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Local comedians go into the deep end

The Deep End comedy show, hosted by City College students Jon Gomora and Mazzy McDaid.
“The Deep End” comedy show, hosted by City College students Jon Gomora and Mazzy McDaid.

Rosaura de la Cruz | Staff Writer | [email protected]

City College students host weekly stand-up show downtown

Of the many professions in the world, stand-up comedy could be considered one of the most difficult. Having to stand in front of a crowd and make them laugh for 30 minutes or more can be terrifying. However, for City College comedy duo Jon Gomora and Mazzy McDaid, these things come easy.

Every Thursday night, two comedians transform Photobox, a small photo studio on S Street, into “The Deep End,” a comedy show that features a diverse lineup of local comedians, musical guests and artists.

“We book interesting and unique talents,” explained McDaid. “We put aside all the photography stuff, put up chairs, a mic and order pizza.”

Gomora, 19, says the feel for “The Deep End” is laid back and original, which, according to McDaid, is ideal because it helps her keep her composure and not get nervous.

McDaid, 21, has been a comedian since late 2013, but before that she was in theater. She said her theater experience not only helped her discover her knack for comedy, but also helped develop her comedic act.

“I like to embody a character on stage and people love it,” said McDaid. “I find mannerisms really funny. I even do a bit where I’m a middle-aged housewife.”

The duo opens each show by doing a monologue together, and then go on to do separate sets. McDaid’s sets are very feminist-centric, and she has a different approach in getting the audience in tears of laughter.

According to McDaid, her “Vagina Monologue” routine is a crowd pleaser. In the bit, she reads aloud a monologue from the famous Off-Broadway play, and whenever she has to say the word “vagina,” she instead replaces it with the sound of an air horn.

McDaid’s desire to succeed, as she explained, stems from the lack of successful female comedians and how that needs to change.

“I hate when a dude says, ‘You’re into comedy? I love Tina Fey!’” said McDaid, “That’s like me saying, ‘Oh, you’re into sports? I love Michael Jordan!’”
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Her quick wit and improvisation has impacted her audience, which McDaid hopes to bring with her as she plans to move to Los Angeles and join the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Although McDaid and Gomora are in sync during their joint, opening monologue, the pair’s separate sets couldn’t be more different.

In contrast to McDaid’s, Gomora’s set tends to be a bit more crass, as he often imitates everyday people and obsesses about sex. However crude his acts may be, Gomora said his jokes have had audiences laughing from Sacramento to the Bay Area to Santa Cruz.

“I also have a joke where I parallel eating ass to a Sizzler commercial,” said Gomora, “which killed when I was performing at the Hemlock Bar in San Francisco.”

According to Gomora, another joke that gets a laugh from the crowd is his imitation of a middle-aged white woman at Starbucks. In the bit, he orders a small coffee and asks for it to be filled in a grande size cup, which he says the barista “fills up because they’re stupid.”

Although McDaid and Gomora’s “The Deep End” is a small comedy production in a small building in downtown Sacramento, they have fans that come back often and love their routines.

“Jon and Mazzy are great,” said Ronnie Lopez, a fan of the comedy shows. “They always crack me up, and on top of that, they’re genuinely awesome people.”

McDaid and Gomora are currently enrolled at City College, however, their desire remains in comedy and according to them, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“People say if you can imagine yourself as something else, then don’t do comedy,” explained Gomora. “But being a trust fund baby would be ideal.”

“The Deep End” plays every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at 2311 S St, Sacramento. For more information, go to

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