With headliner Kristen Key, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15, Loonees Comedy Corner, 1301 N. Academy Blvd., $2 Thursday, $10 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 15, with two- item minimum purchase; 8 p.m. Feb. 14, includes show, dessert bar and chocolate fountain; $25-$30 per couple; 591-0707, looneescc.wix.com/loonees#!
A breakup pressed Ed Hill into a new line of work.
The 29-year-old Hill, who was born in Taiwan and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, was about 24, fresh out of university and working as a special needs teacher. His then girlfriend dropped him the day before he was set to propose to her on the Jumbotron at a Miami Marlins playoff game in Florida. He was devastated and started searching for something to take his mind off the drama.
Enter a class on standup comedy.
"I've always been a comedy fan," he says from his home in Vancouver. "I read a lot and knew joke structure. I surprised everybody."
His career gained momentum, and he now performs at comedy festivals and clubs all over the United States and Asia. His resume lists performances on Bite TV's "Stand Up & Bite Me," Comedy Time TV and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Family comes up quite a bit in his act, he says, especially his mom and dad, who always imagined a different path for him.
"My dad wanted me to be a doctor," he says, "and now he says, 'Now you're on stage making fun of me. That's awesome.' It's a weird dynamic I've got going on with my parents. They don't like it, but they post all my stuff all over the Web, like, 'It's kind of cool, but I wish he'd do something else.'"
Hill acknowledges there aren't many Asian standup comedians on the circuit, and thinks it's because of the culture.
"The family value isn't much on the arts," he says. "We place an emphasis on the more traditional professions: doctor, lawyer, engineer. I'm representing a certain demographic for sure, but I don't think I'm going against the stream. I'm showing you can do what other people are doing, despite what color you are. Through that, it's empowerment for others."
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Winter Night Sky for Beginners - 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, $3-$4, reservations required; 520-6745, elpasoco.com.
Royal Southern Brotherhood - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $20-$25; 476-2200, star gazerstheatre.com.