"My wife a Yeti so she kind of afraid of fire," Bigfoot grunts as the opener to one of his jokes. "She such a bad cook, we pray after meals." Pause. "Only thing passed around our table is gas," he concludes. The Borscht Belt stylings may seem a little antiquated, but when they're delivered by Bigfoot -- stand-up comedian Keith Orell dressed as the furry creature -- they merit another listen. People who attend live comedy certainly think so.
"I've been doing stand-up for ten years," Orell says. "I've been doing Bigfoot for two. I was never recognized before. People recognize Bigfoot."
Curious Sasquatch seekers can catch Orell waxing Henny Youngman-like, only hairier, at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo Street, when he hosts Bigfoot's Big Nite O' Entertainment. Over the course of the evening, Orell's mother -- comedian and impressionist Louise DuArt, the host of Fox Family's Living the Life -- will appear dressed as Barbara Walters for an interview with Bigfoot. Orell's cousin (affectionately known as "Cousin Dave"), a member of the Summit County groove-rock group Big Slick, will perform a solo acoustic set tonight; and local comedy favorite Ben Kronberg will spit out jokes as well. Bigfoot himself will be accompanied by the Bigfoot Singers, a four-man a cappella group that will shadow the crypto-zoological leader throughout the night. And as if that's not enough, Bigfoot will give every tenth person a free beer.
So throw Bigfoot five bucks at the door for an entertaining time. You know how much money his wife wastes by burning food. For information, call 303-477-9984. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
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Zep throat barks again.
Poor Terry Reid. The barely-remembered singer was Jimmy Page's first pick as the front man of the post-Yardbirds group he was forming in 1968. Reid, disastrously, decided to bank on his solo career -- so Page had to settle for a young blues singer from an unknown bar band called Hobbstweedle.
Four decades and innumerable myths later, Robert Plant is still hammering away. Flushed with the critical success of Mighty Rearranger, the Tall Cool One lives up to his new disc's name, pumping out slight variations of all the familiar barks, bellows and "baby-baby-baby's" he's infamous for. Besides leading his current outfit, the Strange Sensation, through tons of his solo hits, Plant will seed his set tonight at the Universal Lending Pavilion with levee-breaking selections from Zeppelin's infinitely heavy oeuvre. Who knows? Maybe he'll even throw ol' Terry a bone and cover one of his songs. But probably not.
Universal Lending Pavilion is located at 1000 Chopper Circle; doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets range from $39.50 to $65. Call 303-405-1111 or visit www.citylightspavillion.com for information. -- Jason Heller