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Bringing out the laughs in Eagle

Lauren Glendenning
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE – Who in the world doesn’t enjoy a good laugh?

Laughing is good medicine, said Doug Cahill, manager of the Back Bowl in Eagle and organizer of the bowling alley’s popular Comedy Night at the Bowlmor.

Comedy Night at the Back Bowl isn’t new, but it is relatively new on Saturday nights and the comedy acts just keep getting better, Cahill said.

“We have big-city comics come through the little town of Eagle,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come out and laugh.”

Comedy Night began about two years ago and was a big hit early on, but as business started slowing down Cahill decided to change things up a bit. He switched the night to Saturdays, which are traditionally busier, and people started showing up and loving it.

“It’s just great talent,” Cahill said. “Some of the comedians are regulars from Comedy Works (in Denver) and some are traveling across the country and stop in Eagle on their way to or from Comedy Works.”

Comedians include people like Lori Callahan, who opened the Comedy Night series at the Back Bowl more than two years ago. She’s appeared in comedy specials on Showtime, Comedy Central and has won an Emmy Award. She’s appeared on stage as an opener for famous comedians like Jeff Foxworthy, Paula Poundstone and Carrot Top.

BT, another up and coming comedy star, graced the stages at the Back Bowl in January. He’s performed at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Starving Artists Comedy Competition, walking away with the title of top comic there. He’s also headlined at some of the top comedy clubs around the country.

In December, Comedy Night welcomed Troy Baxley, a comedian dubbed as “one of the funniest comedians in the country” by Enetertainment Business magazine. His three appearances at the Back Bowl have been some of the most popular and successful in the history of the Comedy Night series. Baxley was also the winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

“We get some really great talent up here,” Cahill said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Cahill said some comedians pack in the crowds, with many of them creating standing room only in the lounge that comfortably seats about 80.

“We’ve had about 120 people packed in there,” Cahill said.

Part of Comedy Night’s success has to do with its location, Cahill thinks. While there’s more going on upvalley in terms of nightlife options, Eagle doesn’t have much, so people are open to something new and exciting to do. Cahill said that people often drive down from Vail to check out the shows, proving it ranks up there with the nightlife options upvalley, he said.

The talent doesn’t hurt, either. With acts that have received national acclaim showing up in little ol’ Eagle, Colo., locals have a rare opportunity to see major comedy acts right in the backyard.

Cahill said there’s a lot of regulars that come to the monthly shows, like La Tour owners Paul and Lourdes Ferzacca.

“It’s something different and people just love it,” Cahill said.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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