But Seriously, Folks

Five local comics tell all.

Name, age, day job:

Greg Baumhauer, 27 years old, student/drag-queen waiter.

How long have you been doing comedy?

What's so funny? How about (from left) Greg 
Baumhauer, Donna Ayers, Andrew Orvedahl, Matt 
Conty and Jake Sharon.
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What's so funny? How about (from left) Greg Baumhauer, Donna Ayers, Andrew Orvedahl, Matt Conty and Jake Sharon.

Ten months.

What was your best time on stage?

It's a tie. I did the "Bobo and Blue Show" at Comedy Works a few times and that was a blast, and I also did a contest at Catacombs in Boulder. The sound wasn't working, so we had to do the show a capella. It was a crowded, tiny room that was jam-packed with people, and me and two of my friends all tied for first so we did a joke-off, which went into triple overtime. I didn't win, but it was awesome doing the 8 Mile comedy battle. Although the best story I have is when I did a show in Elizabeth at this place that was a bar/restaurant/bookstore/laundromat. I walked in and saw at least fifty cowboy hats, and it wasn't a gay bar, so I was little worried. I'm there for no more than five minutes, and I feel a penny hit me in the back. I turn around and I see a cowboy flipping me off and shouting "fuck you!" The show hadn't even started yet. Now I'm convinced that I'm going to get my ass kicked by this guy because I have to call him out on stage, but luckily for me he left right before I got on.

Worst?

Another tie. The first was when I opened up for the Bag Lady and Tampon Man in a redneck bar in Evergreen (I don't think I need to explain anything there), and when I did another contest in Boulder and some asshole kept yelling through my entire set. He didn't stop, and the worst thing was, he wasn't even yelling actual words, he was just making noise and no matter how many times I'd shut him down he just kept yelling. If that guy is reading this article, I just want to say that I hope you get the worst case of genital warts ever.

Largest audience you've performed in front of?

Anywhere from 200 to 300 people -- whatever the Comedy Works' maximum capacity is.

Favorite comedians:

Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Troy Baxley.

What do you think of the Denver scene?

I really like the Denver scene; I've found it to be pretty accessible. I think it's a great place to start out and develop your craft. You've got a good mix of people in Denver, from the urbanites to the cowboy types, so you get to see how your stuff will do with different audiences. I also think that there's a lot of talented people here, and I get to learn a lot by watching and talking with them, but at the same time there aren't too many comics here like in New York or L.A., so you don't get lost in the shuffle. It also doesn't hurt having one of the best comedy clubs in the country here.

Why do you do comedy?

My goal as a comedian is to master my craft and to make a living at this so I never have to wake up early again -- unless it's for court. I don't really care about becoming a big movie star or anything like that, although I'd love to take over for Jon Stewart when he leaves The Daily Show.

What question should I have asked you?

My booking info.


Name, age, day job:

Andrew Orvedahl, 27, by day I do phone customer service for a pants company -- which is exactly as soul-edifying as it sounds.

How long have you been doing comedy?

For about a year and a month.

What was your best time on stage?

That one time, when I was all telling jokes and shit.

Worst?

Pretty much any time there's people having table conversation during the show. If I had to pick one singular incident, it would probably be the time I accidentally set that lamb on fire. That was the last time I tried prop comedy.

Largest audience you've performed in front of?

300, maybe 400 people.

Favorite comedians:

I don't watch stand-up on TV, so I'll stick with my local favorites: Troy Baxley, Roger Rittenhouse, Chuck Roy, Brian Kellun, Josh Blue, Harrison "Clint" Rains, Matt "Jiffy Lube" Conty, Greg "The Goose" Baumhauer, Ben "I can't think of any other semi-amusing nicknames right now" Kronberg.

What do you think of the Denver scene?

I think the Denver scene is pretty great. There seems to be enough open mikes to always work on new stuff throughout the week and there's a good mix of comedy veterans and new talent. The one gripe would be that Denver is so isolated as a city, you have to take a road trip to try another big club.

Why do you do comedy?

I do comedy because I am bad at math. My goals and aspirations? Something shiny. Or just to make enough money to quit my day job. Okay, I'll settle for a crisp fiver. Please.

What question should I have asked you?

You should have asked me my mother's maiden name, so you could have used my credit card to buy a hang-glider kit. God, that was a horrible answer. Or question. Whatever.

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