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Standup ShaNae Ross on clean comedy, Denver's best venues and being the "Butt Girl"

ShaNae Ross doesn't tell dirty jokes. She doesn't get political, unless you count poking fun at racial differences as she does in a bit where she asks the audience to guess an imaginary person's race based on their name. She also doesn't approach religion, despite having a religious background. Ross was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went to high school in Aurora, and entered the comedy world by participating in the 2006 Comedy Works New Face Talent Competition. Since then, she found ways to address risky subjects in her own way and made the Denver Improv in Stapleton her home-away-from-home.

Tonight she will perform in the Improv's Ladies Night Out showcase; next week, she will host three nights with Bruce Bruce, actor and former host of BET's ComicView. We recently sat down with Ross to discuss her future plans, her favorite comedy venues and getting recognized in the grocery store as the "Butt Girl."

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