This week, Vanessa, Josh, and Ron welcome local funny folk Chris Charpentier and Mara Wiles, who graciously agree to some heavy conversation about the tragedy in Aurora before we get their insider takes on comedy in Denver and the upcoming Laugh Track Comedy Festival.
First, a review of dubious media coverage and gun-control politics leads us to question if and when comedy is ever appropriate in the face of tragedy (NOTE: we recorded this episode before Dane Cook’s jokes were heard ’round the internets).
We all agree that the outpouring of support for shooting victim and aspiring local comedian Caleb Medley, whose young family is facing daunting hospital and medical expenses, is a fine example of Denver’s supportive character. (Donate to the family here.)
In the second half of the show, Mara and Chris give us a glimpse into the Laugh Track Comedy Festival (see their winning performances from last year below) and share a few insights into Denver comedy. Finally, the two respond to our concerns about the rise of local comedian Adam Cayton-Holland’s profile nationally (see Just For Laughs and Esquire).