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Special to the Daily Greg Baumhauer is one of the edgy comics performing Wednesday at Park Avenue Pub in Breckenridge.
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Hecklers, stay home this Wednesday night. These are not the kind of comedians you want to mess with.High Country Comedy presents its locals’ appreciation show featuring Greg Baumhauer and Adam Cayton, hosted by Chuck Roy Wednesday.All three comedians are seasoned, ruthless performers who cater to audiences who want to have a good time. But, here’s a warming: If heckling is your idea of a good time, Baumhauer has an arsenal of comebacks he’s honed on the seedy streets of Colfax in Denver.”I got transy hookers and crackheads yelling at me, so some snowboarder chick from Breckenridge, I think I can handle,” he said.Baumhauer started making a buck with his jokes when he lived on the streets for a couple of years. He’d hitchhike into a new town, then follow people down the street, cracking jokes until they finally gave him money. When he finally made it on stage, the crowd’s reaction hooked him. Within a couple years, he founded his own comedy collective called Wrist Deep Productions, which The Denver Post has said is “breathing energy into an art form that sorely needed it.””I got sick of waiting for clubs to figure out I was a (explicative) genius, so I started my own shows,” he said.Of course, now he’s a regular at Comedy Works, but he still does his underground shows for all kinds of audiences, from the homeless in warehouses to the high falutin’ in art galleries. He leans toward edgy topics, but he admits he feels like a scumbag when one of his dirty jokes flop.”He is sort of fearless,” Cayton said. “He’s also lived the most (past-tense-explicative)-up life imaginable – and he mines it.”Baumhauer admits he has a “colorful history.” Even now, his life is pretty interesting; he’s a heterosexual working as a drag queen waitress at Denver’s Bump & Grind.Cayton is part of Baumhauer’s Wrist Deep Productions, and he got his feet wet simply by watching bad comedy and knowing in his gut he could do better, he said.He stretches from one-liners to storytelling, all with a common theme: profanity.”I try to look at situations in the world that I find insane and try to explain them- loveless couples, reality TV, fat Americans,” Cayton said.Both comedians love performing in Breckenridge, because they see it as a big party, rather than a show. (And, Cayton gets off on competing with 50 snowboarders for one of the three women in the room.)”The locals’ appreciation shows are always one of our favorites because the pub always gets crazy when the place fills up with locals,” said JonScott McClung, High Country Comedy organizer. “Greg and Adam are true barroom comedy veterans, and they thrive in this wild environment.”


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