“Relatable,” Steve Trevino’s 2014 one-hour comedy special, is the perfect moniker: It’s easy to connect with the Texas comic’s material.
Trevino, who will make his Goodnights debut in Raleigh Thursday through Saturday, spins yarns about his family, warts and all. His bits about how close he and his wife once were to getting a divorce are amusing and troubling all at once, and his approach is reminiscent of the revered Louis C.K.
“Our marriage is great but I talk about how we talk about getting divorced,” Trevino says, while calling from his home in suburban San Antonio. “That shouldn’t be a shock for anyone who is married with children. Lots of stuff happens when you’re married. Marriage is hard work. What I do is honest. It reminds me of when Louis C.K. called his daughters ‘bleeps.’ If we’re going to be honest, our kids do get on our nerves at times. That’s just the truth and I speak from a truthful place.”
Trevino waxes about his 20-month old son during his show. “My dad says my son’s name should be ‘payback,’ ” Trevino cracks. “He says that because I was so difficult. My dad says that I should have two boys for proper payback. I hope to make that a reality soon. My wife and I are hoping to get pregnant by the end of the year. If we have another child, then I have that much more material.”
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Despite marital tensions in the past, Trevino is a secure family man, along the same lines as Jeff Foxworthy and Ray Romano.
“I admire those guys so much,” Trevino says. “They’re examples of comedians who balance family and career. That’s what I want to do. I’m around comics who are single or who go out there and cheat on their wives. I’m not that way. Sure, I’ll have a drink and relax, but my family means everything to me. That’s what I talk about when I’m onstage since that’s what I know and my experience is mine, so it’s unique.”
Trevino lives in an area of south Texas that is conservative, but he doesn’t support President Donald Trump and doesn’t mind speaking out about it. “My buddies from home are die-hard Trumpers,” Trevino says. “I lean right but I can’t defend this guy. He’s a bleeping moron. Our president is just like a used car salesman. How can you believe him? He stays in his circle. He has nothing to do with us.”
Trevino says he is looking forward to performing in North Carolina for the first time.
“I haven’t been to Raleigh yet but I feel like I’ll be amongst my people,” Trevino says. “It’s the South and I’m from the Southwest. I think there’s a common denominator. The other connection is that anyone who is in a relationship or they’re married or they have kids, will understand where I’m coming from.”
Who: Steve Trevino
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10:30 Friday-Saturday
Where: Goodnights, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
Cost: $15 and $23 Thursday, $20 and $28 Friday, $23 and $31 Saturday