June 2017 - Make 'Em Laugh: Nicolina Nicthe
Where did your love of comedy come from?
My love of comedy came to me as a coping skill. I’ve learned to take painful things that have happened in my life and make [them] into something I, myself, can laugh at. You know the Rupaul saying, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going love anybody else?” For me, the same would apply at laughing at painful situations...that have happened in the past….[It] makes it easier to deal with. I find that taking something I could let hold me back [and] making it funny...for me, at least, I can move forward and heal with it.
Do you remember your first gig? What was it like?
My first gig was an all-female comedy show. Mary Byrd gave me the opportunity to join. I did fifteen minutes and had spent a lot of time planning it out. I was honored that a third of the crowd were my friends who came out to support me. I used props and...it went really well. It was an amazing experience.
What do you feel is missing when it comes to the comedy scene in Albuquerque?
I think there are a couple of things missing. One would be a set comedy club. I know we have places here in Albuquerque [for comedy] but not really a designated club, like Laffs. It was a shame that it closed down. The other thing I feel is missing is that we don’t utilize all the amazing talent we have in Albuquerque. Most of the shows I see tend to have the same comedians. I think we, as a comedic community, should mix it up.
What is your inspiration when it comes to planning your sets?
I will have a core for my sets, but I am always writing. I’ll see a billboard and a thought will just pop in my head….I’ll think to myself,“Hey, now that would make a funny joke.” So then I will add it to my list. Also I try to cater to the audience. Recently, I did a show for a school golf benefit, so I wrote a few jokes that were golf-themed. It went really well. It makes me feel good to make people laugh.
What gigs do you have coming down the pipeline?
I’ve done two this year, so far. Right now, my focus has been on a live podcast I created in October. It’s called Women, Wit and Wine. I broadcast live every Sunday from 5:00 to 6:00, and the show basically looks at life, dating, and women’s issues with a twist humor. In fact, I am getting ready to launch another one with Winter Flack called Five Shots, Five Questions, details to come. I do plan on getting back out to some of the open mics and being more active again, and of course I am always willing to do a show when asked. I am grateful for any stage time I am allowed.