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Jesús U. BettaWork on the ups and downs of figuring out his comedy act in public

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On stage you can find comedian Jesús U. BettaWork dressed in gold sequins, dancing, and telling jokes with vaudevillian and burlesque flair.

But he only started doing stand-up five years ago. He spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about the ups and downs of becoming a comic.

"I know that feeling of forced laughter, and that's pretty painful. As painful as it is as a performer, I prefer the silence to forced laughter."

Jesús U. BettaWork will be performing at the White Horse Inn, 6551 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland on Thursday, January 25, and at the Stud Bar SF, 399 Ninth St. in San Francisco on Sunday, January 28.