Lisa Landry gets huge laughs at Hess

John Seiler/Sun Star Reporter
March 26, 2013

Lisa Landry, an acclaimed comedian with her own half-hour special on Comedy Central, tells an "I hate my soon to be ex-husband" joke to her laughing audience in the Hess recreation center on March 20, 2013. The Student Activites Office brought her up to Fairbanks for the Bust-A-Gut comedy series. Cordero Reid/Sun Star

Lisa Landry, an acclaimed comedian with her own half-hour special on Comedy Central, tells an “I hate my soon to be ex-husband” joke to her laughing audience in the Hess recreation center on March 20, 2013. The Student Activites Office brought her up to Fairbanks for the Bust-A-Gut comedy series. Cordero Reid/Sun Star

The Hess Recreation Center hosted another Bust-A-Gut series performance featuring returning comic Lisa Landry and local comics Jerry Evans and Ben Ghalami.

Featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and her own Comedy Central Special, Landry’s raunchy stories of divorce and marijuana use delighted the attendance. Landry also had fun jabbing at certain people in the crowed who took it in strides.

Landry talked about how working with the crowd is her favorite part of a show. “Every crowed is a little different. You can tell the crowds that want to be played with and it makes it more special,” Landry said.

With Wednesday’s performance, this was Landry’s third time performing in the city and spoke why she loves to perform in Fairbanks. “It’s just that the people are amazing, everybody is super friendly and it’s gorgeous here.”

Landry brought up what young comics should do to break in. “Just get up where ever you can and out however many times a week you can until being on stage feels like talking to friends.”

Local comic Ben Ghalami was the opening act for Lisa Landry and helped warm up the crowd. The 21-year-old comic has been performing shows for the last five years at venues in Fairbanks from the College Coffee House to Open Mic Nights in Hess Rec.

Ghalami, his first opening in three years, thought his performance went better then before. “It went really well. The crowd was a lot smaller so the response wasn’t as big as I liked, but I did a lot of old jokes they seemed to like.”

The last two shows that have happened in the Hess Rec Center have brought in smaller crowds of over 30 people.  “I think if people realized the calibers of a comic were being up here.” Jerry Evans, head of alaskacomedy.com said sited that in the past, he’s brought up at the time up-and-comers Louis CK, Doug Benson and Craig Robinson and that you may not know there name now, but you may know it six months from now. “It would be nice to get the word out that for people to realize that for $5 or what ever it is, whether you’ve heard of the person or not, it’s certainly worth a trip to the Hess Rec Center.” said Evans.

Landry also had high praise for Student Activates. “I love how enthusiastic your Student Activates Board is. They really work hard and it is a really good venue,” Landry said.

The next comic in the Bust-A-Gut Series will be Lachlan Patterson. Patterson has  appeared on Tosh.0, FX’s Legit and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Patterson will perform Apr. 17. The location is still being determined. 

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