Comedians to humor Steamboat crowd
July 31, 2014
Steamboat Springs — At the end of the day, Sam Tallent's definitive goal is to make a room full of strangers laugh.
It's part of the life he lives as a stand-up comedian.
"It's really given a guy like me something to hang my hat on," he said about his passion for the profession. "With a lot of jobs, you just are going to work and going through the motions. But with comedy, you know you have an hour to make a whole room bust out in laughter."
Coming from Denver's renowned Comedy Works Theater, Tallent and Byron Graham will share their surreal stories and life experiences in a hilarious way to an audience at the Chief Theater on Friday.
"It's an art that is lacking here; it just doesn't really occur in Steamboat," Scott Parker, the executive director at the Chief Theater, said about the absence of stand-up comedy in town. "I mean, have you seen a stand-up comedy show here recently?"
After this weekend's show, he hopes the theater will host stand-up comedy shows at least once per month. Kicking off the turning of a new leaf in comedy for Steamboat, Tallent's background presents him as a personality not to miss.
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He has performed with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Reggie Watts and Dana Carvey, among others. He also is part of the Fine Gentlemans Club, a comedy collective that produces a weekly hit showcase, "Too Much Fun!"
Contrary to what some may think, he said Denver is "exploding" with comedians and the culture of comedy as a performance art. Growing up in Colorado and living in Denver has helped mold his comedic personality.
"There is kind of this laidback, libertarian aspect of Colorado comedians," he said. "Comedy is usually a lone-wolf art form, but here we pack up a bit more."
To go along with his mellow persona, Tallent welcomes unforeseen circumstances — especially hecklers.
"Ah man, I love ’em!" he exclaimed. "A lot of comedians look at their time on stage as their moment and remain separate from the audience. I just like to think of it more as ‘Hey, we are all here just talking.’"
Rather than bashing them and firing witty insults at interruptions, he incorporates those characters into his show.
"It's an organic, special moment with the crowd because they will never see the same show twice. You have to embrace those moments that the crowd give you or else the whole performance becomes false."
Recounting strange interactions on a daily basis, Tallent's material comes from a wide variety of occurrences. A lot of those include stories about his girlfriend and any relationships he has with the people in his life. Sometimes it's about weird things that happened to him, and other times, it's a relatable story.
"It's kind of a surreal thing, everyone has similar experiences and you find all of these situations that almost everyone has gone through,” he said.
Putting his own twist on interpretations of life, this jovial spirit doesn't mind life on the road traveling to shows.
"I love making people laugh," he said. "It's definitely an art form that I very much enjoy exploring the confines of on a daily basis."
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