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Back Bowl Comedy Night returns for the summer

Somewhere between his first couple of years doing standup in his hometown of Denver, Troy Walker thought it might be best to finish one of his childhood goals, just in case ‘this comedy thing’ didn’t work out.

So, between gigs and even on days of appearances around town, Walker would settle in to a stack of books at law school. Perhaps that’s an explanation for his keen observational skills and his ability to weave those observations in the hilarious delivery that has earned Walker, who appears Saturday, July 19, at 8:30pm at the Back Bowl in Eagle, two first-place finishes in the ‘Summer Comedy Contest’ held annually by the Denver’s top club, The Comedy Works.

Walker knew early that he needed to flex his comedic muscles. He was still in high school when he began to approach clubs about getting a shot at stand up. Being a minor at the time did not bode well for his success in the clubs and he settled for writing and doing improv in school and college.

Once he attained ‘majority’ status he was finally able to start performing at various open mic’s, scratching and clawing his way up from heckler-ridden dive bars to some of the biggest stages in Denver. As testimony to his resilience and effort he is now a member of the regular rotation at the iconic Comedy Works. When he’s not headlining there, he is opening for some of the top comic talent in the country when they pass through town.

In addition to his Denver and other regional gigs, he has performed in The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, The Telluride Comedy Festival, and prestigious The Aspen Laff Festival where he was the winner of the ‘New Faces’ contest.

Opening the July 19 bill will be rising star Elliott Woolsey. He regularly appears at the Denver Improv, Comedy Works and Comedy Works South. His high-energy and charismatic style have helped him become a mainstay of Denver’s comedy scene, winning many of the local “new talent” competitions.

This will be the first show of the summer for ‘Comedy Night at the Bowlmor’ at the Back Bowl, after a brief mud-season hiatus following the most successful season since the live comedy series began over eight years ago. Comedy Night at the Bowlmor works in partnership with The Comedy Works to bring the region’s top standup talent to the valley.

Tickets for ‘Comedy Night at the Bowlmor’ are on sale now for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Back Bowl, or by phone with a credit card by calling 328-BOWL.

For more information, contact The Bowlmor Lounge at the Back Bowl at 328-BOWL ext. 12, or go to www.thebackbowl.com


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