Agostino Zoida Image courtesy the standup


Agostino Zoida

July 5
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Daily from July 6-7
7 p.m.

Agostino Zoida didn’t have to move to L.A. to become a standup comic; he was already living there. “I’m from Sherman Oaks, born and raised,” he says. However, growing up in Los Angeles, he didn’t have any more of an understanding of show business than a kid in, say, the Midwest. “I was homeschooled and pretty isolated,” he says. “I watched older movies, like Jerry Lewis films, and loved the art of comedy and film. When I discovered standup, I fell in love.” At 18, he worked a steady run of day jobs with the notion of maybe doing comedy. “If I didn’t feel like going to work, I’d tell them I had a show. And I wasn’t even a comic yet.” After getting laid off, he decided to use the situation to his advantage. He set a date and gave himself a month to write material for his first open mic while he collected unemployment. “These days, my set is about my marriage, my family, and a lot of storytelling,” he says. “You’re going to hear a lot about my wife and my thoughts on life.”