Denver-based comedian Christie Buchele is headlining the second Vail Comedy Show at VBC on Saturday
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What: Comedy Showcase with Christie Buchele and more
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vail Brewing Co., EagleVail
Cost: Free to attend, but donations for the comedians are appreciated
More information: Visit vailcomedyshow.com
the Comedy Showcase at Vail Brewing Company in EagleVail is back for more. Last month marked the first time in a while a group of high-quality comedians has performed a showcase event at the brewery, and about 55 guests showed up for brews and belly laughs.
On Saturday, Denver-based Christie Buchele will headline a show hosted by Mark Masters and featuring Lila Bear, Eeland Stribling and T.J. Webb.
Buchele was featured in an episode of Viceland’s “Flophouse” in 2016, a docuseries that profiled up-and-coming comedians and their home life in run-down, cheap houses. She also had a TV spot on “Hidden America with Jonah Ray” that same year, where comedian Ray travels to cities around America, parodying a travel show, meeting locals and trying regional cuisine. The show premiered on Seeso, NBC’s streaming service, and also featured guests including Weird Al Yankovic, Randall Park (Kim Jong-un in “The Interview”) and David Koechner (Todd Packer in “The Office”).
She describes her comedic style as “a bit sweet, and a little bit surly,” and it’s influenced by her disability. Buchele has cerebral palsy. In her early years as a stand-up comedian, her set was heavily influenced by her disability because it colors almost every interaction in her life. But as she’s gained experience, she’s learned that she doesn’t need to rely on that angle to say something funny.
“The stage is a place where I take my frustrations with being disabled and I put them all out there in an honest way. It’s not easy being disabled. I don’t feel blessed, and I don’t think your God gave this to me for a greater purpose. The stage is the only place where it is an asset, and the older I get and the more worn out my body gets, the more I need comedy to keep me going,” she said in the interview with Forbes. “I imagine I’ll just get more bitchy as I get older. But I promise I’ll keep getting funnier too.”
She also wants to work for more inclusion in comedy for people with disabilities, as well as women, people of color, non-binary and queer people.
Catch Buchele and the other comedians on the lineup at Vail Brewing Co. in EagleVail at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit vailcomedyshow.com.