University of Colorado master’s student Daniel Murphy said he thinks everybody can benefit from some comic relief.
That’s why CU Intermission — a program run by students in the University Memorial Center — is offering a free evening of standup comedy in Club 156 tonight to help combat spring fever, said Murphy, special events and activities coordinator in the Student Programs Office.
What: UMC Intermission Standup Comedy Showcase
When: 7 tonight
Where: Club 156 in the University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder
“We’ve got a pretty big, eclectic mix,” Murphy said. “Each comedian is very unique in what they discuss. They are all perfect picks for a college crowd.”
Headlining the bill is up-and-coming New York comedian Brendan Fitzgibbons, who has credits in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Dude, Where’s My Country?” Fitzgibbons also has been a contributing writer to publications such as The Onion and Rolling Stone magazine.
“He’s a different type of comedian,” Murphy said. “He comes off really friendly — he’s not super outrageous. Students will like him. He jokes about a lot of twentysomething type issues.”
Fitzgibbons said he’ll talk some politics, personal observations and, of course, weed — which he said Boulder will love.
“I love performing in front of young people,” said Fitzgibbons, 26. “I feel like I’m still young, so the college crowd gets a lot of my references. They’re the best audience.”
Fitzgibbons said he wants to continue to do standup fulltime, but has hopes that one day he will either be on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” or write for television.
“There’s a lot of opportunity in New York,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s a very diverse scene. I’m a pretty relatable comedian. I like to make people laugh.”
Opening for Fitzgibbons is Denver native Jordan Zuckerman, a regular at Comedy Works who has worked with comedians such as “30 Rock’s” Judah Friedlander and Denver veterans Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Chuck Roy and Troy Baxley.
“My comedy style is pretty outlandish,” said Zuckerman, whose act includes “crazy voices.”
“I do a combination of traditional standup, some impressions and musical comedy. I use a guitar, I do beat boxing and have some humorous a cappella in my act.”
Zuckerman said his pop-culture topics are definitely geared toward a college audience.
“My style is pretty edgy so it’s not for the faint of heart,” said Zuckerman, who performed standup comedy in the past at Boulder’s now defunct Café Babu and RedFish New Orleans Brewhouse. “I’m really excited, I love Boulder, every show I’ve ever done there people just die laughing.”
Rounding out the bill are Colorado comedians Dick Black and Matt Baca.