Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kristin Rand
#51: Kristin Rand
Kristin Rand is one of Denver's funniest people. You can catch her in the act at comedy nights and clubs all over town, because she's also a hardworking gal. Your best bets include Moxie!, her monthly sketch revue with fellow comic Mara Wiles at Syntax Physic Opera, and the Greater Than Social Club music and comedy showcase, which she hosts once a month at Lannie's. What makes the funny lady tick? We asked her to tell all in her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.
Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Kristin Rand: The cast of Saturday Night Live at any point, ever. I grew up watching the show, I don't know if I've missed an episode since I was eleven or twelve years old. Cast members from more recent seasons like Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Taran Killam and Jenny Slate would be a dream come true to write/act with.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Artist Dallas Clayton is pretty wonderful. He makes the sweetest, simplest, most inspiring artwork. He's just so dedicated to spreading light. He's a warrior for love.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
None of it. Let people make art. It's not all supposed to be good, but usually people are doing it because they need to.
What's your day job?
I'm a nanny for a couple of really precious kids. They rule.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
I buy small, cool residences all over the world and they're all awesome. I work less and am able to travel more and continue to perform and do yoga and watch live music and lay in hammocks and climb mountains and dance. And if my friends want to come, they can. 'Cause I'm super-rich from all these unlimited funds.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
I think it's about giving children more access to arts education. The current structure of the traditional education system doesn't focus enough on creative expression. Having the opportunity to learn how to channel energy in something other than making an A on a math/spelling test would be huge.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
Ru Johnson hustles so hard, and she's the coolest person, too. She has an amazing collective of artists, she's a dope writer. In my eyes, she can do no wrong. And Chimney Choir. I know that's a whole group of people but good god, I love them.
What's on your agenda in the coming year?
Keep expanding, keep traveling, keep learning.
Who do you think will get noticed in the local comedy community in 2014 and beyond?
I think big things will keep happening for Chris Charpentier. He's a funny, funny man, and he deserves big successes.
See Kristin Rand this weekend at a Halloween-themed edition of Moxie! Presents The Kristin and Mara Show!, beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Syntax Physic Opera. Admission to the monthly showcase is $5, and well worth it.
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