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ComedySportz – Nov. 8th, 2018

November 6th, 2018
ComedySportz

I really just wish that they weren’t Red versus Blue, since this column will be released on what is arguably the nation’s most contentious midterm election day in history (go vote, everyone!). On the other hand, I hate that the two-party political system has radicalized emotional responses to something as benign as primary colors. What am I talking about? It has literally nothing to do with government. It’s just games — theater games, in the form of ComedySportz. There’s a distinct irony that is probably not lost on the group’s founders that most of their participants are not, even... Read More

Backstage: Denver Improv Festival

October 23rd, 2018
Denver Improv Festival

‘Tis the season! For ghosts and ghouls and turkey dinners and a depressing-exhilarating amount of gifts to be given and received. It’s inflatable witches and kandy korn and all sorts of treats and festivities for all of us, no matter how secular or religious we may be. Spoiler alert: I’m not actually a huge fan of Halloween, which makes me feel like a tiny minority amongst my Millennial generation. Dressing up in an elaborate costume and hanging out in a room full of drunk people? That’s what I do on weeknights, all year round. What I’m most excited about for this season is what happens... Read More

Jump Up on Stage

May 22nd, 2018

One of my idols is Julia Child. Brilliant cook and charismatic personality, of course she was. She was also tall and gawky and quite homely. She bloomed late in life, doing nothing of public note for the first fifty of her many years and not exploring romance until her mid-thirties. She stumbled onto the passion of her professional life, French cooking, as the stumbled toward her 40th birthday. I relate to all of this late-blooming and awkwardness. Especially the bits about being tall and gawky. *insert self-deprecating eyeroll here* I love cooking and could write another column about that (hint,... Read More

Notorious VAG

May 8th, 2018

I, like everyone who is currently, or has ever been, an adolescent, am convinced that the world just doesn’t UNDERSTAND me. One of my main points of pique is that I am convinced that I have a reputation for being a rabid man-hater. The hurtful-truth part of this conviction is that it is not without merit and neither is the reputation. I will claim a nuance, though. I don’t hate *men.* Men are fun. They’re fun to talk to and flirt with, sometimes date and sleep with. I love the give-no-f***s boldness that men often display in greater portions than women. (Don’t get me started, though, on... Read More

Barkley at the Voodoo

February 6th, 2018

It may have escaped the attention of the average layperson, but there’s been a gaping vacuum of power in the Denver all-male-longform-improv-team scene in the last two years. I’m happy to report that this game of thrones has been settled. The new reigning monarch is Barkley. Barkley is six guys who make empty space into hilarity. For those who might not be familiar, improv is a comedy form where the performers solicit a suggestion from the audience and then create a comedic scene in real time, using that suggestion for inspiration and completely improvising all lines of dialogue and actions... Read More