Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Local comic Gabe Dunn keeps it strange, original and funny

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

bccf/1245795439-gabedunn.jpgTonight at Hijinx Comedy Club, local stand-up comic Gabe Dunn will offer his unique view of the world.
Dunn has been performing comedy in Boise for about eight years and part of the impetus behind this show was to help promote local performers, like Danny Amspacher. Dunn said he's watched Amspacher—who works at a liquor store by day and tries his hand at comedy by night—grow as a comic in the short year he's been performing and wanted to get him in front of an audience before he became discouraged.
"[Locals] aren't getting [much] stage time in this crazy little town," Dunn said, which is part of the reason why he put this show together. But it hasn't been easy.
"I went the long way and did my own promoting." Letting out a long breath, he added, "Advertising has been a challenge."
Dunn took posters into local businesses and was told he could put them in the windows only to find them missing a few days later. Dunn said he even had one guy yell an obscenity at him when he asked for permission to hang a poster. While this all sounds a bit disheartening, for a comic, stuff like that makes for great source material. Dunn said it's hard to describe his comedy, but it is unique, whether the day's events make it into a bit or not.
"My stuff is best characterized as 'strictly original.' I want to make sure you've never this stuff before," Dunn said. "In comedy, it's hard to write a joke that hasn't been written before. I'm always trying to come at it from an angle where it might not be set-up, joke, punchline ... maybe I'll do poetry that's off the wall but will still make enough sense to make you laugh."

Tickets are $8 and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call Hijinx at 208-947-7100.

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