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Slam dunks

Comedian Harrold Gomez learned early in life that being funny didn't get the girls, but it kept him out of the school nurse's office.

"I'm a black guy with a Hispanic name who went to Catholic school," Gomez says in his bio. "Hey, what haven't I heard?"

Gomez will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at Chadwick's Pub in the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

As a child, Gomez spent his time in Bensonhurst, a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, playing basketball against Italian kids. He'd make jokes at their expense and then take off before any fighting broke out.

He left New York and came to Seattle where he went from making jokes on the basketball court to making jokes in comedy clubs. Today he slam-dunks jokes and makes audiences laugh, and at the end of the show he still takes off before any beatings get started.

Gomez's style of comedy seems to be working for him. He was the 2002 winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and he was a finalist in Comedy Central's 2003 "Laugh Riots."

He has performed with Bernie Mack, Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Ray Romano and Dave Chappelle.

Jeff Dye, a new face on the comedy scene, will open the shows at Chadwick's Pub. Dye won the 2007 Giggles Laff-off held in Seattle, and he took third place in the 2006 Giggles competition.

Admission to the shows at Chadwick's costs $5. Call 282-2122.

Jim Summers and Randall Knight will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Ground Zero, 123 S. Front St., Medford.

Summers is a former guard who worked at the Salinas Valley State Prison for 15 years. He began taking acting classes and performing for school programs that counsel troubled youth. He tells stories about the penitentiary to students, and they listen because of his experience.

Summers takes his audiences on a hilarious journey that starts with his childhood and includes his views on marriage and children. Along with his work in youth programs, he appears regularly at The Improv in San Jose and The Punchline and Cobbs in San Francisco. He's also worked as a contributing writer for George Carlin's Laugh.com.

Knight hails from Bend and performs in clubs around the Northwest.

Admission to shows at Ground Zero costs $5 and includes a buffet-style dinner. Call 779-4827.

Harrold Gomez moved off the court and onto the stage when he left Brooklyn for the West Coast. He performs Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at Chadwick's Pub in Medford. Another comic, Jeff Dye, will open the shows. - Tribble Run Comedy Network