Dennis Gaxiola traveled around the world while he was in the U.S. Air Force. Now, he travels the world doing a job that’s really dangerous: stand-up comedy in front of a live audience. A Sacramento-native of Mexican heritage, Gaxiola is a veteran performer with shows around the nation and overseas.
He has taken the stage at The Punchline, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Ice House, The Improv and even the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. “Showtime at the Apollo in 1999 was the highlight of my career. I was shaking like a leaf. It was amazing to be at the Apollo thinking about all the people who had performed there before me” says Gaxiola.
Dennis has been able to perform with some of the best comedians in the business. Guys like Jamie Foxx, Damon Wayons and Paul Rodriquez. When describing Gaxiola, Rodriguez compares him to comedian Dennis Miller. “Dennis Gaxiola does the more political stuff,” said Rodriguez. “He does a lot of bits that are very timely right now about immigration and the choices America has to make.”
“Dennis reminds me of Carlos Mencia, except that Dennis is actually funny” said one of the staff writers at Cringe Humor. “He does racial stuff, covering almost every race in a way that’s funny but not blatantly hurtful. I really enjoyed his set and hope to see him again.” Gaxiola says, “I am from a multicultural family. I have one brother-in-law that is black, another who is Jewish and a son that is half-black. I am Mexican, my wife is Filipino and some of the in-laws are white. That means I can tell stories that everyone can relate to.” Dennis Gaxiola’s goal is to make the entire audience laugh, no matter whom they are or where they are from.
Gaxiola has performed on television on NBC’s Friday Night Videos, the Apollo Comedy Hour, Black Entertainment Television’s Comic View and Galavision’s Que Locos. “I was on Comic View seven or eight times and they continue to replay the shows, so sometimes people recognize me,” he said.
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