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Ring in 2019 with laughter at the New Year’s Eve Stand-Up Comedy Show

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Stand-up comedians cause laughter while simultaneously leaving space for an escape.

“We all have stresses or experience some trial in our life,” said Kristin Cronin, organizer of the New Year’s Eve Stand-Up Comedy show at the Chief Theater on Monday. “Anything from coming up with enough money for rent to the death of a loved one, or maybe it’s a test that’s coming up — sometimes, these trials are big and sometimes small. It never really ends.”

Comedy provides relief. Which is what Cronin and seven of the comedians featured in the show hope to deliver.

The show will be guided by emcee Tony Counts with a lineup that includes local comedians Drew Mcelhany, Andrhey Martinez, Avery Cavender, Kyle Noblett, Michael DeNova and Spencer Garland, making a debut performance.

If you go

What: New Year’s Eve Stand-Up Comedy

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Zoe Messinger, a Los Angeles comedian who has performed at venues like The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv, will also make an appearance.

“Laughing at ourselves, it’s healing,” Cronin said. “It’s about finding the truth in any situation and being able to deliver it in a funny way is why I think comedy is sought after and appreciated.”

It’s an art form that’s both terrifying and gratifying.

“Getting up on stage, telling jokes and not knowing how people will react — even god forbid, you get heckled — you’re really putting yourself out there,” Cronin said.

While the Chief Theater typically features nationally known comedians like Sam Tallent and Jackie Flynn, Cronin approached Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater, earlier this year about facilitating a workshop based on Judd Apatow’s “Stand-Up Comedy Masterclass.”

“I put it out there, and a lot of people showed interest,” Cronin said. “Then it spiraled from there to collaborating and sharing ideas. It was a space where it was OK to say anything without judgment.”

Throughout the last few months, each person in the group has developed his or her style and overcome some kind of fear or challenge.

“The hardest part is that you really have to get honest,” Cronin said. “You have to talk about something that’s really personal to you and allow yourself to be vulnerable.”

While the topics vary for each person, the best content comes from vulnerability and finding universal truths or points of connection.

“We write and talk from the heart,” Cronin said. “When people laugh, that’s when we know they identify with what we are saying.”

The concepts behind stand-up can be a juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity, Cronin said. Essentially, every three lines, the comedian needs to say something funny to keep the audience interested.

Even more importantly, comedy takes persistence and a thick skin.

“It takes courage to do stand-up comedy, more than it takes someone to be funny,” Cronin said. “You could be the funniest person in the world, but if you don’t have the courage to do it, then it’s not going to happen.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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