Woodland California, Sacramento, Golden Eagle Restaurant discussed on Standup Comedy 'Your Host and MC'
Here's your host and emcee god at words walkin ladies and gentlemen another great interview on the show today a gentleman that god is started. Who's actually from woodland california which is a neighbor to sacramento. Where my clubs were. He is a very talented award winning magician but he's also really terrific comic in as a comic magician. We had a chance to work with them several times in the eighties. Please welcome to the podcast. Michael finish my goal gravy. That's the most applause i ever gotten my career. I believe that for a minute michael. It's so great to hear your voice We had a chance to work together a lot back in the eighties. But we haven't chatted sense very much and it's just the way lives go but let let's re back up a little bit. I alluded to it in the interview. You are from woodland california which is a small rural town in northern california. We they're the big chunky. Your first of your life. I was there to her. I graduated high school in seventy four year. So i worked in a factory by senior year with both guys. Were still doing the senior year. Round in sacramento. We'll go over the second battle. And i left there in seventy seven. That's when i finally go find you know a good live somewhere in a way before comedy and with after divorce yeah shoot. We went to vegas fat night. I know you cut your teeth as a magician. what age did you get. Started unlike standup comedy. Where most Entertainers air their teens or twenties before they start. I know a lot of magicians that Got started when they were like nine and ten when we when when you bit by the magic bug and that that's kind of the best part of the whole stories. Because i i would at that point i was. I got into the food beverage. Industry and i started out as a midnight. Bell in a hotel called the san carlos tilt jalen downtown was built in nineteen. Oh three emmy elevators were hand operated to take you to your floor and let you off if you want to come down. I had that. Did you bring you down. So it was very dow for me. You know 'cause that we watched all those movies it's kid growing up dickey's bellman was so so cool and i did that for a while in the hotel guy like me and eventually you wanna learn to bar. I can't keep barking. I went for this for me. You know bartending kidman at that up there. That's pretty cool job. And nineteen seventy eight. And so i learned the two girls teach me how to ten bar and get pretty united. You know what. I learned that you clay with flames and all that stuff and do a harbor like all these cool classic drinks and not covered. I started getting reputation and a guy from the golden eagle came down to that copper door lounge which is where irish bar and he goes. Hey bartender is gonna leave if we want the job. Wow kidding me. Thirty six stories high. I've only been in the bar for maybe seven or eight months but it was a click. It i mean this bar that i've gone to right across the street. Only thirty six stories high and it's basically the same bryant talent level. Doctors lawyers judges. It was riding downtown. Phoenix i i mean i couldn't even tell you rubbing elbows with but they were suffered and so i get this job. I go to the golden eagle restaurant. I'm wearing a bow tie or shirt a cupboard bunk. I've got the but you should stop it before. I even so true. You have the look. Yeah yeah and so. I went in their league. In a guy by bosch bob shaw packing up and and they go to a more. Bob do one more people ball. So i hit around the gordon and i and there's like five guys watching and he takes a lit cigarette which you could still smoke in the bars. You know He picks lit cigarette. Picks a puff on it and put it in his hand and then he made you disappear right in front of the jokers. And i saw there josh. Drop it. i my jaw dropped. I didn't see it. i'm standing behind it. And then when they were leaving. I saw the cash. They were throwing that it. I mean i mean you know not a dollar not dollars but like a five dollar tip hit though tip to do. The magic is something that people really appreciate when done well and bartenders for those that don't know in the audience make pretty good tips. To begin with the most bartenders worked for minimum wage. Which is next to nothing. But you make your living on the tips and if you could do something like be funny but especially magic. I bet that guy raked in the bucks. Well he did and and you know. Listen that that guys my mentor. I buried him. I was the only me and laurie where his family and my son who is ex military We we were the last one we took care of him. I mean literally. United made the the a. It's gotta be a apartment after katrina or he had nowhere to go back to your bob. We'll pick your sweet setup. That's going the position to be able to do something per guy that had done. It's not for me because When i learned that trick yuppie the Cocky a hundred dollars. I paid a hundred dollars to learn my first trick. And then anybody anything about magic knows. How triggers done and how to get hold of whatever. Put man that that that.