Feeling funny? Comedy auditions set | AspenTimes.com

Feeling funny? Comedy auditions set

ASPEN ” Fresh off the chuckles inspired by their recent Wheeler Opera House engagement, the Laugh Your Aspen Off troupe is looking for additional talent to join the stand-up comedy group.

Auditions for Laugh Your Aspen Off spots will be held Friday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Crystal Palace in Aspen. Applicants, even novices, are asked to prepare two to five minutes of original material with a local focus. Use of notes during the audition is acceptable.

Pre-registration is required; e-mail mary@laughyouraspenoff.com to secure a time slot. The auditions will be held before a panel of local judges, including the show’s producers, Clifford and Mary Fewel.

“With so many performance requests coming our way, we must be realistic that the current 11 comics cannot be everywhere at once,” explained Clifford Fewel, Laugh Your Aspen Off founder/comic. “Also, for equal time’s sake, we would love to have a comic speaking from the perspective of the fabulously wealthy. At very least, he or she could buy drinks after the shows,” he quipped.

The standup comedy troupe comprised of local comics recorded a fifth consecutive sellout on Feb. 10 at the 503-seat Wheeler Opera House, following engagements late last year at the Aspen Eagles Club followed by a couple of Carbondale gigs. Next, Laugh Your Aspen Off brings standup comedy back to the funky confines of the Eagles Club on March 1-3. The dates ” not coincidentally ” coincide with U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s return to Aspen. It was last year’s festival that fueled Fewel’s vision of a locally inspired comedy show ” one in which the joke’s on Aspen and the valley.

The troupe will also donate its talents as the main attraction on Thursday, March 15, at the Belly Up Aspen for the Shining Star Foundation’s annual fundraiser, which will be open to the public.

The show, laden with inside jokes ” HOV lanes, dating in Aspen ” has proven a hit with audiences. Demand for the show apparently continues though it has already been staged numerous times.

“People respond to funny and funny is exactly what the comics are,” Fewel contends. “There is an endless supply of local stuff to laugh about, and we’ve proven that because no two shows have been the same since we started last fall.”

For more information, contact Fewel at 274-8248.

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