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i 'I i t Ntaiin-iin almost as rare as By PATRICK LACKEY Stand-up comics are almost as rare in Iowa night clubs as one-armed jugglers and talking dogs. Night club operators around the state say there are several reasons for that, including booze. "In Vaudeville, they never drank in the audience," said Gene Moore, who books acts for the Victoria Lounge in the Des Moines Hyatt Hotel on Fleur Drive. "But when people in night clubs drink," he said, "their dispositions change, some of them for the better, but some of them for the worse." And a malicious drunk can ruin a comic's act and everyone's evening, he said. Drinking isn't unique to Iowa of course. But in many cities in some other parts of the country such as the coasts and Las Vegas the comics went directly from vaudeville into night clubs. That never happened in Iowa, and the live comedy died with vaudeville in the early 1940s. That's perhaps why the problems of putting a comic in an Iowa night spot don't apply elsewhere. Another of those problems, for instance, is night club Entertainment: rnimps Reynaldo Rey Rare in Iowa ic with a record player," said Moore. Frank Falco, owner of Polly's Penthouse in Cedar Rapids, is afraid to hire any comic he can afford. He said his patrons are from 18 to 35 years old, and he added: ' Can't you see a bad comedian in a club with young kids. They'd throw chairs at him." Show Bands One of the Iowa night clubs with the highest entertainment budget is Pzazz! in Burlington. But Randy Wine-gard, m owa talking next Wednesday through Saturday. His credits include tours with singers Nancy Wilson and James Brown. His previous job was at the Parisian Room in Los Angeles, Calif., with singer Gloria Lynne. He said he also has appeared as a television and movie actor. Mrs. Bonnie Mitchell of Des Moines, who booked Rey here, said she's paying him $500 for each four-night week. The club has used a band and two singers, along with Rey. In a recent interview, Rey told about his craft, how he adapts his act to his audience and how he puts hecklers in their proper places. His style is telling long jokes aimed at a big punch line with smaller zingers, funny faces and malaprop-isms ("I really depreciate all you did for me") thrown in along the way. Joke Marathon The 34-year-old comic has been in the business six years, after eight years as a school teacher. A year before turning professional, he said, he once on a bet told jokes for seven straight hours without repeating himself. He says he knows many more jokes today, most of which he wrote. c runs dogs said, "Hecklers help me make my show. I love hecklers." He places hecklers in three categories, two of them benign. There is the "happy-go-lucky guy out for a good time," who wants to help the comic with his act. Rey said understanding. "He's fun. I wouldn't hurt him." The same goes for persons in the second category, the ' 1 o u d-mouthed drunk." A person talking incoherently is funny by himself and spices up the act, Rey said. But of the third category: "The only one I really do a job on is the malicious heck 30PEN 12 SUNDAY DECOR : 1 o.r r: ?; - Si the . -t)ut in Put-Down any body one club out reportedly -

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 27 Oct 1974, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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