VAIL – Most comedians have sick minds, David Testroet says, because it takes a sick mind to find the humor in some of life’s most horrible experiences.”I’m a little twisted,” Testroet admits. He will perform tonight at 9 for Samana’s comedy series. “I have twists and turns in my material that take you from Darwin to grizzly bear.”Testroet has developed a “rapid fire” comedy routine from some of his everyday experiences, like marriage, road rage, the popular giant SUVs people drive and weight jokes. (Testroet openly describes himself as fat.)”I have a very fast delivery. Most think it’s genius, but really it’s insecurity. I don’t like silences,” he quips.
His comedy career began after some friends in the Mid West entered him into a comedy contest. Competing against a professional from Chicago and a working comic from Cleveland, amateur Testroet won second place. In all his humorous glory, he was hooked on the trade and club owners were hooked on Testroet.”Stand-up is like an illness. It’s really a drug. I like the applause. There’s no feeling like when a show goes over well and you leave on a high note,” he says.Testroet’s been a comic for over 13 years, playing all over the world from Walla Walla to Tokyo. He has two comedic CDs, as well. His latest, “All Over Hell,” is recorded in four of his favorite comedy clubs across the country and picks out some of his shows’ best improvisational moments.Testroet says if the crowd will let him, he could ad-lib the whole time. Some of his best jokes happen on stage. Funny just pops in his head, he says, but he can’t always rely on improv.
“When I get off stage people will say, ‘You ought to write that down.’ And I say, ‘what?’ I forget what I actually said. Improv is there for the moment. When I write it down and try it again, it usually flops really bad,” Testroet says.His improv is inspired by questions he directs to the audience. He appreciates crowd participation, but please, no hecklers.Testroet is also a harmonica virtuoso of 30 years and often incorporates the mouth harp into the closing of each act. He’ll do a song about moments in life that might cause us all to sing the blues, but he promises his tune will entice you to laugh.Samana’s comedy night starts at 9 p.m. today. The club is located in Vail Village below the Ore House on Bridge Street. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Samana at 476-3433.
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