Phil Palisoul dreamed of becoming a comedian since he was 12, but it took the end of his first marriage before he finally pursued that dream. It wasn't that he hit rock bottom - that he had nothing left to lose - but, rather, his newfound lack of responsibility."When I was married, I always felt like I needed to make a living and be responsible," Palisoul said. "I always felt like it was an out-of-reach dream."Palisoul, who lives in Denver, started by going to Comedy Works' open mic nights. He likens the experience to fishing. "I got my first laugh onstage and I was absolutely hooked." He wasn't sure where comedy would lead him, but Palisoul knew then he had to find out.For the past two decades, Palisoul - who has since remarried - has made a career out of comedy. He loves the pressure of performing well night after night, the direct connection with his audience and the camaraderie."Every joke has a victim," he said. "I prefer to victimize myself in a joke. Then, if you recognize yourself in my joke, you don't feel victimized, you feel a camaraderie."Palisoul, who has been featured on "The Tonight Show," and his friend and fellow comedian, Bryan Kellen, who has performed on "Lopez Tonight," will perform at Silverthorne's annual Valentine's comedy show on Thursday. Though their routines aren't necessarily specific to Valentine's Day, you can expect a lot of laughs over love and relationships."Valentine's Day is kind of like New Year's Eve," Palisoul said. "All the excitement of the year is put into one day and no matter how you live that day out, it's not going to live up to what you think it (should be), because it can't."Which makes comedy the perfect date on Valentine's Day. Instead of a night of high expectations and bitter disappointments, "you show up, you sit down, you laugh your ass off and then you go home.""Laughing together is great for all relationships," said Kellen, who plans to talk about "being in love and all the crazy things we do to stay there."In contrast to Palisoul's self-deprecating style, Kellen is known as a physical comedian - using his body as much as his words to make people laugh. "I have always been a goofy guy," he said, "I move strangely while telling stories."Kellen's advice for Valentine's Day? "You need to start slow. Don't get her three dozen roses and diamond earrings the first year. If you do, by the third year, she'll expect a Beemer in the driveway. The first year, get her a $12 bracelet that turns her wrist green and work up from there."
Valentine's Day in Summit County: Love to laugh
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