BRECKENRIDGE -Plenty of aprs ski shows entertain people after a day on the mountain, and bars throughout the county bring in bands for late-night partying. But what if you’re not a resort-lounger or a night owl?Sherpa & Yeti’s has an answer. It kicks off the 13-week Coors Light Comedy Night series with comedian Bryan Kellen Saturday.The shows, which begin at 8 p.m. and end no later than 10 p.m., target people who want to go out at night but still wake up for that first chairlift ride.”A lot of people like to go to bed at 10 p.m., and that’s when we’re just beginning our night,” said Josh Frager, co-owner of Sherpa & Yeti’s.Normally, Sherpa’s opens at 9 p.m. nightly, and bands start after 10 p.m. But on Saturdays through April 10, the club will open at 7 p.m. to usher in the laughs.”The idea started as I was promoting the New Year’s Eve show (at Keystone, with Kevin Nealon),” Frager said. “I talked to all of the concierges, and they said they hear complaints all the time that there’s nothing to do at night.”So Frager partnered with Denver Comedy Works and Coors Light to book nationally known comedians.”Although Breckenridge has a vibrant music scene, show promoters saw a need for alternative forms of entertainment to add to the town’s nightlife,” said Mike Raftery, Comedy Works booking agent. “While numerous venues in Summit County have presented comedy nights, none have occurred with the type of regularity required to build a strong following.”The PG-13-type shows also offer families with teenagers an alternative.”There’s nothing really profane,” Frager said about the comedy shows. “The worst thing they say may be “shit.’ Kids don’t have to be 13 to come – it’s an all-ages show – that’s just a guideline.”Michael’s Italian Restaurant partners with Sherpa’s to serve patrons dinner before the show. For $50, two people get two entrees, a half-carafe of wine and two comedy tickets. Frager is working on partnering with two other Breckenridge restaurants -one of which is higher scale. Without a dinner package, tickets are $12.Kellen’s fast-paced, physical style of comedy slams into Sherpa’s Saturday.He focuses on the bad situations he’s gotten into -and he has plenty of them – like running in a race with shorts that ended up being three times his size. His child-like antics play out like a human cartoon.But his success is very real. In 2003, he won the Laugh Across America contest, then performed at the invitation-only Las Vegas Comedy Festival. His performance at the festival garnered him the award for Best Up-and-Coming Comedian in America.Denver comedian Tommy Y opens for Kellen.The series continues on Saturday, Jan. 24, with one of the most established comedians in the area, Louis Johnson. In addition to being named Showtime’s Funniest Person in America, Johnson has appeared on national comedy shows such as “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Short Attention Span Theatre” and Comedy Central’s “Stand Up, Stand Up.”David Testroet headlines the Jan. 31 show.Testroet has appeared on Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, Fox and CBS and was a finalist in the 2003 Seattle Comedy Competition.For more information or to make reservations, call (866) 266-9757.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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