I’m a comedian and ventriloquist, so naturally, as a result of my profession, I travel extensively throughout the U.S. and even internationally.
There’s one place in particular I really enjoy – it’s Orange County, California.
Sure, there are some funny stereotypes about the area. But doesn’t every area have its own thing going on that people who visit thing is odd or peculiar?
It’s like the joke of someone mentioning they’re from a dysfunctional family, and pointing out that EVERY family is dysfunctional in one way or another.
Anyway, I could go on for quite awhile about the things I enjoy about OC..
For starters, I love the beach. Especially Huntington Beach. In fact, when we went to a church in Aliso Viejo, we spent the entire afternoon at a dog beach in Huntington. It was so peaceful.
Balboa Island is a small piece of land in the middle of Newport Beach surrounded by water (obviously). I think if you live on Balboa, your address is probably Newport, but I’m not sure. It is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been there. It’s fun to walk around and look at the small, quaint homes around the Island.
Speaking of Newport Beach, it also has a lot to offer. I think Kobe Bryant lives there, and there are some fabulous resorts along the Newport Coast.
Irvine is nice, as well as Costa Mesa for its shopping at South Coast Plaza (probably the biggest mall in Southern California).
Really, there are so many cities… Orange, Anaheim (where Disneyland is), Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente.
The list could keep going.
One thing I do know is, at least in my experience, the people are so friendly (at least compared to where I live – in the Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach area of Los Angeles County).
In fact, when we were in Aliso Viejo one time getting juice at Nektar, some men got out of their car and struck up a conversation with our 10 year old daughter. My wife went on high alert to see what was going on, only to find out that these people were being model citizens by engaging with our daughter.
Up in L.A., people just don’t seem to talk to strangers. That’s why it caught us off guard, but it reminds us of how people are in smaller towns (and OC, in this example).
Anyway, I’m sure I’ll end up doing a lot more corporate comedy shows throughout this beautiful area of Southern California. If you see me at one, I’ll look forward to making you laugh (at least my comedy ventriloquism sidekicks will). 🙂