Serving up laughs has always been a knack for Hesperia resident Travis Sers. Now he's taking his talents to the stage hoping that one day it will turn into a career.
In only three short months, Sers, 24, has made the most of the little time he's spent under the bright lights of the stage. Under the tutelage of Hollywood promoter, Matt Tailor, Sers has already landed gigs at several prominent venues including West Hollywood's famous Comedy Store and Ontario Improv.
"I've been one of the lucky ones to slip through the cracks and get on stage," Sers said.
Performing alongside famous headlining comedians, such as Bobby Lee and Bill Burr, Sers' first performance was in September at an open mic night alongside his brother.
"I saw one of my buddies doing it and I really wanted to get into it," said Sers. "I was extremely nervous that first time."
But those nerves seem to have dissipated, translating into early success for the aspiring comedian. On Dec. 26, Sers performed in front of a sold out crowd at the Ontario Improv receiving positive reviews afterwards.
"Several people told me that I was their favorite comedian," said Sers, who was also recognized by an old friend that night.
Being so inexperienced, Sers knows that it will take a lot of hard work and dedication to figure out all the nuances of his new line of work. Caring a notepad on him at all times, Sers is constantly trying to improve his act.
"I'm just trying to soak up all the information that more experienced comedians have to offer me," said Sers, who likes to base his material off of his childhood and the difficulties of being a father.
Currently working full time at Stater Bros. to support his wife and two daughters, his journey to stardom has not been without some hardship both on and off stage. Learning how to balance 30 to 40 hours of work a week, spending time with his family, and finding time to promote his comedy sketch has been difficult for Sers.
"It's a struggle especially when I have a family, but everyone's real supportive," said Sers. "I have to follow my dream."
Sers' is next scheduled to perform at the Ontario Improv on Jan. 30. The show begins at 8 p.m. with an $18 cover fee and two drink minimum. Attendees must be 21 or older.