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Comedian Gabriel Rutledge will perform his stand-up routine at Bailey's Thursday night at 9 p.m.
It was during an open mic night in Seattle, Washington 13 years ago that Gabriel Rutledge made his career debut as a comedian.
“I was absolutely terrified,” Rutledge said of the experience. “I made my wife go with me, and her reaction when it was over was ‘that was pretty good, I thought it was going to be like that time you did karaoke.’ So that was my first intro to show business: better than karaoke.”
Rutledge has been doing comedy ever since. What began as something he thought he would do just for fun turned into a career that has landed him top prize at the Seattle International Comedy competition and an appearance on Comedy Central’s television show “Live at Gotham.”
“I had no aspirations as a career in comedy, it was just a bucket list thing, like going bungee jumping or something,” Rutledge said, noting that being a comedian is more fun then his previous occupation delivering pizzas. “But you know, you get those laughs and you start coming back. It gets to you.”
Rutledge says one of the things he loves the most about comedy is that the response from the audience is instantaneous.
“It’s so immediate, I think of a joke I try it out, people laugh or they don’t laugh,” Rutledge said. “It’s such an immediate response, they are so few things that are like that. You don’t get that directing movies, you don’t get that writing. You get addicted to that, and in some ways it ruins you in other aspects of life because you become so used to that instant gratification.”
Over the years Rutledge has experienced all sorts of different audiences, both good and bad.
“For the most part, any time people are going to a comedy show, it’s pretty decent, but every once in a while you get put in a weird situation,” Rutledge said. “I did a show in an old folks home once. I don’t want to be mean but most of them didn’t even know I was there. It was so bad, it was just hysterical. I’ve had people leave shows before, but when they do it in a little rascal scooter going half-a-mile an hour, it’s different. That sound (of the scooter) haunts me. Even during the show I was just laughing.”
Rutledge will make his Saskatchewan debut Thursday in Prince Albert at Bailey’s at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Describing his comedic style as “autobiographical,” Rutledge says his comedy will please any adult audience.
“I do talk about my kids and my wife a lot, but even if you don’t have a wife and kids it’s still amusing, you don’t have to be a parent to enjoy it,” Rutledge said.
Though his work has never made him famous, Rutledge is quite satisfied with his career as a professional comedian.
“I’m not a household name or anything, but I’m going to Saskatchewan, that’s not too bad, right?”