Luis J. Gomez is a stand up comedian, actor, and radio personality. He hosts the popular mixed martial arts podcast “Hammerfisting” on the RiotCast Network as well as TapouT Radio on Sirius XM’s Sports Zone 92.
Throughout my years performing stand up comedy and covering the sport of mixed martial arts I have noticed a few parallels between the two arts. For one, it takes balls. .000001% of the population has the testicular fortitude to step on stage to tell jokes or to get into a cage and stand across from a trained death machine and go to war. Also, for both it’s really hard in the beginning. There is no money in either game and you suck at it. You are either bombing in front of shitty crowds or getting the shit beat out of you day in and day out in training. But you keep coming back all of the love of the sport. Comedians are super heroes with their words. Fearless, quick-witted, and unrelentless. Mixed martial artists are modern-day gladiators. Warriors who put their lives on the line every time they step into the cage. However, there are a few rare specimens that could kick ass on the mic and in the cage. Here is my list of the top 5 funniest comedians that could have possibly, maybe, but probably not had successful careers in mixed martial arts.
Dante Nero has trained in Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu Jistu, Karate, and Krav Maga.. Before becoming a comedian Dante was a part-time underground pit fighter and part-time exotic dancer. He is also a monster. Standing at 6″2 and weighing in at over 300lbs he would be able to intimidate most opponents before they even stepped in to the cage.
Mike Vecchione went to Penn State on a wrestling scholarship. He was also a 1991 Florida State runner up, conference champion and 2 time district champion. He is also one of the hardest working, most focused comedians I know! His intense work ethic would serve him well in MMA which has been dubbed “the toughest training” in the world.
Adam Hunter, the host of the popular MMARoasted web series, was a 4 time Prep School New England Class A Wrestling Champion and a 2 time all New England Champion. He also started a middle school wrestling program in Brentwood, CA that he has been coaching for the past ten years.
Greg Warren was a two time High School State Champion and 1991 NCAA Division 1 All-American at the University of Missouri. He placed 7th but according to Greg “I should have got 6th but I lost on a lame ass move to one of Vecchione’s pussy Penn State buddies”.
Joe Rogan holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. He was the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four years in a row. He won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship and as lightweight champ went on to beat the middle weight and heavy weight title-holds to become the Grand Champion. Beyond his excellent martial arts credentials, he is the voice of the UFC and could probably beat the shit out of everyone on this list at the same time.
Luis will be performing this week on Tuesday September 30th as part of Comedy Underground Live with Dave Attell at the Village Underground.
There are two shows, 8pm & 10:30pm. Fresh off it’s first season on Comedy Central, Dave Attell is bringing you the chance to come see the show live right at the Village Underground in NYC. Featuring the top comics working today, Comedy Underground offers a raw, uncensored, interactive & unforgetable experience. Luis joins Joe List , Bonnie McFarlane, Nick Griffin, Dan Naturman, Paul Mercurio, Brooke Van Poppelen, Kevin Brennan, host Dave Attell, and other special guests.