Friday, June 5, 2009

Big Wood Bringing Down The Ice House

Rancho Cucamonga comedian Big Wood performs Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 23 at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.

(PASADENA, Calif.)  Inland Empire resident Big Wood, who is known as one of the hottest up-and-coming comedians, will perform in two shows at Pasadena’s historic Ice House Comedy Club.


It hosts Big Wood Tuesday, June 9 and again Tuesday, June 23. He plans to perform there regularly. Both shows start at 8 p.m., but Big Wood urges people to come early for good seats.


Ice House regular Bobbie Oliver, who hosts both shows, bills the June 9 show as “the hottest up-and-coming Los Angeles area comedians.” At the June 23 show, Big Wood will entertain with several celebrity comedians, including a star of the film “Cool Runnings,” in a show called “Too Hip For the Room.”


“This is an opportunity for my friends, family and followers in the area, the Inland Empire and Los Angeles to get out and see me perform,” said Big Wood, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga. “And they will enjoy the show.”


Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 on his website,


The Ice House opened in 1960. It calls itself “America’s oldest stand-up comedy club” and has hosted top names such as Steve Martin, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon and Jeff Foxworth.


“Bob Hope was here. Everyone who is famous in comedy has performed at The Ice House,” Big Wood said.  “ I am stoked that I can call The Ice House my home now.”


Big Wood has performed in many southern California venues, but notes the Ice House Comedy Club, is known for hosting some of America’s funniest comedians, This will give him more exposure in southern California and elsewhere.


Also, he will release his first solo comedy album, “Nothing But the Truth,” on Aug. 22. It will be available at Best Buy, VIP Records in Long Beach and through his website,


Winston Woodard , A.K.A. Big Wood, was raised in the small country town of Forrest City, Ark., with one police car and no fire department.  He moved to Pomona, Calif. at the age of 9 and graduated from Pomona High School in 1985.  He went on to play football at Citrus College and Phoenix City College in Arizona.  In his spare time he was hanging out in the comedy clubs.  “Where ever there was a comedy club, I was there!” says Big Wood.


Growing up he liked all the attention, always entertaining people by making them laugh.  He was the funny member of the family and good storyteller.  If someone was sick or there was a death in the family, his company was requested to bring laughter to the situation.


He tried to be just like his grandfather, Joe Diesel 


“Although my grandfather had only a second grade education he was a hardworking man,” Big Wood said. “ He had to provide for his family, if he could have gone further with his education he would have, but he did what was best to provide for his family. He bought joy and laughter to our family. He was a funny man. He encouraged me to go as far as i can with my education because the door is open for me to be whatever i want to be and that's why I am the way I am today. Mr. Funnybone himself.”


Big Wood was often known as the “jokester.”  He knew he wanted to be a comedian since the sixth grade.  “I knew I was funny, I had no idea I would end up a professional comedian. If you were to ask any of his friends they would say, “this guy is funny!”  He often thought to himself, “Why is everyone so quiet?  Lets have some laughter while were working.”


He severed in the military for three years as a Gunner on the M1 Abram Tank from 1987-1990.  He also brought laughter to the service but it was too serious for him at times.  He was given an honorable discharge.


Big Woods other occupation is truck driving.  He has been in the truck driving business since 1991.  When he’s not making people laugh he is on the road thinking of new material for his sets.  He has a 14-year-old son, a 17-year-old daughter and wife of 17 years.  Big Wood is a true well-rounded family man with an ambitious future in comedy.


“No matter how old you may be, you have a passion, you have a dream, and timing is everything.  Live out your passion and dream,” says Big Wood.  “I am doing my part at this tough time and that’s making people laugh and smile.”


To find out more information on Big Wood and his appearances you can visit his website at