Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, Shane Torres was a comedy fan, but didn’t see any avenue to pursue it as a career in his hometown. Tending bar and partying in his early 20s, he longed for more. “I could see myself doing that forever, and I didn’t want that, so I got in my car and left,” he says. “I went to San Francisco to study music.” He did make it to Northern California, but his plan didn’t work out. “I was going to take voice lessons,” he says, “but it turns out I’m not a very good singer.” While he enjoyed playing in bands in high school, taking it more seriously wasn’t fun at all. A friend told him he should join her in Portland, so he did. There he fell into the same old rut of tending bar and partying, until the night he wandered into a comedy club. Intrigued, he signed up for an open mic. “I got very lucky,” he says. “It changed my life.” Today, he’s logged several TV appearances and headlines clubs across the country.