Steamboat native returns with comedy show
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What: Westward Ho!, an evening of Katie West Comedy
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 22
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs — She was the girl performing skits to make her friends giggle at weekly slumber parties, the world was her stage and she knew she was meant to perform.
Growing up in Steamboat Springs, Katie West was involved in musical theater, dance and acting. She spent much of her childhood touring with different groups, belting out notes on the middle and high school stages, and she even worked at the Chief Theater when she was older.
“Even for such a small community, Steamboat presented me with many opportunities for the performing arts world,” West said.
On Friday, Katie will return to her hometown for “Westward Ho!, an evening of Katie West Comedy” at the Chief Theater, with doors opening at 6:30 pm.
Usually, West explained over coffee on Wednesday, she gives her show a two-drink minimum, but for this show, she joked that people might need three or four. She has rewritten parts of her set to incorporate a lot of local humor and has high hopes to sell out the show. Roughly 175 seats are available inside the theater.
West left Steamboat a little over two years ago, moving to New York to pursue a passion that she said had burning inside her for years.
“I’ve always kind of been the one in the family to get you to laugh in the hard times, or the one who can find the humor in things,” West said. “It was just something I felt like I had to do. Comedy and laughter has just always been a massive part of my life.”
Upon moving to New York, West’s original intention was to study with the American Comedy Institute for a month-long program. However, after an invitation was extended for her to stay for a year, she decided to dive in and began studying what she calls the “entire gamut” of the comedy world. Her training has ranged from sketch writing and improv to stand-up and much more.
“Completely check your boundaries at the door,” West said about Friday’s show in Steamboat. “I’m going to talk about everything. It’s a completely adult show, it’s racy, nothing gets left out.
“I did a month-long writing workshop just to go through and make sure that I was incorporating my New York humor and being edgy but also keeping Steamboat in mind,” West added. “I draw a lot of comparisons between the two – Steamboat and New York.”
Chief Theatre Executive Director Scott Parker described West as one of the funniest, most talented people he’s ever met.
“She can sing and dance and act and write, and she’s putting it all together on stage for a great show at the Chief — not for the faint of heart,” Parker said.
Last October, West was an opener at the Chief and performed a 30-minute set, so this weekend’s show will mark her first hour-long show.
“An hour is a big deal,” West said, “in New York you’re lucky to get 10 minutes. It’s so wonderful to have the support of the community here.”
Moving forward, West would love to eventually embark on a United States tour, which would feature an hour-long show she would tailor for different audiences everywhere she went. From there, she can see a talk show in her future.
“My dreams and my goals aren’t small,” West said. “Being that I am an ‘all or nothing’ girl, I’m aiming really really, really high. Plus I’ll have to make enough money to pay for my families therapy after all these shows.”
Westward Ho! is intended for an 18-and-older crowd. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased either online at chieftheater.com or at All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.
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