But what else are you going to do on a Tuesday?
Seriously though folks, despite the self-deprecating name, the Worst of Both Worlds, featuring local comedians (and sometimes musicians) Johnny Luna and Bobby Smith looks like a bargain. Stand up comedy, musical performances, and a film screening, all for free. Judge the comedy for yourself in the videos below, but we're pretty curious as to why they're literally giving this shit away.
Smith, a San Antonio resident for a decade now, started rapping in middle school, and decided he had a knack for punch lines.
"A lot of my raps were like jokes," he said. "So I thought I might do stand up."
Here's a clip from Smith's act in which he references NWA, then transitions from a racial profiling joke to a dig at himself, something few rappers are willing to do these days.
How many MCs since Biz Markie would admit to driving a Chevy Cavalier or joke about their mom being a cop?
Luna, a 33-year-old Madison High alum, has been playing in punk rock bands since he was 14. He made the switch to stand-up after watching a lame routine on Comedy Central.
"I thought, 'This guy's really not that funny, and he's on TV."
The bit below made me laugh (especially the "it's actually a mule; there's a difference" part), but I'm pretty sure most of it couldn't be broadcast on TV. The scene below contains references to bestiality, so don't watch it at work, unless you work at a donkey show, or the San Antonio Current.
The bi-racial Luna says he also likes to "Play the Mexican angle quite a bit," and though his act contains "some racial slurs" it's "all in good fun."
As a white dude, here's a routine I feel semi-bad for laughing at:
And one that doesn't trigger my liberal guilt:
Smith says he got the title for Tuesday's show from the Jay Z R Kelly collaboration Best of Both Worlds, but the joke behind Worst of is more than a belittling self-directed jab. Luna describes his act as an attempt at "making the unfunny funny," and both comedians use their own lives as sources for the unfunny stuff.
After six years in stand up, Luna took a year and a half off to overcome an addiction he acquired on tour.
"In the comedy world, there's a lot of drug interplay," Luna said. "I was kicking a habit I picked up doing comedy."
Something Luna said he discusses in more specific terms in his act. Luna, whose mother died last month, said comedy is his way of coping with life's difficulties.
"If you can't laugh at it, it'll get you."
While Luna struggled with the temptations of growing popularity on the comedy scene, Smith took his own break from standup when the struggle to make it became too tough.
"I pretty much went rock bottom," he said. "I kind of ran out of money and had a nervous breakdown."
Smith shares a similar philosophy to Luna's, viewing comedy as a means of transforming the negative into something positive and uplifting.
I'm getting sort of bummed out now, so here's Smith spoken-wording it instead:
The show will also feature a guest performance from local comedian/TV personality Cleto Rodriguez (read our article on his new show here) and a screening of this film:
Smith says Tuesday's show will be free for two reasons. First because they're recording it, and a big turn out will look better. And second, for the cheesy sounding but probably genuine (don't they seem like some nice dudes?) reason you probably guessed back when you saw the words "uplifting" and "positive" used unironically:
"We want to give something back to the community," Smith says. "It's a show for the recession."
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