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Denver comedian returns to Back Bowl in Eagle for show

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Heckling is just a hazard of the job for a comedian. And most of the time funny man Bryan Kellen plays along with whatever is said, using it as a way to get away from his material and personalize the show. But that’s not always the case.

“If the heckles are mean spirited, I’ll go at him pretty hard to make sure it doesn’t take over the show,” Kellen said. “And there are those times that I just ignore them, some hecklers are like dogs, if they don’t get the attention they’re looking for they’ll just lie down in the corner and shut up.”

Kellen, who is a regular at the Comedy Works in Denver and has been anointed “one of the funniest up and coming comics in America” by the National Comedy Hall of Fame, returns to the Back Bowl in Eagle tonight.

The last time he performed at the Back Bowl, the laughs didn’t stop even after he’d left the stage.

“I was walking to my car after the show and someone was nice enough to tell me that they really liked what I did on stage,” he said. “As I was thanking them I turned and slipped on some ice and fell flat on my face. As they were laughing I’m sure they realized that what I do on stage isn’t an act at all; ‘He’s just a spaz.'”

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Kellen’s rubber bodied, physical style, combined with his fast-paced mix of storytelling and observational humor, results in a show that will likely leave you with a sore face – from smiling. He was supposed to perform at the bowling alley last month but had to cancel because he had another gig – opening for George Lopez, who happens to be his favorite comedian.

“His material comes from such a clear voice,” Kellen said. “He’s so in tune with who he is on stage that he can take any topic and churn it into material that’s perfect for his act. What makes him so good is that, for one, he never mails it in. I’ve seen his show hundreds of times and not one time has he given anything but 100 percent.”

Opening for Kellen will be local comedian Mark Lee. As a featured performer at Denver’s Comedy Works, Lee has opened for some of the top comedic names in the country as they pass through on national tour.

Now entering its fifth season, Comedy Night at the Bowlmor works in conjunction with Denver’s iconic Comedy Works to bring the best in regional and national talent to the local stage.

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