Forget the romance – go for the laughs |

Forget the romance – go for the laughs

SILVERTHORNE – If the idea of starring deeply into your loved one’s eyes and showering him or her with chocolate, roses or a hot oil massage is a joke, the Silverthorne Pavilion’s comedy night offers an out.

David Testroet and Leslie co-headline in a night of hysterical perspectives on love and other nuances of life.

Leslie, who uses only her first name because her “last name is constantly changing” after two marriages and divorces, shares her quirky perspective on relationships.

“I talk about being a wife briefly here and there,” Leslie said. “It’s nothing heavy, but it’s fun. I’m really careful not to make fun of other people unless they’re like men I’ve dated or divorced. Women can easily relate, and men that have been with women can easily understand it too.”

Leslie credits her natural ability to provoke laughter to her overactive imagination, a biting wit, and, possibly to having been raised in the back of a green Ford station wagon with six siblings.

“We constantly moved,” she said. “Dad wasn’t military, he was just a gypsy. My childhood memories consist mostly of riding in the back of a station wagon. I’m one of seven children, and my perspective has a little twist to it.”

Her sarcastic, observational comedy captivates audiences with experiences ranging from childhood to childbirth.

Testroet, known as the Big Guy, approaches his comedy from the perspective of “a short, well-rounded individual with a different way of thinking.”

“I talk about anything from my experience trout fishing to being overweight and being active while overweight,” Testroet said. “I talk about bungee jumping and mountain biking even though I’m about 300 pounds. I’m more of a blue-collar comic. I relate to the working class.”

Testroet plans to throw in bonus material for Valentine’s Day, commenting on his relationship with his wife of nine years and politely harassing any willing audience member.

He named his debut CD after his style of comedy, “Rapid Fire.” His national tours have paired him with Jeff Foxworthy, Jimmy “J.J.” Walker, Blue Oyster Cult and the Romantics. He has appeared on Comedy Network, Showtime and Candid Camera and placed fourth at the last Seattle International Comedy Competition, a three-week competition drawing 600 comics. His upcoming comedy album is scheduled for release by summer.

Though he’s a great comic, he’s a musician at heart. His flair for the harmonica comes out during the last 15 minutes of the show, when he does a series of call backs with his song, “The Big Guy Blues.”

The laughs begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and snacks. Tickets are $12 until 5 p.m. tonight at the Silverthorne Recreation Center and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets by phone, call (970) 262-7370.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

Event: Comedy show: David Testroet and Leslie

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion

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