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ATL Comic Profile: Gilbert Lawand

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Gilbert Lawand is a likeably odd mix of things. Born in Iraq and raised in Warm Springs, Georgia, he is a comedian, and an accountant. Despite freelance consulting by day, the oxy-moronic Lawand plays a pivotal role in Atlanta's comedy scene at night. He runs the Comedy Gold room out of the Landmark Diner in Buckhead every Friday and Saturday; he also organizes a monthly Comedy Gold show at the Warren. The UGA alum ('98) received his MBA from Emory University in '04, and his worlds collided when he was named the "South's Funniest Accountant" by Accountants One at the 2009 contest, held at Center Stage. Lawand performs regularly at local rooms around town.

ATLien since: 1998

Comedian since: 2007

A lil' joke: "I did a show recently in a city I dislike. I don't want to offend anyone so I'll just say that it's 2 hours north of Atlanta. And it's Chattanooga. I was walking to my car after the show, and a huge redneck angrily yelled 'Hey man, you're one funny Mexican!' That's the first time I was proud to be Mexican. But then again, I've only been Mexican since September 12, 2001. Most people know exactly where they were when that tragedy occurred. I was at Home Depot, figuring out my new culture."

Upcoming performances:
Sep 14 - Seriously Funny Show - Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Sep 15 - Atypical Southern Comedy Quartet - The Warren - Atlanta, GA
Sep 17 - Comedy Gold - Landmark Diner - Atlanta, GA
Sep 18 - Comedy Gold - Landmark Diner - Atlanta, GA

Contact info:
facebook.com/ComedianGilbert
atlantacomedygold.com



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