2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Ronaldo Mercado

We’re spending the next month or so profiling the comics in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be covering a range of comics from seasoned pros, to open mic comics booking their first shows. Our goal is to give you a glimpse at who you can expect to see, no matter where you experience live comedy.


NAME

Ronaldo Mercado

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

I started one year ago on my 20th birthday, July 17th.

DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU

My style is fun. I want everyone to have a good time when they see me. Everyone is really serious about themselves and the world we live in. I want people to escape for just a little bit and get to know me. I try to be personal and draw from real experiences in my life while still leaving room to have fun and be imaginative

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?

There’s so many things to be excited about, especially considering this past year was my first.

I’ve been lucky enough to get some great opportunities all over the city, from being on some of the best local independent shows, to hosting a weekend at the Funny Bone, to being featured at this years St. Lou Fringe Festival.

Contest season was big for me. I made it to the finals of The St. Louis Helium competition on my one year anniversary. It was crazy for me to be on the same show with killers that I respect, people that blew my mind when I first saw them, people that I saw and thought, “Man, I’ll never be as funny as that guy”. It made me think that if I keep working at this I can reach their level and be just as good as them.

Really I’m just excited that I get to do stand up. I’m doing something, I get to create and perform and people give me a platform to express myself freely. Even if it’s telling dick jokes in the back of a bar. I get excited every time.

CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?

My biggest challenge is trying to keep everything going on a day by day basis. I tend to get caught up thinking too far in the future. It fucks with your head if you start thinking you’re not where you should be. That’s when I start comparing myself to others, and that’s a challenge in itself.

I know comedy is a journey and everyone’s journey is unique to themselves so I can’t get caught up comparing myself to others. Those are all mental but, if we go Double Dare 2000 style and start talking physical challenges, working 8 hours a day and doing comedy late in to the night doesn’t leave a lot of room for sleep so I battle sleep deprivation with lots of strong coffee.

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WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Honestly, I’d be happy to keep hosting consistently at The Funny Bone and start hosting at Helium.

I definitely plan on getting better at stand up, maybe start running a local show that pays comedians. Do shows in other states around Missouri. But if we’re talking big, lofty goals I’d love to do 5-10 minutes at Delmar Hall or The Pageant in front of a national headliner.

A boy can dream, can’t he?

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?

This is hard because you learn so much and I keep learning more every day.

One of the first things I learned is to make sure people know you before trying to joke with them. My very first open mic was at the Funny Bone and when I was introduced the first thing that came out of my mouth was a jab about the host looking like a Tommy Lee impersonator. Not only did it not get laughs but I’m sure I also looked like a fool in front of the other comedians.

We’re coworkers, you don’t come in as the new guy and start making fun of people. You get to know them first. Then you can make fun of their mom as much as you want.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

White Claw. I’m young, hip, and I’ll make you puke in the street.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

I think realistically the only horror movie I could’ve survived would be Carrie. I just wouldn’t make myself a target. I’d keep my head down, I wouldn’t be a dick, and FOR SURE I wouldn’t go to the dance.

For me it’d be exactly like my actual high school experience, except the part where all the kids die. They do the pig blood stuff, but instead of being at the dance, I’m laying in the middle of a farm field, losing my mind, probably on mushrooms, because The Man can’t make me conform to what he expects of me.

In high school my idea of standing up to The Man was just doing drugs instead of showing up to school functions or school in general (probably explains why I’m a comedian).

Then I’d try to go to school on Monday, but it would be closed, obviously, on account of the supernatural massacre from Saturday night. I see Carrie walking the streets, and she remembers me. She remembers how I kept to myself, how I never made fun of her, and we become tight. Super close. She tells me all about her powers. She’s blowing up goats as a goof. She’s shaking vending machines so we get free candy. We’re best friends now. She grabs my hand and we levitate and fly off into the sunset like Peter Pan to Neverland.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’m hosting for Taylor Tomlinson at Helium October 24 – 26.

I want to promote the local stuff I like. If you’re in to anything there’s probably a scene for it in St. Louis. Figure out where those scenes are and support them. Support your friends. Support their friends. Go laugh, go drink beers, go mosh, go to local bike shops, go dance, go to local restaurants, just get out there and let artists know you back them. Without people supporting these things then there are none of these things.

Thank you. Byebye.

Enjoying these profiles of the local comedy scene? Get out and see a show this week. Then purchase your ticket to Flyover Comedy Festival, coming to The Grove in November. Over 100 local and touring comics will be bringing the laughs alongside headliners like Kyle Kinane & Sasheer Zamata. Wristbands are on sale now!