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A good laugh for education’s sake

Kimberly Nicoletti

SILVERTHORNE – Darryl Collier has a B.S. in business accounting, and lately he’s used it to point out the B.S. in the corporate world.

Nothing escapes comedian Collier’s observational, witty style. His clean and clever material covers topics from being a black skier to criminals on death row who are upset about losing an extra hour of life because of daylight savings time.

“I’m 50 years old, so I have a good, 20,000-foot view of the world,” Collier said. “As I get older, my view of comedy changes. I do a lot of looks back in the past, comparing the old and the new, making stark contrasts between things.”

Collier began stand-up in 1987 when a friend heard him speak at a business meeting and talked him into trying his luck at open mic night at the Comedy Works.

“I started out with deadpan comedy – not a lot of movement or theatrics,” he said. “Then I tried being cool, jumping across the stage, saying “Hey, how ya doing?’ That was my transition period. Now, I’m more laid-back. I let the words do the work. It’s a more powerful performance. It’s not like I’m up there thinking. I’m just flowing. It’s like all of us are in a living room just having fun.”

Collier’s laid-back delivery of everyday brushes with life have led to appearances on HBO and Comedy Central. He has performed with such comedians as Rodney Dangerfield, Tim Allen, Brett Butler, Sinbad and Ellen DeGeneres and is quickly becoming one of the country’s hottest corporate comedians, drawing upon his 20 years of business experience.

“It’s down to the bone real,” Collier said. “It’s not esoteric. I’m not trying to use 50,000 words to try to engross my audience. (I talk about) things people relate to.”

Collier’s show benefits the Summit County Preschool. Tickets are $40 and include dinner, the show and a silent auction.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco.

Childcare, available at the preschool, is $15 for one child and $5 for a second child.

To purchase tickets, call (970) 668-5508.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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