Before Steven Michael Quezada played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the multi-Emmy Award-winning Breaking Bad phenomenon, he was a touring comedian, playwright and advocate for education reform.
Quezada is a product of the rapidly growing New Mexico film scene. "I pursued acting when I was 16, but I started in community theatre," Quezada said. The Eastern New Mexico University alumni started writing his own comedy plays and was encouraged to try stand up comedy. It wasn't long before Quezada started touring with latino comedy legends like George Lopez and Paul Rodriguez.
The five-time New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association comedian of the year has worked with various Albuquerque youth intervention and academic groups like Youth Development Inc. "I have been doing gang intervention programs since the 80s. I'm trying to get educators to look at alternative teaching methods," Quezada said. "I have three kids and they all learn differently."
Quezada helped curate a youth theater program that encouraged at-risk students to learn all aspects of the art form and improve academically.
"They learn how to manage budgets, writing, research, set design, math and business," Quezada said.
Quezada worked closely with Breaking Bad co-stars Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston. "I was so lucky to play Dean's partner and be his student," Quezada said. "I learned how to control my emotions and fears. You can't lie to the camera."
Despite the epic conclusion, Quezada says he still keeps in contact with the Breaking Bad cast.
"When you work that close with people, they become your family," Quezada said.
You can catch Steven Michael Quezada at Laffs Comedy Caffe this weekend. Click here for more information.
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