him by visiting his website.
So if you’re looking to enjoy a night of comedy, you will have quite the variety to enjoy at this big comedy show in Selma on Saturday, October 20, at 9 p.m. at 2441 Dockery Ave. in Selma. Tickets are $12 at the door or 2 for $20 for presale by calling 559-834-9015 or 646-4319. Be warned it is an 18+ show, which includes adult content.
To enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets–simply comment on this article and be sure to include your email address, or email Kings River Life at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com with the subject comedy. A winner will be chosen this Thursday morning and you will have to pick up your tickets no later than some time Friday at Jocy’s Fine Mexican Restaurant at 228 8th Street, Fowler. Phone 559.834.9015