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MHS grad hits valley comedy circuit

Nate Lewis braves the stage for his unique brand of comedy at one of several venues he performs at on a regular basis.

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POSTED February 18, 2010 3:59 a.m.

Nate Lewis likes to think of himself as a funny man.

Not in the “in your face” sort of way that can often get on people’s nerves, but somebody cut from a multi-patterned cloth of comedians that touch on just about every subject and every style.

And like most aspiring comics, Lewis – a 31-year-old graduate of Manteca High School – spends as much time as possible with a microphone in hand in an attempt to build up an audience.

“When I was younger I would draw inspiration from just about everywhere – I had cable in my room as a kid and I would love watching A&E’s Night at the Improv and Montreal’s Just For Laughs. If it was something that made me laugh, it was something that I enjoyed,” Lewis said. “While some of the material has changed over the years, I still love comedy in all forms, and that’s never going to change.”

Along with fellow comedian Joe Rivera and Modesto’s Anthony K, Lewis is emerging as a member of the Central Valley’s version of the comedic Rat Pack – a group of guys that hits the stage just for the love of hitting the stage.

As a former Manteca Idol contestant, there wasn’t a whole lot that scared Lewis when he first stepped up onto the podium with the goal to make an entire room full of people laugh.

But, he says, that doesn’t always happen.

“A lot of people have that fear that they’re going to bomb and that prevents them from getting up there in the first place,” he said. “It’s happened to me before – I’ve not gotten a single laugh from a joke but you just have to roll with the punches.

“It’s going to happen to the best comedians in the world. But to hear somebody laugh at one of your jokes resonates deep in your soul and it’s a high that you’ll never forget.”

Tonight at 8, Lewis will be making a regular performance at the Blackwater Café located at 912 N. Yosemite Street in Stockton. He also has upcoming recurring shows at the Guru located at 950 Oakdale Road in Modesto that begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. And Anthony K hosts a comedy night at Hero’s in downtown Modesto on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

While not everyone is cut out for telling jokes and entertaining, Lewis urges those who harbor just the tiniest inkling to give it a shot and see if they have what it takes to make people laugh and forget about life for a while.

“Especially nowadays, everybody needs to laugh a little bit,” Lewis said. “All of the shows that I do throughout the Central Valley are free, and it’s a great release from all of the bad things that we’re inundated with on a daily basis.

“And as a far as performing goes, I highly encourage it – you might find that it’s something that you love and you might find that the crowd loves you. If not, at least you can say that you tried it.”

Some of Lewis’ comedy bits can be found at www.youtube.com.


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