first_img A native New Yorker, Gause moved to Woodland Hills in 1987 to get into entertainment. Like everyone in Tinseltown, he worked a string of odd jobs – from selling pots and pans at The Broadway to production work – before he was discovered. Gause, who counts comics as diverse as Buddy Hackett and Richard Pryor among his idols, said he broke into comedy through a chance meeting with comedian Mohr in 1992 at a North Hollywood apartment pool., He became a member in a loose fraternity of funny men, modern nomads always chasing the next gig, some of whom often ended up on his couch. “Comedians are the most miserable, lonely, sad people … until they become famous,” he said. “I’ve been on the road 18 years, and I don’t want to do it anymore. … Mediocrity is underrated. Living paycheck to paycheck to have that excitement is not worth it. I want things to be steady, and this is steady.” Partner Warren Wagner, former general manager of The Improv in Irvine, said Santa Clarita’s proximity to Hollywood offers a venue to top comics looking to fine-tune new material. “When they got a movie coming up, they want to go try stuff out somewhere,” said Wagner, who has been in the comedy business for six years. “They don’t want to drive (far) to do five minutes. “The whole reason for a comedy club to exist is to try new entertainment. We want to go back to that, and we will.” There’s a concession to the suburbs – Gause said he plans to “rate” the shows for “blue” content. “It’s like Bob Saget – he’s one of the dirtiest comedians on stage, but someone might take his mom to see him because he’s the guy from (the family sitcom) ‘Full House,”‘ Gause said. “I’m not going to censor any comics, but you want to know what you’re going into.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Even as a fast-talking club promoter, Walter Gause’s time in comedy is never far behind: midstream into discussing his plans to open a local comedy club, he broke into a bit on Stevenson Ranch mothers. “They drive SUVs … and they dress like they’re 15,” said Gause, who is in on the joke – the 41-year-old is a Stevenson Ranch dad. A comedy writer and producer, whose credits include the TV talent competition “Last Comic Standing” and ESPN variety show “Mohr Sports” with comedian Jay Mohr, is gearing to punch up suburban Santa Clarita Valley. Gause’s “Comedy Blvd.” will begin to serve up drinks, food and laughs around April or May in a 4,500 square-foot space at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, between the food court and TGI Friday’s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Gause, who has lived in the area for seven years, said he saw opportunity for a club late last year at a wine networking event. There are few entertainment options here aside from the movie multiplex, and he envisioned a spot like The Improv or The Comedy Store where young singles can enjoy A-list and up-and-coming acts. Couples can leave their kids at home or the movies and have a good time before picking them up. “This is what everyone wants to be able to do,” said Gause. “You’re gonna be able to take your wife out here, and be home by 10:15 p.m.” Carrie Rogers, the city of Santa Clarita’s economic development director, welcomed the club, saying it could help boost local entertainment spending. “One of the things we have ‘leakage’ on – that people are spending their money someplace else – is for entertainment,” she said. “For our residents, we don’t have enough of the restaurants, the comedy clubs, anything that’s live entertainment. We don’t have enough and people are going else where for that. “Anything along this line is going to be quite successful.” last_img

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