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Sep152008

Inside With: Ray DeVitoBy: Andrew Singer

Ray DeVito hosts comedy show Sacapuntas!
Ray DeVito performs at The Living Room in Brooklyn | Photo: Living Room Comedy

Comedian Ray Devito has toured all over the country for many years now, bringing his brand of warm, friendly humor to towns both large and small before finally settling down in The Big Apple to start anew. He has quickly become a mainstay in the scene, performing at showcases throughout the city and creating videos as well. The Apiary met up with DeVito to discuss his influences, favorite hot spots and his own monthly show Sacapuntas!

Where did you start out doing comedy? How did you end up in NYC? Was that always the plan?
I started doing standup in 2000. I was the house emcee at Hilarities in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. As far as moving to New York, that's a little fuzzy. My friend Jesse Joyce was moving from Pittsburgh to New York and he encouraged me to do the same. He came in 2001 and I arrived in 2003 but I went back to Ohio a few months later but then came back a few years later. So I would say officially 2006.

How much touring have you done? What are your favorite types of out-of-town gigs and how has touring impacted your career?
For the better part of the last five years, I've toured all over the country. I definitely prefer college shows, as opposed to the clubs. Artistically, I can explore more original thoughts. I do like the clubs, too, but their crowds definitely prefer more generic topics. However, there are a few clubs in towns out there that I really enjoy and are always fun: Omaha, Lexington, Denver, Tucson, Dayton, Detroit, Sioux Falls, San Antonio, Madison and Louisville.
What inspired you to start writing and filming comedy videos? When will the general public get to see them?
In Cleveland, we had a Second City for four years. That was great and being one of the original conservatory performers, I'd get to be on stage every week. When writing sketches, I always find myself applying Second City principles: finding the game and using the Harold concept where random ideas come full circle to form a cohesive ending. The first short film I did was "Laundromat" and when that took off on the Internet, I started writing more. I have a lot of ideas for more videos and Sacapuntas! gives me a great outlet to show them.

What makes Sacapuntas! different from other comedy shows?
When people go out to a regular comedy clubs they're dropping $50 on a Tuesday. Sacapuntas! is way to keep it affordable -- it's only five bucks. We always have an amazing lineup of comedians as well.

We strive to get an awesome club comic, a downtown favorite, a storyteller and a couple kickass videos for every show. On our show at Crash Mansion (which we had to move from because my co-producer Dan Allen was mutantly too tall for), we had John Oliver, and Todd Barry materialized to do a guest spot. It's a very friendly vibe, four out of five shows have sold out and we're slowly creating a fanbase. I think it's working.

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The next Sacapuntas! show is Thursday, Sept. 25 @ East Villa. Visit the Web site for more details.

Andrew Singer is a contributing editor for The Apiary. He performs regularly as "Soce the Elemental Wizard." He recently wrote about comedy producer Susan Alexander, Shawn Hollenbach, Megan Ganz and Jen Dziura.

Reader Comments (2)

Ray DeVito is hilarious and not as brutish as his five o'clock shadow and chin dimple suggest. Thanks for the spotlight on city favorite!
September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbbi Crutchfield
When it comes to comedy, you just cannot go wrong with a DeVito.
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony DeVito

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