These days, Danger K Varoz is enjoying working from home.
That is, until he hits the stage with his stand-up comedy.
The Albuquerque resident has slowly been working his way to performing live.
“I don’t know how to feel about it,” he says of in-person shows. “It feels weird, and there’s a strangeness to it. As things start opening back up, there’s a lot to think about.”
With that in mind, Varoz will head out for two shows on Saturday, Aug. 21. In the first show, he’ll share the stage with Keith Breckenridge and Benny Martinez. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Enchanted Circle Brewing, 6001 San Mateo NE.
In the second show, at 10 p.m., Varoz will headline, and featured comedians are Davyd Roseman, Billie Jo Gillispie, Korey Herrera, Mary Byrd and Angel Lopez. The event will take place at The Hopper Pub & Pizzeria, 6361 Riverside Plaza Lane NW.
“This is the third time I’m on stage in well over a year,” Varoz says. “I’ll be doing a show with some of the guys who used to host the Santa Ana Star Casino with me. We were on rotation again, and it will be cool to see the new jokes.”
Varoz is no stranger to the comedy scene. He’s opened for Maria Bamford, Baron Vaughn, Bruce Jingles, Kellen Erksine and Kate Willett.
He was also the mastermind behind the political news satire “The New Mexican Inquisition,” which ran from 2017-19. Varoz was the creator, head writer and host. The series can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
Getting back onstage means Varoz has worked out a new comedy set.
“I’m looking forward to trying out my new stuff,” he says. “I don’t want to go back doing the old routine. It would be artistically bankrupt. I will try out an improvisational act.”
Varoz says that right before the pandemic, he started using an improv set.
“This show is a big deal for me, because I was having trouble before the pandemic with bullying and heartbreak,” he says. “I was feeling disaffected with comedy. I’m back in school and have a new outlook on comedy. I want to be a New Mexico comic forever. These guys in the show with me, I know they feel the exact same way. We want to show people what we’re all about.”