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Aurora Comedy Nights to feature three Gwinnett grads

Area grads, comedians to take Aurora Theatre stage

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Comedian Mike Albanese performs during an improv show. The Gwinnett grad is part of the Aurora Theatre’s Gwinnett Comedy All-Stars performing this weekend. (Special Photo)

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Dulcé Sloan, a Meadowcreek grad, is also headlining the three-comedian shows Friday and Saturday at the Aurora. (Special Photo)

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Joining Albanese and Sloan on stage this weekend is Bob Place, a graduate of Collins Hill High School. (Special Photo)

If You Go

• What: Aurora Comedy Nights featuring Gwinnett Comedy All-Stars: Mike Albanese, Dulcé Sloan and Bob Place

• When: 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost:$18

• For more information: Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre...

Mike Albanese said he hasn’t been more excited about an upcoming show in a while.

The 2002 Collins Hill graduate is returning to his old stomping grounds for a comedy show at Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre. Even better? He will be joined by two other Gwinnett grads who have gone the way of comedy, Meadowcreek alum Dulcé Sloan and Bob Place, also a Collins Hill graduate.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a roller coaster,” Albanese said. “All three of us have completely different styles and messages. I couldn’t think of any three better comics to put on one show together. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Albanese has always wanted to be a comic.

“Ever since I was a kid I would watch standup comedy and listen to it,” he said. “It was something I never thought was possible. When I went to high school and college, it was business first.”

Business first, it was. For a while. Albanese eventually walked away from a job as a sales account executive for a trade show firm in Orlando to pursue his dream.

“I decided to follow the life that I wanted to live rather than what I thought I was supposed to,” he said. “And I’m still trying to figure it out. I haven’t gotten there yet. I’m still working on it.”

The 30-year-old Atlanta resident is now a full-time comedian and has done some acting in commercials. He’s in the process of filming a TV show for the Investigation Discover channel.

His brand of comedy, he said, comes from everyday life experiences.

“Most of my stuff comes from personal experience, like stories or things that I’ve been through,” he said. “I pick those experiences and turn them into funny stories. I see and deal with a lot of funny things.”

Unlike Albanese, who always knew he wanted to be a comedian, that line of work was far from Sloan’s mind. The 30-year-old Stone Mountain resident has a degree from Brenau, where she studied theater and acting.

“Standup scared the hell out of me, point blank,” she said. “Because I was theater trained I wasn’t myself (on stage). I was portraying someone else. And those weren’t my words.”

After her mentor, Atlanta comedian Big Kenney, convinced Sloan to take his standup class, she gradually shifted into the world of comedy.

“My style of comedy started out as being very observational, just outward, looking at my reactions to things going on,” she said. “Now, as it’s progressed, it’s a lot about me, things that happen to me. It became much easier to come up with new material and to have fun on stage (at that point). Crazy stuff happens to me that people never believe me about, so I’m like, ‘I’ve got to put this on stage.’”