Nina Rolle is not only funny - that's her semi-self-deprecating surface. Underneath that she's quite a heavy hitter, with lots of classical themes on her mind, and with both the muscial and literary chops to take them on. I'll watch anything she does.
Best Absurdist Cabaret Artist - 2007
What do Zen and cabaret have in common? Nothing, unless you're Nina Rolle. The artist describes Zen Cabaret as "a traveling medicine show that pitches a tent in whatever town it's in, and then these rogues show up and put on a production." Most recently, Rolle pitched her Zen tent in Boulder for Zen Cabaret Version 6.5: Play Money, complete with audience-interaction elements, a soundtrack provided by Jayme Stone and absurdist retail therapy. "In a way, the whole thing is a practice of how I like to laugh, the kind of laugh I want to bring to people," Rolle explains. So chuckle it up.