Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?
A: Since I can remember I was always interested in artistic expression. My first love was music (guitar), then as an adult I took piano classes and I got into painting. Stand-up is the rawest form of expression that I encountered and the more violent form. I am interested in pushing myself to see where I can go. Stand-up is hard but it’s also the only vehicle to articulate and express certain sides of my personality. The side that is coming as I write this is the “boring” side, lol. I want to continue doing stand-up and exploring the possibilities.
Q: Describe your first performance.
A: My first stand-up performance… Fear was involved for sure. I took a class for stand-up and I remember my first “showcase” as part of the class was exhilarating. I remember my jokes not being good but getting laughs anyway, so that kept me going. The laugh is like a recognition and like the audience acknowledging you, maybe not because the punchline was great but because they reward your likability.
Q: Do you have pre-show rituals? If so, what are they?
A: One thing I say to myself is to “lead the audience.” I remind myself that I need to lead people and be confident as a stand-up comedian. I didn’t grow up in this country. I lived in Argentina for almost half of my life so I always feel like a “fish out of the water” and there is an awkwardness to me, so I do need to keep reminding myself that it’s ok to lead and go for it. I remind myself that I need to commit 100% to my performance.
Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?
A: Great question. The spot where I have done the most sets and the roughest is my favorite. Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn. I got heckled plenty of times but it’s a real blue collar audience. We get people of Mexican heritage there as well and I get to mix some Spanish, so I get to show all of my arsenal. Half of the time I bring my acoustic guitar and improvise songs based on what is happening in the room. At Cigars and Stripes I killed a lot more than I bombed. So yes, Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn, IL is where I feel most comfortable doing stand-up and 90% of the time it’s great fun.
Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?
A: I host and produce the podcast “Love and Laughs with Ramiro,” which is about love and dating and currently I am producing a run at Second City in May called “Tight Five Monsters,” 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 and 6/1 at Judy’s Beat Lounge at Second City.
Q: What are three of your favorite things?
A: 1) Romantic physical contact (caresses, hugs, etc). 2) Expressing myself through music. 3) Making connections with humans through stand-up or music. The order may change depending on my life circumstances.
Q: What is your favorite sammich?
A: Gotta go with ham and cheese with mayo on wheat bread. Potbelly.
Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?
A: I don’t know how people perceive me and how someone perceives me depends on the context (dating, comedy, etc). I come across as a nice guy and that is a correct assessment 🙂 I am now trying to allow myself to tell people “fuck you” more. In some cases, telling someone to go fuck themselves is justified. As a nice guy this is not always easy.
Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?
A: Singer songwriter or professional athlete. Might apply for the NBA if comedy doesn’t work.
Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?
A: Currently working on doing 100 sets by June 2019. I want to see if I can do them by April but if I can’t, end of June is acceptable 🙂
Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?
A: Thighs. My thighs are nice, and I like my hair. Is mentioning two being too arrogant?
Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you?
A: Yes, I go by the philosophy that we are here a short time and happiness is important. I think words cannot hurt you. Let them talk. Whatever someone says about you cannot hurt you. I prefer for people to like me but I don’t need people to like me. I need water, food and shelter. The rest is gravy on top. We don’t need a lot to be happy. Most of what we worry about and our anxieties are caused by our value system being out of whack. The most important thing is our capacity to love, not how much money we have. Also, we are here for a short time, let’s not worry unnecessarily.
Q: How will you know you “Made It?”
A: Once I do my 100 sets by April or June (latest) I will have made my goal. It’s something that I can control. I also want to record an album at the end of 2019 with jokes, stories and songs. Success is setting my own goals and reaching them, but I try not to set goals that depend on other people. In comedy I only focus on me. Thanks!
- 02.26.2019 – 20:00 @ Tuesday Ten at Zanies Rosemont (5437 Park Pl.)
- 03.01.2019 – 20:00 @ Kenosha Comedy Club in Kenosha WI (5125 6th Ave.)
- 03.03.2019 – 19:00 @ Little Owl Social Pub in Brookfield, IL (3747 Grand Blvd.)
- Saturdays 05.11-06.01.2019 – 19:30 @ Tight Five Monsters at The Second City (230 W. North Ave.)
- Listen to “Love and Laughs with Ramiro” on iTunes