If you’re looking for something different to do tonight, Aspen won’t disappoint.
Up first is a new, free, monthly stand-up comedy show at Silver City Saloon at 5:30 p.m. The Aspen Comedy show, as it’s being called, started last month and is the brainchild of Mark Masters, a Denver-based comedian who started the Vail Comedy Show last fall.
“The mountain crowds are so awesome,” said Masters, who hosts the shows and performs a short opening act in addition to running them. “They’re very generous with laughter.”
Masters said his goal in creating the Vail show was to extend the range of stand-up comedy in Colorado from Denver, and doing the Aspen and Vail shows back to back makes it easier for the artists to travel. He admits that he partially created the show to give him more of a chance to get stage time, as he’s only been doing comedy for about a year and a half and it can be harder to land gigs when you’re new. However, he said that the shows have grown and they’ve had over 200 people at Vail Brewing Company in the past.
Each show features a couple of comedians from the Denver scene. This month includes Nathan Lund and Kate Strobel.
Lund is a Las Vegas native who’s been performing for 15 years, 11 of them in Denver. He even has some TV credits, having been featured on an episode of “Flophouse” from Viceland. He’s been to Aspen a few times for gigs.
Strobel is more new to the scene, but the Colorado native has been making folks laugh professionally for three and a half years. She’s most excited about the shows this weekend because they’re the first time that she’s been part of a tour.
Masters, whose decision to bring the show to Aspen stems from the time he spent living in Snowmass, said they also have a couple of special guests who will not be announced until the performance, and he’s going to try to get one of them to Aspen.
“It’s a great stage and a great room set up for comedy,” Masters said of Silver City. “I know it can work.”
The next performance on Friday isn’t free, but it’s likely to make you laugh and amaze you all at once.
The Great Dubois is a two-person circus show made up of the New York-based couple Michael DuBois and Viktoria Grimmy. DuBois said they have enough skills between the two of them to put on a show that would normally take a cast of eight.
“Compared to new-age circus, our show is very engaging,” said DuBois. “We’re much more old-school vaudeville-style. The audience gets an idea of who we are.”
DuBois, who’s been a full-time performer for 15 years, and Grimmy, who comes from five generations of circus performers, met through the circus world. They started The Great DuBois in 2014 and have been traveling with the show all over the world since then.
They were even a part of “The Greatest Showman,” the Hugh Jackman-led musical about the life of PT Barnum. DuBois said the duo did many of the circus skills seen in the movie.
The Great DuBois perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets are $25 for adults and $17.50 for children and can be found at aspenshowtix.com or the Wheeler Box Office. Learn more about The Great DuBois at thegreatdubois.com.