ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — T.A. Burrows owes his comedy career to a talent show. Yes, a talent show.
About 35 years ago, Burrows was in the Air Force and his wife encouraged him to do his impressions for the contest.
“I got up on stage then and I’ve never left it,” he laughs. “It was the beginning of everything for me.”
The win led to Burrows winning the Air Force Worldwide Talent Competition, a title that he won five times. He also completed three world tours with the Air Force’s elite entertainment showcase, “Tops in Blue,” and eventually became a regular at casinos in Las Vegas, Nev.
“Being in comedy has allowed me to branch out and try new things,” he says. “I do a lot of acting now, but my first love is comedy and impressions.”
Burrows will be the headlining act at the Xtreme Komedy New Year’s Eve show at Embassy Suites. He will take the stage with comedians Nathaniel Auguston, Jeffrey Candelaria, Pat Jenkins and Ronn Perea.
Burrows says his comedy material comes from everyday experiences.
“There’s so much material to talk about,” he explains. “From marriage to having children, the material is endless. Plus, there are things that happen to friends that always make for fun things to talk about.”
Over the course of his 30-year career, Burrows has shared the stage with Rosie O’Donnell and Bob Hope. He also has opened for musicians such as the Temptations, Patti Labelle, the Pointer Sisters, Brian McKnight and Dave Koz.
“I’ve been blessed with a career where I can entertain people,” he says. “I’ve been able to see the world and do what I love.”