Girls just wanna have fun
SILVERTHORNE -Lori Callahan warns women to empty their bladders before Girls’ Night Out, because they won’t want to leave their seats once she and Nancy Norton start the audience hootin’ and hollerin’.The two comedians explore every aspect of the female perspective tonight, minus the male-bashing.”I don’t want to disappoint any women, but I don’t do any male-bashing,” Norton said. “I get feedback from men and women that they enjoy my show. It’s kind of my little celebration of neurosis. It’s about things in my life most people relate to.””Female comedy tends to get into that man-bashing rut,” Callahan said. “I focus on being married, travels, family stuff – experiences we go through. I spend about 10 minutes on my husband, which is all true.”Callahan opened the most recent Valentine’s Day comedy show at the Silverthorne pavilion, unleashing the idea for Girls’ Night Out, an evening geared toward women.”Callahan received such a tremendous response from the audience based on her stand-up act, it left us thinking a Girls’ Night Out might be just what the doctor ordered,” said Maggie Butler, Silverthorne pavilion coordinator. “Women from all over the county have bought tables with their friends, coworkers and families. We are looking forward to starting a tradition of comedy just for the ladies at the Silverthorne pavilion.””How many times can you get together with your girlfriends and see two terribly funny females on stage together?” Callahan said. “Women can bond more. When you go out with your husband, you tend to look at each other to see if it’s OK to laugh. Here, it’s less reserved. You can let your hair down.”Norton lets her hair down with her detail-oriented, Virgo energy, which goes off on the little things in life, such as people who don’t hold doors open for strangers behind them.”I am a wannabe healer,” Norton said. “I want to be psychic, though I have no formal training. I actually have a character I do that’s kind of a spoof on the whole New Age thing, but at the same time, I believe in a lot of it. I take questions and do some belly-button readings.””I love Nancy’s comedy style,” Callahan said. “She never fails to really make me laugh. It’s real sporadic. It’s funny, scattered, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants comedy.”Part of Norton’s charm is the way she pulls in her audience, based on her background of improvisational theater.”I love to leave little holes of improv in my act,” Norton said. “I’m very audience-dependent. The energy makes a difference. I try to make it a safe place to participate. I’m not a mean comic.”Her playful comedy and witty impressions have led to appearances on A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv,” PBS’s one woman-show, “The Yellowish-Green Girl,” and in comedy theaters nationwide.Callahan has appeared on Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, Comedy Central and ESPN’s “Lighter Side of Sports.””Crowds love Lori,” Norton said. “She’s a real gal. She feels like someone you’ve known all your life. There’s something about her that’s incredibly huggable, yet she’s kind of the funny, loud girl at the bar.”Though Callahan’s mother forbids her to use the f-word, Callahan cautions audiences about the adult-oriented material.”It’s not for the faint of heart,” she said. “It’s going to get a little sassy.”The sassy soul sisters begin their show at 7:30 p.m. today, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 until 5 p.m. tonight and may be purchased by calling (970) 262-7370. At 6:30 p.m., tickets go back on sale at the pavilion for $15.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.—Event: Girls’ Night OutWhen: 7:30 p.m. todayWhere: Silverthorne pavilion, Silverthorne
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