Words & Deeds

Local comedian to record live album this weekend at Boise nightclub

Good things come to those who wait. Or, as stand-up comedian Chad Heft might joke, to those who make questionable life decisions for years, move to Idaho for a fresh start, then finally get a buddy to help them record a live album.

Heft, who began doing stand-up 18 years ago in the Washington, D.C., area, is ready to make his debut comedy CD.

Yep, he’s pretty sure that he’s got his routine down now.

“I understand this seems kind of ridiculous,” he says. “But life happens.”

Heft will record all of his shows Thursday through Sunday at Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St. ($10-$12).

Since moving to Boise seven years ago, Heft has watched the comedy business remain as tough as it’s always been, if not become tougher. He occasionally makes out-of-state appearances, but it makes more sense to perform locally. “I’ve got a full-time job out here,” Heft says. “Not because I’m not funny, but because I’m not stupid.”

“Some (comedians) put out specials,” Heft, 42, says. “Those of us who don’t have access to HBO and Cinemax just do it the old way. Put out a live album.”

Fans should be able to purchase the album — or, possibly, albums, depending on how much material he decides to release — within a month or so at chadheft.com.

Heft says that fellow comedians who have released albums say it’s a cathartic experience.

“I just cannot wait to get it done,” Heft adds. “As scary as it it is, when you get rid of all your old stuff, when you move on and just start writing (new) stuff, that’s the real moment. I can’t wait to experience that.”