Posted by paulrivas on:
It is Rivas Cultural Services policy to avoid Isla Vista, but the Santa Barbara Man About Goleta made an exception last Saturday night on the occasion of fellow 1997 San Marcos High School grad Nick Spears performing stand-up at a Laughology event at UCSB's Embarbadero Hall in IV. Spears is an Orange County comedian and the voice of "The Machine Videos", a series of silly pro-Sasha Vujacic videos recently featured on NBC.com and the best Yahoo! Sports "Ball Don't Lie" sports comedy video of 2008 made by Garrett Lynn, who I believe was once a teammate of mine on the GYBA Clippers.
Spears did 10 minutes as a last-minute fill-in as one of four openers for the half-Filipino half-Jewish Brent Weinbach. The Santa Barbaran started with a Fast and Furious bit and closed with a story of driving with an open container to the Dark Knight premiere. As he explained to me after the show, Spears happens to be in a feud with another of the comedians who performed Saturday night. Evidently, the latter rounded up his entourage and walked out on one of Spears' previous performances in frustration at Spears being given higher billing, so Spears himself walked out on homeboy Saturday night. The Santa Barbara Man About Goleta hereby assures Nick Spears that he didn't miss anything - that other guy wasn't funny.
The headlining Weinbach was impressive. He's been called "post-multicultural", which you good people will know is exactly what the Santa Barbara Man About Goleta is all about.