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The Amazon Comic
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The Las Vegas Optic - March 27, 2003

 

LAS VEGAS, NM: Virginia Gonzales is the kind of woman who could get a job at any strip club in America as a bouncer.

 

A self-proclaimed big mama who has adopted the moniker Amazon, Gonzales is known throughout the region for her fast and furious brand of stand-up comedy replete with off-beat takes on just about anything, including the plights, pitfalls and perks of being Hispanic, married, female and, of course, being six feet tall and hefty enough to play linebacker for the Denver Broncos.

 

Gonzales will be performing at 8:30 pm Saturday, March 29, at Joes Ringside in, 405 Grand Ave. in Las Vegas. Tickets are $5 and available at Joes Ringside and through the New Mexico Highlands University Dept. of English and Philosophy. The show is a benefit for Sendero, the NMHU arts and literature magazine. Also appearing will be NMHU professor Eddie Tafoya and Tucumcari native Jacob Eggert, who will serve as emcee.

 

Gonzales, 39, got her nickname when, while she was working as a prison guard at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility, the prisoners started comparing her to the mythical female warriors who had sex with their men before killing them. Before I knew it, Gonzales said, even the guards and captains were calling me Amazon.

 

Unlike her ancient Greek counterparts, however, Gonzales said she doesn't want to immortalized for hammering on men.  "I love men, she said. I married a man.

 

Although she thought about doing stand-up comedy for most of her life, Gonzales didnt work up the courage to step on stage until three years ago, after she attended a comedy workshop in Albuquerque. She has never looked back. Not only did she turn professional four months later, but went on to start her own comedy club in Belen and has become a regional phenomenon, garnering rave reviews for shows in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico to name but a few places on which she has left her mark.

           

Jeff Commings of The Albuquerque Tribune says the following about Virginia Gonzales, "The Amazon Comic, who promises to mine lots of humor from her job as a prison guard, wife, and as an unusually tall Hispanic woman", in an article written (4/12/02) about the monthly variety show "Burque Burlesque" hosted at the KiMo Theatre.

Performed at:

The Barne Comedy Theatre, Phoenix Arizona (Showcased) ~ November 1999

Butcher Shop Comedy Club, Gallup, New Mexico ~ April 2000 & August 2000 (Performed with headliner: Cheril Vendetti)

Laff's Comedy Cafe, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Showcased) ~ May 2000

Nancy's Comedy Club, Belen, New Mexico (Home Club Beginning April 29, 2000) (Headliners:  Cheril Vendetti, Keith Hertz, T.A. Burroughs, Lloyd Woodby, Jimmy Abeyta, Steven Micheal Quesada to name a few)

Madam's Organ, Washington, D.C. (Showcased) ~ June 2000

South Broadway Cultural Center, "16th Anniversay Comedy Spectacular," Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ July 7 & 8, 2000

The Laughing Lobo Theatre, "Comedy Blast", Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ September 15, 16, & 17, 2000

Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, Belen, New Mexico ~ September 2000 (Headliner)

Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce Annual Roast, Tierra del Sol Country Club, Belen, New Mexico ~ October 2000 (Headliner)

Laff's Comedy Cafe, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Guest Performer) ~ May 11, 2001

Our Place II, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Mistress of Ceremonies) 6/30/01 & 7/28/01 (Headliner Steven Michael Quesada with James Romero featuring) (M.C.)

New Mexico Hispanic Entertainers Association (NMHEA) ~ Annual Comedian of the Year competition (August 14, 2001) Hosted at Our Place II, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Animal's Comedy Night at the Taoseno (Sponsored by KXMT Radio), Taos, New Mexico (M.C.) August 24, 2001

Sports Grill, 8030 E. Mississippi, Denver, Colorado ~ "Second Friday Comedy Night": Featuring Jimmy Abeyta and Friends with Ron Ellison, the voice that made the Delphonics famous - 9/14/01 (M.C.)

Veronica's Bases Loaded, 3109 Federal Boulevard, Denver, Colorado ~ Mistress of Ceremonies for the "2001 Que Loco Jam," Saturday, September 15, 2001: 6 p.m. show and 9 p.m. show. Headliner Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca ~ The show was filmed by the Next Level Show a division of T.H.E. Records and will be aired on Channel 58 and Channel 57.
 
Giggles, Inc. located at the Dry Gulch Brewery, Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2002 ~ (Feature)
 
"Burque Burlesque" (a variety show hosted by The Dolls a fantastic Drag Queen Troupe) KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, May 18, 2002 ~ Showcase Comedian
 
"Caught in the Act 2002" (a show hosted by The Dolls a fantastic Drag Queen Troupe) KiMo Theartre, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, June 20, 2002 - Cameo Role as a "Ravenously Heterosexual Woman" in the play "Homoville" or "I was a Teenage Heterosexual"
 
"Laugh Across America" competed in Denver, Colorado, in a nationwide talent search July 25, 2002. 
 
"Cinderella" (The Dolls perform this age old fairy tale with a Drag Queen twist) at a Private Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, August 31, 2002 ~ Opening Comedic Act
 
El Fidel Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico - Headline Act at "La Casita" showroom.  Friday, October 25, 2002.
 
Laffs Comedy Cafe, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Showcase) Friday, November 22, 2002.
 
Radisson Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Feature Performer), Friday, November 29, 2002.  Produced by Mas Entertainment.
 
Monte Carlo Restaurant & Lounge, Grants, New Mexico, Headlined and Produced comedy show on Friday, February 14, 2003.
 
Our Place II, 9401 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, (Feature  Performer) Saturday, March 1, 2003.  Produced by Steven Michael Quesada (Fade to Brown Entertainment)
 
Joe's Ringside, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Saturday, March 29, 2003.  Benefit show for Highland University's Arts & Literature Magazine "El Sendero".  Headline performer.
 
Colorado Mountain College's Annual Retreat - Hosted at the Redstone Inn, Redstone, Colorado.  Banquet Entertainer Thursday, May 22, 2003.

Currently appearing on "Creamed Comedy" (a weekly show) telecast on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 27.

Virginia is responsible for bringing professional comedy to Valencia County. Saturday, April 29, 2000, was Nancy's Comedy Club opening night. Emo Phillips, Writer of "Meet the Parents," recently performed at Nancy's. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. every Saturday.

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