Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House (DCH) performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked.
It was close to quitting time, and Mack Sennett was tired. He had been filming all day. Heck, he’d had filmed more than 100 short-reel comedies in less than a year. It was time to move on, but he couldn’t leave his vast empire to anyone. It had to be someone who understood humor. Someone who understood characters. Someone who could slide across a sound stage or stare without blinking. Only one person fit that bill, and it was Gabe Vasquez. Sennett saw him start to leave the building and rushed up to him. “Gabe, I want you to take over,” Sennett said. “Imagine it, you’ll get to direct Arbuckle, the Cops, even bloody Chaplin!” Gabe looked at him, and without blinking, said, “I’m sorry. I’ve already signed a contract with the Dallas Comedy House.” As he turned to leave, he handed Sennett a bag of Kit-Kats.
Any gummy or chewy candy.
When it comes to performing at DCH, I want to be able to bring things to life. I like sketch and performing other people’s work. My goal is to bring what they wrote to life and maybe bring out things that weren’t originally written, kind of find something between the lines.
Metallica, 2009, at AAC.
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
Favorite TV Show?
Breaking Bad or Lost, but if I was told to pick one show and that was the only show I could watch for the rest of my life, it would be America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Not until I get a yard.
Foods I Crave?
People I Admire?
My father, my grandfather, my brother, George Carlin, Rowan Atkinson, morning exercisers.
Uma Thurman from Kill Bill, Tom Hanks from Cast Away, Daniel Day-Lewis from There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York. A dream role that doesn’t exist yet is playing John Belushi in an autobiography.
Good First Date Idea?
Bookstore. You could talk about books you’ve read, and as you stroll down the aisles, get ideas of topics to discuss.
Gabe can be seen performing in the troupes CLR (April 8, 8 p.m.; April 14, 9 p.m.), Intruder, and The Rift (March 31, 10 p.m.; April 15, 9 p.m.).