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‘Laugh Your Aspen Off’ debuts at Steve’s

Valley Journal Staff

Aspenite Beth Brandon performs Saturday, Dec. 9 in the stand-up showcase "Laugh Your Aspen Off" at Steve's Guitars in Carbondale. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

Fresh from two standing-room-only performances at the Eagles Club in Aspen, “Laugh Your Aspen Off ” Ten Local Comics Make Fun of Aspen and Below” comes to Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The standup comedy show features nine men and one woman, each a local with a point of view about life in the Roaring Fork Valley. Steve’s hosts the show in its intimate, 65-seat guitar showroom at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for the 18-and-over show, with Steve’s Guitars’ customary BYOB policy in effect.

According to “Laugh Your Aspen Off” founder and producer Clifford Fewel, who also is one of the comics, the idea for the show came to him last March while working at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.

“I heard Dave Chappelle describe Aspen as ‘your little Smurf village’ one evening while I was selling tickets at the tent,” said Fewel, “and it made me curious as to what an insider’s perspective about life in this area might be.”

As a standup comic with 10 years under his belt, Fewel wondered if there was enough local talent to stage a show about “life in Aspen and below.”

Auditions were held in September, and 10 locals with varying degrees of experience were chosen by a panel consisting of Fewel, KDNK “Celtic Thunder” program host Deirdre McLoughlin, actor Pat Holloran (“Tevye” in Aspen Community Theatre’s recent “Fiddler on the Roof”), and Crystal Palace Theater general manager and actress Nina Gabianelli, also a “Fiddler” alum (she played the Matchmaker).

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“The judges were blown away by the talent,” Fewel said.

The troupe staged the first two shows at the Eagles Club. Fewel said a highlight DVD has been sent to HBO with hopes of being accepted as a part of the 2007 Comedy Festival in Aspen in late February.

The Carbondale date was set to give the comics an opportunity to hone their sets and to develop new material that embraces the entire Roaring Fork Valley.

“Aspen wouldn’t be Aspen if we didn’t have other places to compare it to,” Fewel explained. “Will the downvalley crowd think it’s funny? Are there Subarus in Carbondale?”

The “Laugh Your Aspen Off” comics are: Beth Brandon, Don Chaney, Arthur Piubeni, Mark Thomas, Frankie Safferwich, Michael Yoder, Kevin “Karbon” Herzing, Mike Milota, Michael James Robinson and host/emcee Clifford Fewel.

Steve’s Guitars is located at 19 N. Fourth St. in Carbondale, one-half block east of Main Street. For more information, call Steve’s Guitars at (970) 963-3304, or the “Laugh Your Aspen Off” info line at (970) 274-8248.

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.