Renowned comedian gets physical |

Renowned comedian gets physical


KEYSTONE – Being the youngest child of four, Bryan Kellen discovered early a good joke can be the difference between acceptance and a wedgie. Still, he didn’t perfect his comedy show until he paid his dues getting booed off stage for six months straight.Kellen started stand-up comedy several years ago in coffeehouses in San Francisco.

“I was always a goofy guy, and I finally jumped on stage,” Kellen said. “For the first six months, if I made it for five minutes without getting booed, it was a good night. But my day job – I had a business in welding – was even worse. I worked a million hours, so getting booed off stage was a welcomed break.”Kellen got his real break when a club, desperate for a comedy host, hired him sight unseen for a five-minute routine. He lasted three minutes and 50 seconds, but the club told him to come back, eventually hiring him.”My material worked best in the clubs,” he said. “It’s kind of like a cartoon of relatable subjects. It’s everyday things people have kind of negative attitudes about anyway, presented in a super-animated way. The people in coffeehouses were looking for really smart punch lines, and I was doing cartwheels on stage. They didn’t relate to it.”

Kellen finds adversity in the most pleasant real-life situations and takes them over the top by combining his viewpoint with physical comedy.”I’m actually lacking just enough intelligence to get myself in trouble, so I just tell the stories,” he said. “It’s a mix between storytelling and physical comedy. It’s very visual with a lot of energy and very animated characters.”

Based out of San Francisco, Kellen tours nationally and has appeared on MTV, WB and CNN. He won the Rocky Mountain Laff-Off and made the Entertainment Business Journal’s list of top 100 comedians in America in 2001.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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