For the first few issues of Santa Cruz Waves magazine, I tried out an idea for a ongoing feature I called “What’s Your Deal?”
Here’s the first iteration, focusing on a local comedian and educator who also has a history as a pro wrestler … as in the WWE kind.
Dave Grimes is quickly becoming a fixture of the local comedy scene with his penchant for puns and literary-infused sense of humor. By day he works for a natural education school, but by night, you can often find him dropping jokes like they’re hot at places like the Red Room, the Blue Lagoon, the Mediterranean in Aptos and Surf City Billiards, among others.
The bespectacled, mild-mannered seeming Grimes is no stranger to performing—it turns out he used to be a professional wrestler.
And not of the Greco-Roman style. No, full on WWE, Hulk Hogan-style wrestling.