The last time Nate Bargatze was in New Mexico, he did his own “Breaking Bad” tour.
“I downloaded it from Google, and it showed you all the places like the car wash and stuff,” he says in an interview. “Months later, it was still loaded onto my Google Maps and I couldn’t get it off. A piece of New Mexico came along with me.”
All kidding aside, Bargatze is excited about coming back to Albuquerque for his “Good Problem To Have” tour. He’ll perform a show on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Kiva Auditorium.
“Valentine’s Day weekend is perfect for comedy,” he says. “Who wouldn’t want to come?”
The 40-year-old comedian has been riding a high since the release of his Netflix comedy special, “The Tennessee Kid.”
He’s also appeared on specials on Comedy Central, and he’s appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He was also mentioned by New Mexico native Marc Maron as a “comic who should be big” in Rolling Stone.
Bargatze has also completed a new hour of comedy, which has been recorded and will air later this year.
“Once you tape it (the comedy), you have to start generating new material,” he says.
Bargatze’s comedy comes from his daily life.
“You open your brain up to think of new material,” he says. “You become more aware of everything. Like if me and my wife get in a fight, I begin to start generating some sort of content. It does take a few months to get everything just right. It’s also evolving on a constant basis.”
Although Bargatze is open to material that’s funny, he tries to keep it PG without touching on politics.
“I don’t think of that stuff for my comedy,” he says. “I try to be a break from the daily news. It’s just not what I want to do. There are a lot of comics that do it. I tend to shy away from that stuff. I want an audience to laugh with me or at me. I’m trying to be that entertainment to take you away from the rough world.”
Bargatze has learned over the years to trust his instinct and welcome inspiration in whatever form it may take.
“I’ve never sat down and written word for word,” he says of his process. “I put it in my phone, and I think about it all day. I’m never really off because I’m always open to new material coming into my life. In a sense, I’m writing at every moment in my day.”