Big things are about to happen for comedian Al Madrigal—he can feel it. "Jay Leno said it best," he recalls. "'When something doesn't work out, it's just going to take a little bit longer.'" This past summer, Madrigal shot his fifth sitcom pilot, but like previous efforts it was not picked up. "My act is more than ready for mass distribution; it's just getting people to see it. I guess people love seeing a guy they saw on TV, even if that comic's act is horrible. 'Oh yay, Tommy Davidson is here!' If Eva Longoria were out doing comedy clubs, people would flock to it." Those in the know (fellow comedians like Bill Burr, Jimmy Pardo, Marc Maron) recognize Madrigal as one of the country's top performers. Some regard him as a comedian's comedian. "I have had the luxury of being very well-liked by comedians that people know and really respect. That's good." A storyteller, Madrigal talks about the occurrences in his life. "A lot of interesting things happen to me," he says. "I picked up a day-laborer for the first time. One bit of advice: You want to pick one up in the morning so you get a first round draft pick. You don't want to show up in the afternoon when the 'C' team is out there." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Sept. 22-26, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24-25, 10 p.m., 2010