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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Julian McCullough has driven through New Mexico – once.

And he stopped in Las Vegas, N.M.

“They were selling a lot of Native American stuff,” he says in a recent phone interview. “I’m looking forward to getting back.”

McCullough is performing tonight at The Stage at Santa Ana Star.

McCullough is a nationally touring comedian and actor.

He is the co-host of “We Have Issues” on E!

He has also appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer” and co-starred with Whitney Cummings on the E! series “Love You, Mean It.”

McCullough says he is developing a pilot for NBC.

“I’m always writing and trying to generate new material,” he says.

He recently sold a comedy special to Comedy Central, and now he’s working on new material.

“It’s great to sell a comedy special,” he says. “The downside is that since it’s recorded, you have to work out new material for the shows that follow. It feels like a race sometimes.”

As McCullough continues to navigate his career, he feels torn between comedy and hosting.

“I like hosting, though being a guest is easier,” he says. “Do I think I found my vehicle yet? I feel like my talents haven’t been used. It takes 15 years to break through in comedy. It should take that long. I’m going on my 15th year, and things are starting to take shape.”

McCullough got his start in comedy when he answered an ad in the college newspaper seeking comedians.

“I was terrible for a long time,” he says. “At this point in my career, being on stage is completely comfortable. I can perform in my pajamas now. But there are moments when you can get scared. I can read a room pretty well, but there’s always something that can go wrong or a joke not land.”