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Funny friends: Podcast hosts Mark Normand, Joe List to perform comedy shows

Mark Normand will perform four shows at The Stage at Santa Ana Star. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star)

Mark Normand and Joe List have arrived in New York City for a show.

It’s cold and snowing, and both are looking forward to getting out to New Mexico for four shows at The Stage at Santa Ana Star.

The performances will be the two comedians’ first in the state.

“I don’t know why it’s taken me so long,” Normand says. “But I’m looking forward to getting to some warmer weather and comedy.”

Normand and List are both successful comedians, although they’re known for the podcast “Tuesdays With Stories.”

Normand says that with podcasting, an audience gets to know who you are.

“The biggest obstacle for me is wanting people to understand what I’m saying,” Normand says. “I want my voice to translate to them. It’s tough. You can be the funniest guy in the world and you’re not going to go anywhere. You have to be the funny guy who translates to an audience.”

List says he and Normand have been friends for a long time.

Joe List will perform with Mark Normand at The State at Santa Ana Star. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star)

“Our friendship was born from a shared love for the TV show ‘Seinfeld,’ ” List says. “We were obsessed with the TV show. The podcast is a tribute to the show. I had the idea for the podcast to be two comics discussing what they had done. I wanted to do this at a diner. It would be a perfect setting. Mark was always the person I wanted to do this with. We have great conversations. Listeners tell us that the podcast does sound like two old friends just talking.”

After years of working in comedy, Normand says, he still doesn’t know what will stick with audiences.

“Just when you think you have something and can’t wait to share it with the world, it fizzles,” he says. “That’s part of the business. It makes it tough, because there are a lot of comedians competing for the attention. I’m trying to be original in everything I do. I draw from life and experiences. There’s really not a topic I won’t head into in a funny way.”

List says there are topics he avoids and certain topics that won’t be on the podcast.

“For the podcast, it’s more reverent topics because there aren’t as many random people. The people listening to the podcast have an understanding of who we are and what we do. For a stand-up show, there are people who are on dates, and I don’t want to be crass or make it awkward for them. I try to take topics that are more broad and work to get an immediate reaction.”

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