Husband-wife comedy team will keep it clean in Eagle
EAGLE, Colorado – Comedian Jeff Harms doesn’t think that jokes have to be dirty to be funny. That means that his show Saturday at the Back Bowl in Eagle would be a perfect Comedy Night to bring the kids too. Harms will perform with his wife, fellow comedian Hannah Rockey, Saturday at 8 p.m. Harms has opened for some premier names in standup, including Paula Poundstone, Roseanne, Sam Kinison and Ellen DeGeneres. Rockey has also earned her chops on the big stage. She is a past winner of Denver’s iconic Miller Lite Comedy Festival and has appeared at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She is currently a regular at Denver’s Comedy Works. Harms took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily. Vail Daily: When did you know you wanted to become a comedian?Jeff Harms: I started doing comedy in 1979, with a sketch/improv group in Denver. I started doing stand up in 1980, (when I was 7). I started as an actor and on Monday and Tuesday nights when the theater was dark, I started going to these comedy new talent nights. I thought I would try it and they paid me $5. I thought well, I was never the class clown but I was the class clown’s side kick, I guess.VD: Who are some of your favorite comedians performing today? JH: Anyone who is honestly funny – from Johnny Carson to Paula Poundstone; George Carlin to Jackie Gleason, Larry the Cable Guy to Jack Benny and Bob Hope to George Lopez. I am a huge comedy fan, and am not competitive, so I can laugh at a lot of stuff.VD: Is your show pretty family friendly or a little naughty at times? JH: We love working together and we do a clean show. We have actually performed for some churches and middle schools.VD: What is it like doing comedy alongside your wife? Did comedy bring you two together?JH: Hannah and I met when I was teaching comedy about 15 years ago. I have been teaching comedy on and off since about 1985. She was one of my students. She is an accomplished comedian but also an excellent actor – she is currently in the graduate program at Ohio State in acting.
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