Ep. 121: Nick Gossert – Creator, Booker and Referee at Lucha Libre & Laughs

Nick Gossert is the creator, booker and head referee for Lucha Libre & Laughs. If you’re a fan of both Mexican style lucha libre wrestling and stand-up comedy, this is the show for you. Winner of two prestigious Westword Best of Denver Awards for Best Comedy Night – here’s the writeup for their 2016 award – you’ll find hilarious color commentary from the inimitable Sam Tallent and former Jon of All Trades guest Nathan Lund punctuating great in-ring action and incredible stand-up comedy.

If you’ve known or followed me for any reasonable length of time, you’ll know my wrestling nerddom is no secret. I’ve adored this goofy intersection of remarkable athleticism, live action melodrama, and over-the-top moments for as long as I’ve been able to create permanent memories. Yet, despite this love, the closest I’ve ever come to running my promotion was in the notebooks I kept as unforgivably dorky teenager chronicling the escapades of my 4″ Hasbro WWE figures on the floor of my parents’ basement.

So it’s a thrill and an honor to talk to a man whose creative decisions and promotion abilities draw real crowds and make actual money. Nick Gossert has created a tremendous product, and a sterling reputation which is reflected in the show’s longevity. As you’ll hear in this week’s show, people seem to love to work for Nick, and after spending an hour+ chatting with him, it’s not hard to understand why.

Here are some things you can expect to learn from this week’s episode:

  • The real role of a referee in a fixed fight;
  • Why pro wrestling hurts more than you think it does;
  • How to build a successful promotion;
  • Why Insane Clown Posse have more shades than you think they do; and
  • If famous comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait has ever dropped an elbow inside a ring (He has!)

There’s a lot more than that, but you’ll just have to tune in to hear it. It’s a show near and dear to my heart for obvious reasons, and I think you’ll love it too. Sorry for some of the dorky insider jargon (e.g. kayfabe, go home, put over, etc.).

Check out Lucha Libre & Laughs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And be sure to check out their live show this Friday, January 20! Details are right here.

Download the show on iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or listen live at Jon of All Trades.

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