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A ‘seasoned’ performer

Comedian with Marshall ties to appear at The Gambler

October 6, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

When he was younger and doing comedy "just for fun," Ron Lamprecht said he lacked the passion for it.

It was just two years ago that he started taking comedy seriously.

"Once I seasoned myself, I realized it was something I wanted to do," Lamprecht said about comedy.

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Twin Cities-based comedian Ron Lamprecht has family who lives in Marshall and will be at the Gambler on Oct. 13.

Lamprecht will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Gambler in Marshall, along with Tracy native Jeff Bergs and Rox Tarrant.

Lamprecht has family in the Marshall area, which includes his uncle, Bruce Lamprecht, the director of business services for the Marshall School District.

Lamprecht was in the Air Force up in Alaska, and he also did work in radio and television. Through his radio work, he'd end up being the ad hoc host for comedy nights up in Alaska.

"It kind of grew from there," he said.

But he took several years off from comedy and raised a family. They were the ones who gave him the push to go onstage.

"My family encouraged me to get back in it," Lamprecht said.

He moved down to the Twin Cities area, finding that the talent pool is deeper than in Alaska.

"I've been a full-time featured comic for two years now, I just broke my two-year window," Lamprecht said. He credits the late Twin Cities-based comic "Wild" Bill Bauer as one of his comedy mentors. "Minneapolis is a hotbed for comedy talent."

Lamprecht said his demographic is an older demographic as he's in his early 40s.

"I've got a little seasoning," he said.

"Basically if you're over 30, you're going to enjoy my show," Lamprecht added. "It's relatable, (about family). I'm a storyteller, I bring you into my world."

His routine has been compared to "a dance" for 25 to 45 minutes.

"I just take the audience for a dance," Lamprecht said.

Preparing a routine, getting his name out there and seeking out gigs are just part of the job for a comedian.

"There's definitely a dedication and commitment to it, you have to want to do it," Lamprecht said about his craft.

Lamprecht does have a day job, but comedy has been a career path he eventually wants to take.

"This is what I see for the rest of my life," he said. He hopes to one day make comedy his full-time job.

Lamprecht travels around the country, which includes doing comedy shows at military bases. He's also looking to work with the USO as well.

"I'm taking offers for headliners, it's coming along at a pretty quick clip," he said.



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