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Two veterans of the comedy club circuit will perform Friday night at Marlintini's

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2002

L ife is funny. Comedian Danny Villalpando has been pointing out for years the quirks and goofiness life brings, on Comedy Central, NBC Friday Night and other television comedy shows. As a stand-up comic, he's performed USO shows from Kuwait to Korea.

Friday night, Villalpando and comedian Gary Brightwell team up for a double headline comedy show at Marlintini's Lounge. The two friends have left sunny Los Angeles for a mid-winter tour of Alaska. Each will take the stage for a 45-minute set.

"Me and Gary do pretty clean stuff," he said. "We talk about life. I talk about my experiences, basically something I've been through and had to deal with - like a family reunion and the things that happened. Common experiences - stuff people relate to."

Brightwell also has been on numerous comedy shows and is a veteran of the comedy club circuit. He's opened for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller and Jim Carrey.

The Alaska tour will take them to Nome and Fairbanks. Villalpando has been to Fairbanks - he said his mom used to live there. His connection with the USO also brought him to perform at many of Alaska's military bases.

Villalpando is looking forward to performing in Nome.


"It's a fun gig," he said. "People in Nome are starving for entertainment."

Several years ago, he spent six hours sitting on cargo nets flying over the Aleutians in a military transport for a gig in Attu.

"We played to about 20 guys and they were happy to see us," he said.

Jerry Evans of Comedy North, based in Fairbanks, has set up the tour. He's brought a series of comedians to Juneau this fall for performances at Marlintini's.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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