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Always a stand-up guy

Comedian brings his popular Valencia act to The Mix in Montrose and insists his shows will never exceed PG-13.

October 17, 2007|By Joyce Rudolph

Area comedy club lovers may have a new haunt close to home.

Comedian Randy Lubas, who has appeared at The Ice House in Pasadena and The Improv in Los Angeles, premiered his show, J.R.’s Comedy Club, on Saturday night at The Mix nightclub in Montrose.

Having great success with the show at the Marie Callender’s in Valencia for the past nine years, Lubas opened another venue in Simi Valley this year and is now trying Montrose.

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About 30 people, many who are regulars at the Valencia venue, checked it out and said they like the shows because they don’t have to make the long trek out of town.

Tujunga residents Bobbie Douglas, 66, and Buck Wallace, 60, have been going to the show in Valencia for about six years. They’d get a hotel room so they wouldn’t have to drive home after the show, Douglas said.

“Now it’s close to home,” she said.

The couple have been to comedy clubs in Canada and on Catalina Island, but say they prefer Lubas’ shows because they are humorous without being raunchy or racially suggestive.

“What we like is the variety of comedians, and they don’t have to get real vulgar to make it funny,” Douglas said.

Randy Harken warmed up the crowd Saturday for Lubas. His routine covered aging gracefully and some swipes at President Bush.

“More people in this country believe in ghosts than they believe in our president,” he said.

Lubas, who had just returned from his show on a cruise ship, said it was nice to work for a younger crowd.

“People have waited until their last week on Earth to take a cruise,” he said.

His signature, however, was his routine’s finale, a dozen or so blond jokes done in rapid succession. He started each with the name of a woman sitting in the audience, “Paula, did you know . . . ”

Montrose resident Mary Sue Alvey, 49, and Ray Terry, 60, of Burbank, have also seen the show in Valencia.

“I think it has potential,” Alvey said. “I hope it catches on.”

Jim and Donna Witkowski of Glendale have seen the show four or five times in Valencia.

“We are really glad to have him close to us in Montrose,” Donna Witkowski said. “We’re members of Oakmont Country Club, and we’re going to tell the other members about it.”

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