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Comedian AJ Finney returns to the Back Bowl Saturday

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AJ Finney has appeared on several television programs, including "Last Comic Standing."
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If you go ...

What: AJ Finney with Zach Mass.

Where: Back Bowl in Eagle.

When: Saturday, 8:15 p.m.

Cost: $19 in advance, $22 day-of.

More information: thebackbowl.com, 970-328-2695.

The Valley’s longest-running comedy series, Comedy Night at the Bowlmor, returns to the Back Bowl in Eagle on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. with the appearance of comedian AJ Finney.

Unique style

Finney may not be the first person to feel he should have been born in another era, but, when that era is the ‘60s, when peace and love … and a few trendy chemical amusements … reigned supreme, you develop a unique world view that becomes the source of some pretty hilarious comedic material.

Finney’s energetic delivery has been described as stylistically manic and artistically brilliant. However you choose to describe his style, he seems to have leveraged it successfully over his own ‘long strange trip’ to notoriety.

Finney… (developed) a unique world view that becomes the source of some pretty hilarious comedic material.

Competing comic

In 2011, he scored his first stand-up success as a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. From there it became a string of winning performances that would lead to top spots at showcases across the country, including the Detroit LaughFest and HBO’s “Lucky 21” comedy competition.

It wasn’t long before the talent professionals took notice and he found himself appearing on many of televison’s best comedy shows, including Fox’s “Laughs,” Comedy Central’s “Up Next” and NBC’s top-rated “Last Comic Standing.”

In the true spirit of one good thing leading to another, Finney was invited to join renowned comedian and actor, T.J. Miller, on his Meticulously Ridiculous Road Tour in 2015, garnering even greater exposure for his engaging and lightly poetic, stream-of-conscousness style.

He has since become a mainstay at Denver’s Comedy Works where he has been headlining, as well as opening for some of the nation’s top-tier talents. When not performing, he still pursues his passion for the psychedelic scene, replete with jam bands, dancing bears and flower-festooned Volkswagen.

Zac Maas Opens Saturday

Opening the night’s entertainment is Denver comedian Zac Maas. The South Dakota transplant has become a regular at the Comedy Works since his performance as a four-time finalist in their new faces competition, pitting some of the region’s finest comic talents against each other for cow-town bragging rights. His podcast, “Whiskey & Cigarettes” has won Denver Westword’s people’s choice award for the past three years in a row.

Now in it’s second decade, the Comedy Night series has collaborated with the famous Comedy Works club to bring the region’s top comedy headliners and opening acts to the area.

Tickets are on sale now for $19 in advance and $22 on the day of the show. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Back Bowl, or by phone at 970-328-2695.


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