Comedian Marcella Arguello is everywhere. It’s somewhat hard to categorize her as a local as she seems to be regularly popping up at all the comedy stops throughout Northern California. So, we’ll just say she’s a “Nor Cal” local.
SacramentoComedy.Com tracked her down recently at the Sacramento Punch Line where she was busy performing a series of shows. She cut us in to her busy schedule for a few minutes to talk about her start into comedy.
“I started doing comedy as a suggestion from a friend,” said Arguello. “I was going to school to become a teacher when I made the decision to try it. Ever since I was five years old I knew I wanted to become a teacher, get married and have six kids.”
Without expressing to family her desire to enter into the stand up comedy world, Marcella switched schools from Stanislaus State in Turlock to San Francisco State in order to be closer to the Bay’s comedy scene. Marcella’s first encounter performing comedy came by way of a college course at SF State. “It was a class that helped teach me a lot about the art and history of stand up,” said Arguello. “One of the projects was to do three minutes of stand up. There were 200 college students there, which is the best situation for my comedy,” she added. “I ended up killing and just kept going from there.”
Eventually, Arguello dropped out of school to pursue comedy full time. “Comedy has taken a priority in my life; I recently quit my job, because I was turning away more gigs than I really wanted to.”
Although she persued comedy at the age of 21, Arguello was always a fan of comedy. “When I was a teenager I was obsessed with Dave Attell, I love his abrasive nature. I saw him live in San Jose before I started and just loved his style. I kinda try and approach it the same way, like, just saying what’s on your mind and not trying to please everybody.”
Along with Attell, Arguello’s main inspiration is Jamie Foxx. “He’s everywhere! I really admire that you can see old reruns of his show on BET and see his comedy special on HBO…He has an Oscar and girls are in the clubs shaking their asses to his music. He definitely sets the bar.”
On any given night you might find this 6′ 2″ Modesto native at the Improv in San Jose or the Punch Line in San Francisco. Then again, she may surprise you with a show at some underground room in Sacramento, maybe the Comedy Spot or Luna’s. Hell, who knows?