Sandy Danto performs at the Old City Laugh Lounge Friday (April 8) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sandy Danto performs at the Old City Laugh Lounge Friday (April 8) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Comedian drawn to impressions

NANAIMO - Comedians Sandy Danto, Kathleen McGee and Abby Roberge heat up the Old City Laugh Lounge.

Impressions helped comedian Sandy Danto avoid bullying as a child.

“When growing up I got out of being bullied because I did a good Chris Farley impression,” said Danto.

Not only did it get him out of being picked on but it led to him making friends with the kids who originally bullied him.

Character acting and impressions is something that comes naturally to Danto. It’s something he did ever since he was a little kid.

“I was really good at mimicking people,” he said.

While Danto attended Indiana University he went through a lot of majors trying to make up his mind about his career choice.

“It’s not an easy thing to admit to yourself and other people that you are so funny you can make a living at it,” said Danto.

He decided to move to Los Angeles and landed a gig at The Comedy Store. Danto has some grand comedy ambitions. A piece of advice that stuck with him was “create the kind of projects you want to see.” He wants to film a comedy show travelling across the United States on a yacht with a Jet Ski on top. He’ll be riding the Jet Ski. To start his dream Danto created a Kickstarter campaign called Jet Ski Hot Tub Road Trip (on a Yacht).

When Danto performs he tries to make it look effortless and as if the material is being created on the spot, even though he works hard on his material. He also likes to cultivate a certain vibe when he performs. He wants people to feel like friends.

“We are friends just hanging out and I might be the obnoxious guy hanging out,” said Danto. “I want to feel at home and I want the audience to feel at home.”

Danto performs during the Old City Laugh Lounge with comedians Kathleen McGee and Abby Roberge Friday (April 8) at the Old City Station Pub, located at 150 Skinner St. There are two show, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per show and are available at the Old City Station Pub.

The three comedians perform again Saturday (April 9) during Comedy Night at the Lantzville Pub, located at 7197 Lantzville Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance from the pub or www.ticketzone.com.

For more information about Danto, please go to http://sandydanto.com.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Impressions helped comedian Sandy Danto avoid bullying as a child.

“When growing up I got out of being bullied because I did a good Chris Farley impression,” said Danto.

Not only did it get him out of being picked on but it led to him making friends with the kids who originally bullied him.

Character acting and impressions is something that comes naturally to Danto. It’s something he did ever since he was a little kid.

“I was really good at mimicking people,” he said.

While Danto attended Indiana University he went through a lot of majors trying to make up his mind about his career choice.

“It’s not an easy thing to admit to yourself and other people that you are so funny you can make a living at it,” said Danto.

He decided to move to Los Angeles and landed a gig at The Comedy Store. Danto has some grand comedy ambitions. A piece of advice that stuck with him was “create the kind of projects you want to see.” He wants to film a comedy show travelling across the United States on a yacht with a Jet Ski on top. He’ll be riding the Jet Ski. To start his dream Danto created a Kickstarter campaign called Jet Ski Hot Tub Road Trip (on a Yacht).

When Danto performs he tries to make it look effortless and as if the material is being created on the spot, even though he works hard on his material. He also likes to cultivate a certain vibe when he performs. He wants people to feel like friends.

“We are friends just hanging out and I might be the obnoxious guy hanging out,” said Danto. “I want to feel at home and I want the audience to feel at home.”

Danto performs during the Old City Laugh Lounge with comedians Kathleen McGee and Abby Roberge Friday (April 8) at the Old City Station Pub, located at 150 Skinner St. There are two show, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per show and are available at the Old City Station Pub.

The three comedians perform again Saturday (April 9) during Comedy Night at the Lantzville Pub, located at 7197 Lantzville Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance from the pub or www.ticketzone.com.

For more information about Danto, please go to http://sandydanto.com.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com