RICK BROWN, Yard Light Media
KEARNEY – Steven Michael Quezada grew up in a tough neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I was a quiet kid,” he said in an interview from his home in New Mexico’s biggest city. “I grew up in a very difficult neighborhood. I fought a lot. I grew up in an area with a lot of gangs around us – gangs up and down the block. But I come from a very loving and caring family.
His brothers taught him how to protect himself in the dangerous neighborhood.
“It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I realized I wasn’t going to grow enough to be a professional baseball player,” Quezada said. “I didn’t exactly quit the junior varsity baseball team since I never made the team, but I decided to try theater and acting.”
It took him out of his shell.
“As everyone knows by now, I’m not shy at all,” Quezada said.
Today, Quezada specializes in comedy. He’s struggled to land comedic roles, so he’s now pouring his talents into the world of stand-up comedy.
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Quezada will appear at Kearney at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chicken Coop Banquet Hall at 2115 Ave. A. Tik Tok star Tyler Walsh will open the performance and Gary Menke will also perform. General admission to the show is $20.
Quezada’s material focuses on his role as a father to his three daughters, in addition to being a Latino from “a state that most people don’t even know exists.”
“I do stuff about being on tour,” the comedian said. “Life is what I’m talking about. I mainly talk about my life, my wife and my children. And what’s cool is that people come up to me afterwards and say, “You have to have a camera in my house, man.” No, I don’t know, but I know what you’re going through, mate.
In his routine, Quezada avoids controversy and politics even though he is a member of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, an area that includes his hometown of Albuquerque.
“I’ll talk politics if anybody wants to talk to me, but I don’t do that on stage,” he said. “Our country is quite divided. I don’t need to add anything. I like working with people. If I didn’t want to work with people who disagreed with me, I would have kicked out my kids when they were 3 years old. Why don’t you just pick up all your toys and get the hell out of my house right now.
Quezada understands that comedians need to foster debate and look at things from multiple angles.
“Comics understand that because that’s how we write material,” he said. “We look at things from all angles and then we decide if it’s funny or not. I think our minds work like that. When I speak with someone, even if I don’t agree with them, I understand where they are coming from.
Above all, Quezada strives to keep its material authentic.
“Being real is the secret,” he said. “The most successful comics believe in what they say. Comics don’t just write things to be controversial or to show how clever they are. Audiences don’t want to think so hard. They want to know what that you think is funny, then they will let you know whether they agree with you or not. If it comes from your heart and soul, you will find that 90% of people will laugh. Even if they are not disagree with you, they’ll find it funny because it’s coming from a real place. Comedy is really about people talking about tragedy in a funny way.
In his role in “Breaking Bad,” Quezada played the straight guy.
“I was the only good guy on ‘Breaking Bad,'” he said. “It was an honor to do it, for sure. Latinos aren’t used to playing nice. It was a complete and absolute honor to play Gomez and work with the cast on the show. “As an actor, they don’t let me do a lot of comedy roles. Ultimately, I want to do more comedy roles. My favorite thing in the world is making people laugh.”