Who Needs Normal?
Since that fateful day in 2003 when he made his debut as a standup comedian at the Improv in Ontario, California, Gus Arredondo has known comedy was his calling. Hearing the audience roar with laughter and the thunderous applause he received from the packed house was his mandate to pursue this new found passion. He spent the next year and half mastering his craft often times performing at 2 or 3 different locations in one night. “I remember in the early days I would do a workout room in Burbank, CA, jump in my car and travel the hour plus drive and do a set in Riverside, CA. and then get in the car again and travel another hour to Orange County to do another set.” He recalls, “on a good night you might hit a work out room and have 30 or 40 people there to watch you, but more often than not your audience consisted of a drunk guy in the back in various states of undress and 5 or 6 other comics who had seen you perform your material hundreds of times and there is no tougher audience than a room full of comics but this is all part of becoming and being a comic and I loved every minute of it.” Between 2003 and 2010, Gus traveled the country and shared the stage with the likes of Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias, Aries Spears, Jon Lovitz, Dane Cook and many others. He went on to establish himself as a solid, high energy comedian with a knack for painting a visual picture with his carefully chosen words. Through his live appearances and social media Gus built a loyal following across the country and loves interacting with the people who come to his shows.
At the end of 2010 Gus found himself road weary and being pulled back home to tend to personal matters. He quietly left the comedy scene believing that part of his life might be behind him. During that time he worked closely with several charities and lived a normal, quiet life enjoying time with his family. Toward the end of 2013 he began getting the itch to perform once again and began writing new material. In the 3 years he was out of comedy he never once set foot in a comedy club perhaps realizing he would want to go back if he did. This was true until October 2013 when he finally went to a show to support his friend and fellow comic Roy Brewster. While sitting at the bar he ran into several comedian friends as well as a few people who remembered seeing him perform. “Everyone was asking; How come you aren’t performing anymore?” It was a question that had been asked countless times since leaving comedy and the truth was he didn’t have a good answer. With encouragement from Roy as well as many of his friends and family he took to the stage on February 2, 2014 at Flappers Comedy Club in Claremont, CA. and there has been no looking back. 2014 looks like it will be busy year for Gus as he fires up this comedy machine again. “All I can say is now that I am back in it, I want to do this bigger and better than ever and when people walk out of one of my shows they are going to be smiling knowing they just saw a great comedy show. “ He adds, “I tried to live normal for 3 years and trust me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be who needs normal anyway?”