Youthful antics and smooth observation come together |

Youthful antics and smooth observation come together

SILVERTHORNE – Whether it’s eye-popping, neck craning, physical comedy like Jim Carrey’s, or smooth, unique perspectives on life that crack you up, the Silverthorne Pavilion’s latest comedy show has it covered.

Darryl Collier and Aaron Knode co-headline Friday, March 7, at the pavilion’s comedy show.

Collier’s laid-back delivery of everyday brushes with life have led to appearances on HBO and Comedy Central. He has performed with such comedians as Rodney Dangerfield, Tim Allen, Brett Butler, Sinbad and Ellen DeGeneres and is quickly becoming one of the country’s hottest corporate comedians, drawing upon his 20 years of business experience.

Nothing escapes his observational, witty comedic style. His clean and clever material covers topics from being a black skier to criminals on death row who are upset about losing an extra hour of life because of daylight savings time.

“I’m 50 years old, so I have a good, 20,000-foot view of the world,” Collier said. “As I get older, my view of comedy changes. I do a lot of looks back in the past, comparing the old and the new, making stark contrasts between things.”

Collier began stand-up in 1987 when a friend heard him speak at a business meeting and talked him into trying his luck at open mic night at the Comedy Works.

“I started out with deadpan comedy – not a lot of movement or theatrics,” he said. “Then I tried being cool, jumping across the stage, saying “Hey, how ya doing?’ That was my transition period. Now, I’m more laid-back. I let the words do the work. It’s a more powerful performance. It’s not like I’m up there thinking. I’m just flowing. It’s like all of us are in a livingroom just having fun.”

From the minute Collier told his first joke on stage, he knew he had a knack for comedy.

“It was like “wow.’ It just connected,” he said. “There’s something that keeps driving (me) to do it.”

Knode felt his first stage rush in a bar in Haxtun, where he grew up. Two hundred (out of 1,000) people from the small, northeast Colorado town showed up to support him. After he graduated from college, he moved to Denver and spent time at the Comedy Works’ open mic night, taking second place last year in its amateur competition.

His routine has changed from topics relating to a bachelor lifestyle to being married and holding a corporate job.

“I let my alter ego out on stage,” Knode said. “I work in a corporate job where we don’t even have jeans day. I’m more reserved there, but on stage, I let loose. I can dive and roll around and be somebody else. My main hook is that I’m just totally goofy. I have a Jim Carrey quality. I’m tall, I’m skinny, and I make goofy faces.”

Physical humor and smooth expression share a stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased at the Silverthorne Recreation Center or by calling (970) 262-7370.

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

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