Variety Nights @ North Coast Rep – Tuesday Night Comics

Live comedy is generally found in city centers, but having it available in a bucolic setting like Solana Beach is a real treat.

On various Tuesday nights (see schedule at link below) Mark Christopher Lawrence gathers three or four comedians to deliver live standup. Lawrence recently had three comedians and a cleverly humorous musician.

Opener Rob Deez used his spare guitar stylings to reveal insights about his hospital job. The infectious nature of his humor was…contagious.

Maria Herman brought her Aussie sensibility to bear on modern topics, and was followed by Trenton Davis. It is evident why Davis has won a clutch of comedy festival awards, his observant riffs on race cross any color lines and his timing is razor sharp.

Headliner Danny Villalpando has appeared on several networks and with the USO. His was the longest act of the evening, and it was evident he was in tune with the audience. His occasional interchanges with the audience led him down different comedic paths.

Lawrence was a genial host, and kept us engaged as he introduced each act. He did not have difficulty encouraging us to return.



Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.