COMEDY: Murray Valeriano
A lot of comics pick up TV-writing gigs after theyve been doing stand-up for a while. For Murray Valeriano, it was the opposite. I was doing a weekly show at a comedy club with my two partners, he says. It was a mix of stand-up, sketch and improv. The trio got a pilot deal from that, but it didnt go anywhere. The production company hired Valeriano for another show, though, and it was around that time he started doing stand-up. Its been a career trajectory similar to the late, great Garry Shandlings. The only nice thing Mitzi Shore, the late owner of the Comedy Store, ever said to me was, Youre a good writer. You remind me of Garry Shandling. Of course she was 112 when she said that. She probably thought she was talking to her cat. Valeriano also hosts the podcast Road Stories and is a rotating co-host of the Rock Solid music podcast.
Showtimes Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 16-19. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: Provided by Murray Valeriano