"I started as professional heckler," says comedian Donnell Rawlings when asked about how he got into standup. "I was working at a grocery chain as a security guard." Co-workers invited him to go to a comedy club. "I was heckling the comedians, and I started to become pretty popular as a heckler. The club owner didn't really appreciate it too much, and he challenged me to go onstage, so I did. I lit it up, and haven't looked back since." During performances Rawlings talks about his life, while also dabbling in current events. The latter, he says, offers a unique challenge. "It really forces you to keep your comedy fresh," he explains. "Certain topics in politics will always be funny. You can probably do George Bush jokes forever, but with current events everything changes so fast it forces you to change." When he's not onstage, Rawlings can easily be entertained by passersby. "I'm a people-watcher," he says. "I could go outside and just sit on a park bench and watch how they interact with each other. I think the average person on the street is funnier than most standup comics." 18+; 21+ later shows.
June 3-6, 8 p.m.; June 4-5, 10:30 p.m., 2010
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