Stand-Up Utah will invade the Egyptian Theatre
A pod of stand-up comics will invade the Egyptian Theatre when Keith Barany Entertainment presents Stand-Up Utah on Thursday, Oct. 9.
The funnymen featured will include Patrick Ramirez, Spence Roper, Jackson Banks, Jay Whittaker, Spencer King and Wallace Fetzer.
Barany, who was a writer for the TV show "Seinfeld," will serve as the evening’s emcee.
Patrick Ramirez said he is looking forward to the show.
"To be part of this show is unique because this is the first time I’ll be able to perform at the Egyptian Theatre," Ramirez said during an interview with The Park Record. "There are a lot of funny people who are going to be part of the show. So, I think it will be a great opportunity to have a good time and enjoy the stand-up medium.
It’s also Ramirez’s first time performing in the Wasatch Back.
"I’ve performed all over the Salt Lake Valley so I’m looking forward to getting up there," he said. "I think it’s going to be a fun experience not only for the audience, but for all of us as well."
Throughout the night, each comic will get 10 to 15 minutes on stage.
"That’s a good time for us to get into some stuff and let the audience know who we are," Ramirez said. "It will allow us at least to do a brief introduction."
Ramirez grew up in El Paso, Texas. He got into comedy just to see if he could do it.
"Initially it did start off as a hobby, and I think most of us, at least in my case, go up to see what it’s all about and that’s probably as far ahead as we think," he said. "Then after you do that for a few times, you find you want to dig your heels and see what else you can do, but, yes, I think the first time you try, it’s to see if you can actually do it, and speak publicly in front of people without losing it."
After he did a few open-microphone sessions, Ramirez found he enjoyed making people laugh.
"I was able to decide if I liked it and, not only that, I found that I liked the stuff involved in the whole thing," he said. "I liked seeing the other performers. I liked taking in the whole crowd, because I found I was in front of a different crowd each and every time I went on stage."
Ramirez learned what he needed to do as a stand-up comedian by taking time to watch others as they took the stage and observing how they delivered their jokes.
"I had comics I liked on the big picture, including people who are well-known nationally," he said. "But locally, there were people I saw from going to all the shows in town. I began seeing familiar faces and saw how they made their jokes better each time they performed. I began to see different perspectives and admired them from afar at first, and then started becoming friends."
watching the others in the local comedy community, Ramirez found a safe way to differentiate himself from the others.
"You need to find your own voice," he said. "Personally, I think the best stand-up is yourself and what you say from your perspective."
In order for that to work, Ramirez said he needed to feel comfortable with himself.
"To do that, you have to go up and do a lot of reps which means you need to get up in front of crowds a lot," he said. "You need to get in front of people who don’t know you. You need to deliver to a crowd that’s cold or dead and sometimes it helps to get up in front of a crowd that’s hot.
"That’s when people in the audience start to recognize you from what you talk about or how you approach their craft," Ramirez said. "You hear many people say, ‘There’s the guy who talks about dating.’ Or ‘There’s the guy who uses props,’ you know? If you ask me what I talk about I would say I talk about how I see the world and put all of that in a funny context."
Still, there is no easy road to becoming a stand-up comedian, he said.
"I think it’s kind of weird that people want to do it, because you lose more than win and you find yourself asking many times why you stuck with it," Ramirez said with a laugh. "But it’s about the few good leads. You find that you will show up next time or you will rewrite something that works and that keeps it going."
Things have picked up for Ramirez during the past four years.
"I got to open for Rob Schneider this summer and that was really fun," he said. "Anytime you can almost appear with a well-known name in comedy, you feel kind of good about yourself and in that world.
"My goals in the market I’m living in is to make the next jump," Ramirez said. "It’s like working in the mail room and you work your way up to secretary and then assistant. I would like to build more time with my act and open for bigger names who come to town."
Keith Barany Entertainment will present Stand-Up Utah at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $28 and are available by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.
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