Liz Miele headlines Warren Station Center for the Arts’ summer comedy series finale
Warren Station Center for the Arts is hosting its summer comedy series finale Friday, Sept. 16. Headlining is New York’s Liz Miele, while Hannah Jones from Denver is the opener.
The monthly series, presented in partnership with Denver’s Comedy Works, kicked off in June with Al Goodwin and featured staples like John Novosad as well as Brent Gill, who was supposed to perform at the venue in January before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Maja Russer, director of events and marketing for Keystone Neighbourhood Co., said the summer series has been a success.
”Comedy in general in Warren Station has become pretty established,” Russer said. “People know to look for it.”
The Friday performance is the first of the summer to feature an all-woman lineup. Jones, who was homeschooled in a religious co-op, is a regular at Denver Comedy Works who jokes about sex, religion and politics.
Miele has been seen on Comedy Central and Hulu, as well as NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” She started performing stand-up when she was 16 years old and has been profiled at outlets like The New Yorker, The New York Times and Runner’s World.
Miele has always enjoyed creative writing, but she said dyslexia is what drew her to comedy. She could still be witty, yet as an audible medium no one would have to see her jokes written down. She was inspired knowing that comedians such as Margaret Cho, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock also started when they were young. Miele also wrote to her heroes and received advice from Judd Apatow and George Carlin.
When not telling jokes, Miele enjoys running, using the passive time to get the creative juices flowing and fix jokes.
“It’s mostly just the way I don’t murder people,” Miele said. “I have a lot going on in my brain, and I live in New York City where there are too many people.”
A daughter of veterinarians, the jokes span topics like cats, ghosts, dating and moving into a new apartment. Miele published her first book, “Why Cats Are Assholes,” in 2021. She regularly tours internationally and has three albums out on Spotify and iTunes. Miele also has free specials available to watch on YouTube, and the latest, “The Ghost of Academic Future,” released Sept. 6.
“I talk very specifically about myself, but it hits the broader sense of everybody dealing with life and how annoying it is,” Miele said about her style. Some of the special’s jokes will be heard in Keystone, but Miele said it the majority will be new material.
The venue’s winter series begins Dec. 16, and shows continue Jan. 20 and March 24. By condensing eliminating performances in November and April to condense the series, Russer plans to bring in more nationally known comedians. She said the change came in part because of other establishments like breweries offering comedy.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we’re pivoting just a little bit and seeing if we can ride our success and do little bit bigger shows,” Russer said.
More details will be announced Oct. 15.
Doors for the Friday performance open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 at Warren Station, 164 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone. Tickets start at $25 in advance for general admission or $30 for a reserved table seat. Tickets can be purchased at WarrenStation.com. All attendees must be 18 or older.
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