“There’s a good number of LGBTQ comedians in Colorado, and chances are usually pretty decent that some members of the audience are LGBTQ as well,” says Wieleba of Shtick, which had a brief run at the Bar until that venue unexpectedly closed last spring. “However,” she adds, “if there are other, straight comedians on the bill, there’s a possibility there might be some jokes at a homosexual or transgender’s expense. On a showcase that’s made up of a variety of comedians, the audience is just as varied in taste and culture; however, if an LGBT comic is doing LGBT material, they would definitely be more relatable to the guy who loves Hello, Dolly instead of the guy who loves football and carburetors — that’s a thing straight people like, right?”
Altered Shtick was originally established by Denver humor heavyweights Chuck Roy, Mona Lott, Penny From Heaven and Wieleba herself, who promises cameos from her former compatriots in this new edition as well as others in the diverse scene, guaranteeing enough variety to entertain almost anyone outside of Westboro Baptist Church.
The curtain goes up tonight at 7 p.m. at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd Street; tickets are $5. For more information, call 303-578-0079 or go to voodoocomedy.com.
Sat., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2013