Summit Pre-school gives parents a night out
FRISCO -The media coerced men into using perfume by giving it such macho names as Brute, Leather and Chaps, but if you see a brute in leather chaps, you’re in a gay bar.That’s one gem from the world according to comedian Edith Weiss. Weiss walked into comedy because she wanted to be on stage but couldn’t dance or sing. Since 1988, Weiss has traveled the Midwest and Florida with professional improvisational groups, has toured U.S. military bases in Korea, Japan and Okinawa and has appeared in numerous television shows including “Star Search” and “Showtime.”Weiss uses material from her life, drawing on experiences with her kids and her previous marriage to comedian Jeff Harms. She’s in the thick of raising teen-agers, and so far hasn’t found much humor in the situation, so she’s focusing her stories on their preschool years-at least until the pubescent pain has passed.”We all go through the same experiences as parents,” Weiss said. “I’ll start saying something, and people laugh before I’m halfway into it. It just goes to prove we’re all alike as people – not just parents.”Weiss’ stand-up gig, based solely on her life experiences, has evolved throughout the years from trial and error.”There’s a built-in factor of paying your dues,” Weiss said about comedy. “You may fail at first, but you just keep doing it and build your act. It takes a long time to get a few minutes. I love it because you write it, then present it. If they like you, it’s all you. If they hate you, it’s all you. It’s the worst form of rejection possible because it’s all you.”However, Weiss hasn’t been receiving much rejection lately. In addition to packing the Comedy Works in Denver, she has been writing for an online soap opera (www.citiesedge.tv) and writing and directing children’s theater at the Arvada Center. Her most recent play was “The Three Prince Charmings.””She’s an incredible writer,” said Michael Shalhoub, who attends her improv workshops in Denver. “When I saw “The Three Prince Charmings,’ I thought, “This is way too hip for kids.'”She’s one of the most spontaneous people I’ve ever met. She’s so quick witted from years of doing improv. I think the premise she runs on is, life is an improvisation -you never know – it is what it is. She has this magic when she gets in front of a crowd. Her humor reaches across the charts- some of it is intellectual, some is twisted, some is raw, some is self-deprecating. The thing that shows through in all of her stuff is she’s one of the most honest people I’ve ever met. She’s someone who knows absolutely who she is, and she’s a person who takes a lot of joy in life.”Before Weiss serves up hearty laughs, the Backcountry Brewpub & Pizzeria loosens people up during happy hour and fills their bellies with appetizers, salmon, prime rib and a dessert bar. A silent auction offers ski passes and certificates from local businesses.Summit County Pre-school entertains children for $10 per child ($5 for additional siblings) during the evening, and proceeds from the comedy show benefit the preschool.Happy hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by comedy at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the Backcountry Brewpub & Pizzeria. Tickets are $35, including the full buffet dinner, comedy and the silent auction, and may be purchased by calling the preschool at (970) 668-5508.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.—Comedy Night with Edith Weiss? When: 6 p.m. happy hour and dinner, laughs at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23? Where: Backcountry Brewpub& Pizzeria, Frisco? Why: to benefit SummitCounty Pre-school
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