Kevin Fitzgerald returns to the Back Bowl in Eagle for Comedy Night
VAIL CO, Colorado
Comedian Kevin Fitzgerald is a firm believer that more is more, at least when it comes to careers. He’s held a handful of different titles his life. The Denver resident was a bouncer for bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who before he got his doctorate in veterinarian medicine. He does stand up comedy on the side. So what’s next?
“I know I’d never be a jockey (I’m a bit too tall for that), but who knows?” Fitzgerald said. “Our lives are not one-dimensional. I’d love to play a musical instrument. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’d rather sing than eat … but most people would rather hear me eat.”
Fitzgerald spent 10 seasons on the popular Animal Planet TV show Emergency Vets. His passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to animals.
As a comedian, he’s opened for comedians like Bob Hope, Dennis Miller, George Lopez, Lewis Black, Larry the Cable Guy and more. He has also opened for muscial acts such as Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, The Temptations and The Neville Brothers.
He performs at the Back Bowl in Eagle Saturday night, a venue he’s visited a handful of times the past few years.
Comedian Stephanie McHugh, a finalist on Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom contest on Nick at Nite, will open the show. McHugh has performed at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and was a semi finalist in Oxygen’s Hit TV Series Girls Behaving Badly Nationwide Talent Search. This is her third appearance at the Comedy Night Series.
Fitzgerald answered a few questions for the Vail Daily.
1. Vail Daily: What can people expect from your show in Eagle Saturday night?
Kevin Fitzgerald: A laugh worth the trip out! Really just a worthwhile evening – laughing is time well spent in my mind. I’d like to remind people that they need to laugh every day. This will be your best night in a while, I promise!
2. VD: What have you been up to since the last time you performed in Eagle?
KF: I’ve been in Antarctica on a research trip. I was made a member of the board of directors at the Smithsonian for endangered species. And I got to open for Norm MacDonald – that was fun!
3. VD: Tell me about the last joke you wrote and what inspired it?
KF: “I’m as nervous as a person getting on a cruise ship with an Italian captain!” I really just get inspired by the world around me – anything that pops up in the news is fair game too.
4. VD: What inspires your material?
KF: Your hair. Just kidding! Seriously though, I can’t take my eyes off this reporter’s head. Really though, the real world is what does it – my work, my life, popular culture – it all inspires me.
5. VD: You’re considered a pretty clean comic. Tell me why you decided to go that direction with your stand up?
KF: It’s harder to write a clean joke than a dirty one, and if you can do it and it’s funny then you’re opening a lot of doors to get your material out there. Clean jokes allow you to work more often! Think about cable TV – a comic doing a set on TV is performing cleaner than their usual act. It’s just easier to start clean, rather than clean it up later. You’re just limiting yourself by being dirty. You’re broadening the people you can perform for if you write clean material that more people can enjoy.
6. VD: Do you ever get heckled? If so, how do you handle it?
KF: Heckling is just a distraction, but you can’t let it throw you. You have to refocus, get back up on the horse, and soldier through. You need to deal with the heckler sometimes and get them on your side. I want everyone to enjoy themselves, and hecklers can ruin the experience for others.