He’s a US veteran who returned to his hometown, only to find himself working at an auto shop, but that didn’t last long as he would find the love of his life stand-up comedy. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Julian “El Gordo Mamon” Gonzalez. The Salinas, CA native shares some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he always owns the laughs.
Name: Julian “El Gordo Mamon” Gonzalez
Hometown: Salinas, CA
Years in Comedy: 5
Comedic Influences: Latino Comics
Favorite Comedy Album: Katt Williams “Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1”
Favorite Comedy Special: Gabriel Iglesias “Alhoa Fluffy”
Favorite Comedy Movie: Anchor Man
Favorite Comedy TV Show: South Park
Favorite Comedic Character: Peter Griffin
Favorite City to Perform In: San Jose, CA
Favorite Topics to Joke About: My Family
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: Any
Favorite Comedy Club: San Jose Improv
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
Doing a show at a local bar in Salinas.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
That they gave me 6 min and I did 4 min.
How would you describe your comedic style:
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I see things and write them in my notes and try them on stage.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
There are a few monthly shows that’s about it
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Getting booked frequently.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Jack Jr., Jerry Garcia, Ken Flores, Fluffy, and Felipe Esparza.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Getting a guest spot on Fluffy’s show.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
Not everyone can be trusted.
How do people react toward you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
It’s a great feeling that makes you feel good about yourself.
Describe building a career in stand-up comedy:
Social media has been a really big help in building my career.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
People to be less sensitive.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
Be funny to everyone.
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
Meeting Tiffany Haddish
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
A boxing ring
A Julian Gonzalez Fun Fact:
That I was in the U.S. Army.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
Tour the world
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Just keep getting as much stage time as possible.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
It is going in a good direction there are new clubs always popping up.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
A Family Guy episode would be called “Lost At The Border”
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
San Jose Improv w/ Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Tom Segura, & Jack Jr.
What’s next for you:
Keep on creating content and continue to make people laugh.
Why should a person always laugh at life:
Why is he mad? Laughing makes you feel better.