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April 24, 2014

Nobodies of Comedy here Saturday night

ENID, Okla. — Renee Gauthier is coming from the big city of Chicago to the (much) smaller city of Enid, Oklahoma.

That said, she’s excited about participating in the Nobodies of Comedy tour Saturday along with Tony Deyo, Kelly Collette, Liz Miele and Mark Walton.

“I’ve never been to Oklahoma,” she admitted in a phone interview Thursday.

The Chicago native first joined Nobodies of Comedy in 2011. Three years later, she’s still in the mix.

“I’m just so grateful they keep me included in a lot of their comedy tours,” she said.

Gauthier has worn several hats on the comedy circuit. She’s done stand-up on “Last Call With Carson Daly” and season 7 of “Last Comic Standing.” She’s also been a recurring panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” and has been on “50 Most Epic Moments” on the E! network.

But possibly one of her most favorite moments in show business came when she played Victoria Beckham’s assistant in “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.” Not only did she get to meet Victoria and interact with her, but she got to meet her husband, famous former soccer star David Beckham.

Now her path takes her to Enid’s Convention Hall this Saturday for a show starting at 8 p.m.

“I’ve worked with Liz (Miele) before ... I don’t know the rest of (the comedians),” Gauthier said, “But I’m a fan of all their comedy ... I’m really excited to do the show.”

Throughout her years on the comedy circuit, Gauthier has encountered different struggles.

“The most difficult thing is (the job) is not 100 percent consistent. It’s not a stable job. There are days you don’t work at all, you don’t do shows. That can take a toll on your ego a little bit. It takes some getting used to.”

Then there’s the part where she’s on stage, or at a show, and she might forget her lines for a second or two.

She said there are times, for example, when she starts having a conversation with an audience member, and she forgets what she’s ultimately supposed to say.

But that’s when a little bit of improv comes in handy — improv that eventually ties back to the original material.

As far as her routine this Saturday goes, she said she has her material planned, but that’s as much as she knows.

“I know what I’d like to say,” she said, “but who knows what’ll happen when I hit the stage?”

Tickets for Nobodies of Comedy are $50 and may be purchased at EnidEventCenter.com or by calling 855-TIX-ENID. Dinner will be served at 7, with doors opening shortly before the dinner starts. The show starts at 8. It will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Convention Hall. A cash bar also will be available at the show.

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