Pete presents: Al Lubel
Who is Pete and what is he presenting?
Pete Szumowski somehow completed a stand-up tour around the world which lasted 409 days. It was spread
across 5 continents, occured in 3 languages was seen over 30 countries at more than a dozen comedy
festivals. He has now returned to the land where it all began- Warsaw city.
"Pete presents" is a monthly English comedy event where Pete Szumowski invites comics from all around the
world. He presents and they perform- what else do You need?
Al Lubel became a lawyer to satisfy his mother and quit to become a comic to satisfy his desire to torture her.
Luckily for Al his gamble paid off when two years later he won the $100,000 Comedy Grand Prize on Star Search. Doing the Tonight Show was a childhood fantasy, so Al auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny Carson. He went on to do six more Tonight Show appearances with Jay Leno and made five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. Al has played an attorney on the Blake Clark HBO Comedy Hour and has been featured in the Showtime and PBS special, A Standup Life. He has also played played Bill Walton's sidekick in the the ESPN series, Bill Walton's Long Strange Trip.
Al's solo show, Al Alone, won the Amused Moose Award Judges Prize as the best one person show in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Two years later he was nominated for best performer of a solo show by the Barry Awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Last March, Al was Marc Maron's guest on WTF with Marc Maron.
But Al does miss the practice of law. He says, "I'd like to have just one more trial, something serious like a murder trial because right before I give my closing argument and my client's fate hinges on each and every word I say I want to see his face when I turn to him and whisper, I'm a comedian!"