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Local comic headlines Nov. 6 show at Ontario Improv
BARSTOW • When Barstow resident Charles Warren began doing stand-up comedy nearly two years ago, he made headlining the Ontario Improv his comedic goal.
Warren is about a week shy of accomplishing that goal.
After months of producing shows at the Ontario Improv, Warren, best known by his stage name, Chuck Diesel, will now be the main-act on Nov. 6.
“After opening for comics like Bruce Jingles and Rick Martinez, I said to myself, ‘I want to do my own show,’ ” Warren said. “And now I’m accomplishing that goal. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family and friends and the city of Barstow.”
Warren credits his friend and business partner Buck Acosta for helping him start his career.
According to Warren, Acosta paid him $50 to perform for 10 minutes on Acosta’s birthday. After those 10 minutes in Los Angeles, Warren said he fell in love with being on stage.
Following the first performance, Martinez invited Warren to perform at the Ice House in Pasadena. That was the first time Warren ever performed in front of 200 people.
Being a “goof-off” and trouble-maker is starting to pay off for Warren.
“About four years ago I went to a comedy show with my father-in-law,” Warren said. “After the show he told me I should consider doing stand-up comedy because I’ve always been a jokester. I gave it some thought but never had the nerve to do an open night comedy act.
“If it wasn’t for Acosta and those $50 he gave me, I probably wouldn’t even be doing this today.”
Warren, who works as a cook at the TA Barstow Travel Center, uses personal experiences at bars and jail and even his children as material for jokes. Warren and his wife, Crystal have three children.
Although Warren is a loving and caring father, Chuck Diesel is an “inappropriate dad and husband” who does things that are often frowned upon.
After Warren does his Ontario Improv show, the comic will focus on material for his audition on America’s Got Talent in February. After submitting a video of one of his performances, Warren received a call to inform him he has an audition for the television show.
“It’s going to be fun and it’s going to take some hard work,” Warren said. “All you’re given is one minute and 30 seconds to give your best material. It’s a lot different to a 10-minute act, where there is room to build up numerous jokes. For my audition, I have to pack my best material in such a short amount of time, but I’m up for the challenge.”
To follow Warren’s comedic quest, follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/chuckdiesel and Twitter @ChuckDComedy.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.