Laugh out loud |

Laugh out loud

Laura A. Ball
Special to the Daily Comedian Bryan Kellen kicks off Samana's Sunday night comedy series at 9 p.m. Kellen says his act is so high energy that it's practically a work out.

Every Sunday night at Samana, you can laugh out loud in style.This weekend Chris Atencio and Bryan Kellen kick off the comedy series.Kellen’s home club is Comedy Works in Denver, but he tours the country from L.A. to New York to Vegas to Florida.”My act is based on uncomfortable situations that I’ve been in: feeling uncomfortable at a nightclub, not knowing what drinks to order, not wearing the right clothes,” Kellen said. “You don’t get to share these feelings with somebody at the bank. It’s good to laugh about something that you don’t feel good about. It’s good to vent.”Kellen’s inspiration stems from his own every day life, as well as that of his favorite television icon.

“I was a huge Dick Van Dyke fan,” he said. “I just watched endlessly ever since I was six.”Whatever he draws from, it’s funny – the national comedy hall of fame 2003 named Kellen America’s Best Up and Coming Comedian.”He’s a real physical performer. It’s a real high energy act,” said Mike Raftery of Comedy Works in Denver. “He’s one of the top national performers that lives in Denver.”Kellen says his act it so high energy, in fact, that it’s practically a workout.”When I talk about a computer dating service, just the way I look, my perfect match would be a pterodactyl, and I would show them exactly what the pterodactyl would look like and what she would say to me,” Kellen said.

His nonabrasive style allows him to engage with the audience on friendly terms.”I’m a big fan of an intimate setting. The style of the act is very interactive. I talk with the crowd a bit, and if there’s a small crowd, everyone gets to know about everyone else,” he said. “If I makes a joke it’s not about the audience, it’s something that we agree on. I’m not out to screw anyone’s night up, I’m not ripping anyone.”Chris Atencio opens up for Kellen on Sunday.”He’s a young, up-and-coming comic, very clever and likable,” Raftery said. “He talks a lot about his family, he’s a young father, and life on the road as a comic. It’s mostly general observational humor.”The smoothtalker is very audience-friendly.

“Chris is actually a storyteller, that’s his style of comedy,” said Kellen. “Where he seems harmless enough, it always has a twist at the end. He also draws on his Hispanic heritage.”The following week, Dec. 26, Steve Gastineau and Hippieman coheadline the series.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 476-3433. Only 100 tickets are being sold.

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