Madison has a fantastic comedy scene. There are open mics almost every night of the week (Mondays at the Argus, Tuesday's at Amy's, Wednesdays at Comedy Club on State, first Thursday of every month at Inferno) and my comedian friends tell me that Comedy Club on State is considered one of the best clubs in the Midwest.
I like going to open mics because they're a place where it's safe for new comedians to take risks. They're not there as paid performers, they've only got three minutes, and it's the best place to try out new material with a live audience. I love more formal performances because more established comedians take risks for the hell of it.
I come from an acting background, which means I evaluate comedians not only based on whether or not they can make me laugh, but also on how well they can command a stage, flip in and out of character, and keep me interested when they aren't delivering a punchline. Some comedians write fantastic material but they just don't know how to deliver it. This makes sense; they're two totally different skills, writing and performing, and Gabriel (Fluffy) Iglesias is one of those comedians that kicks butt at both.
Check out this video.
Iglesias switches from two hoochie mammas to a redneck cop to his pot-carrying friend Felipe (talk about risks?) in the the span of two minutes. He's got a distinct voice, stance, and facial expression for each character, and he transitions so flawlessly that I can't keep my eyes off him.
So take it from a Madison comedy lover, an actor, and writer herself. Come see Iglesias on March 3rd at 8 pm at the Wisconsin Union Theater, because this is the kind of comedian that you don't wanna miss.