Cast members of the production of "We're Not Clowns Saves Christmas ... From Global Warming" rehearse at the Steamboat Mountain Theater in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday evening.

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Cast members of the production of "We're Not Clowns Saves Christmas ... From Global Warming" rehearse at the Steamboat Mountain Theater in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday evening.

We're Not Clowns Christmas show opens tonight

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A Christmas tree and various presents adorn the stage as cast members of the production of "We're Not Clowns Saves Christmas ... From Global Warming" rehearse at the Steamboat Mountain Theater in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday evening.

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"We're Not Clowns Saves Christmas : From Global Warming"

  • Friday, December 21, 2007, 7 p.m.
  • Steamboat Mountain Theater, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $5 - $10

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— Developing an idea for this year's We're Not Clowns Christmas show went something like this:

"They came up with the loose idea that they wanted to talk about them saving the planet from global warming, and that Al Gore was going to be involved," said Todd Danielson, who wrote the show and will play the former vice president.

"It's not going to be one of the best Al Gore impressions that people have ever seen," he said.

The basic plot? Santa approaches We're Not Clowns, a local juggling and acting troupe, to lend a hand with keeping the North Pole from melting, which would be a huge detriment to his toy racket. The evil Global Warming Miser (whose first initials are G.W., a topical reference Danielson said isn't a coincidence) is threatening to ruin the holidays by driving Santa's elves out of a home.

"Through our general tomfoolery, we save the world," said Kelly Anzalone, who owns the Steamboat Mountain Theater and founded We're Not Clowns.

"We also save all the elves - because elves can't live in a warm environment. I didn't know if you knew that," he said.

Running at about an hour and full of flashy stage tricks and slapstick jokes, the show is family-friendly, Anzalone said. Danielson's sense of humor is a little more adult, and both he and Anzalone said they used "The Simpsons" as an inspiration for crafting topical jokes for mature audiences.

"The idea was to be an all ages kind of show, so the kids could watch it and look at the pretty juggling, but the parents taking them could think it's a really funny show," Danielson said.

Because We're Not Clowns is into laughter, and not preachiness, Danielson said he tried to take a jab at every side of the global warming issue.

"I'm personally on one side of the issue, but we wanted to kind of make fun of everything," he said.

Throw in a company commitment to excellent entertainment - "We're Not Clowns doesn't tolerate failure," Anzalone said - and you've got a show that's "fabulously funny, excitement for the whole family," he said.

Of course, no production relying on jokes about Al Gore's now famous PowerPoint presentations would be complete without what Anzalone called "sweet video effects."

"George Lucas is probably going to be calling me up to ask me how I did it, but it's a trade secret," he said.

Comments

weallnutz 6 years, 9 months ago

Why do all artistic people think they need to make polictical statements with their routines...or that their opinions on such subjects matter, Shut up and Juggle!

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weallnutz 6 years, 9 months ago

That was my original point, I love the stuff these guys do, but I wont go to this one because I don't care to be entertained by Political statements. I was disappointed that this production would not be what I consider "Family Fun" because they're usually awesome! Sorry I'll miss this one, stick to entertainment and I'll be at the next one.

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corduroy 6 years, 9 months ago

way to turn family fun into a silly debate they will be covering all side of the global warming debate, if you read the article you'd know that :)

Play with your balls! :)

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annonymous 6 years, 9 months ago

sbvor - Lighten up!! Must everything be a dissertation on life. Don't you ever tire of being such a wind bag?

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annonymous 6 years, 9 months ago

sbvor- you are so busy trying to be "correct" all the time that you even have to correct my handle's spelling. It's a handle! It's not supposed to be spelled correctly.

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jeep 6 years, 9 months ago

sbvor --you have way to much time to waste on the INTERNET.

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grannyrett 6 years, 9 months ago

I listened to a Trace Atkins interview the other day and he said something that really struck home with me. People go to concerts and shows to be entertained, not to listen to someone else's political views. Agree or disagree with global warming, we all need to agree that we want to leave this world a better place for our children and grandchildren.

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summerbird 6 years, 9 months ago

Research and documentation is not a waste of time. Thank you sbvor! Short attention spans, lowered expectations in education and a need to be constantly entertained are all signs of a society that can't think for itself.

What a waste of time with the "energy credits" and all the other B S busy work. Research into crops that can grow in dry, hot climates and lowering the growth of world population would be more beneficial.

Don't worry all you property owners in Steamboat, you will have some valuable ocean view property.

One last thought: Would you rather be going into a cycle of global warming or global cooling?

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

That's funny: I thought vinyl stopped being produced over a decade ago, commercially, yet someone has a broken record playing to this day.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

How do you even know about Global Warming? You're never outside to experience it.

Ohhhhh, that's right: you do the same thing as the "media (and so-called "artists"): you pick a link and repeat it ad nauseum until others think like you.

Personally, I only see you fighting with reality and it looks like you got sucker-punched.

BTW- how's that Socialist Security Check helpin' for the season? You are returning those to sender, right? God help you if you actually cashed one, eh? Oh...that's right: you went from Agnostic to "I have never put out my personal religious beliefs..." propaganda. SBvor hasn't: the other side of the face, Pilotwatch, did.

What party are you with this year, too? Did you "Kerry" that over Green Party this year?

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spukomy 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm with weallnutz. I've always enjoyed their shows but must take a pass on this one. Stick to non-political entertainment and I'll be back.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

sb- When you answer MY challenge from way back when, showing you my proof of all the military crap you decided to ask of me & show me links as to "how it's SUPPOSED to be", then I call your bluff.

Until then, your are just a broken record who has never experienced anything more than your 4 walls and can only point to links to guide you thru life. It's sad, but that's your call.

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JLM 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey it's no big thang!

We got snow and we got good times and now we got dopey people making fun of dopey stuff. Cause their little tiny brains can't come up with anything that is, well, truly funny?

Let the good times roll and don't worry cause Alberto Gore is probably inventing something just now to take the wind out of global worming altogether. Ooops, or was that global warming? Oh, well, who really cares?

And hey they're all just clowns anyway, right?

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STEMBOATwannabe 6 years, 9 months ago

O my gosh! you should all pick a day and have an open mike at some restaurant or bar to do all you debating... That would be entertaining.....

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, wannabe, but would you pay money to see anyone from here debate? Plus, that would mean compromising an identity. That would scare off too many people. Certainly can't show faces when talking smack to your neighbor. Best to do it behind their back.

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STEMBOATwannabe 6 years, 9 months ago

I hope you all can pick a date and do a debate. Some of us would find it entertaining.

I'm not PC..... so.......

Merry Christmas to all !

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mikexuxa 6 years, 9 months ago

wow.....i can't believe what i just read through. it is very obvious that none of you people even saw that show which had nothing to do with a political statement or the science of global warming.....are you kidding me...kelly anzalone has more integrity, kindness, creativity and guts than anyone one of you obviously realize or care to understand. I think it is shameful that anonymous writers post these dissertations on blogs and attack a wonderful community theater that worked hard to put on a fun show for the whole family at Christmas. Just think if you were kelly, how would you feel reading these blogs.....so go ahead and post your tough, witty response on a subject with which you are nothing but a diletante......that subject being the Fantastic We're not Clowns Christmas Show. HAHAHAHA!!!!!

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innovated 6 years, 9 months ago

mike: amen and bravo to the cast. Kelly is amazing and I am honored knowing him. sbvor: Please stop the record and the continual threads! I'mgonnavomit.com

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

Yeah- pretty funny, actually. The only real politics involved for the show was this thread. Kelly, Andy & Gina are amazing performers and I'm always psyched when I get the chance to be in any show with them!

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

SBvor: Did you go see the show in order to say anything about what was in or not in it? he says, knowing the "shut-in" status

So if not seeing the show is "your thing," what gives you any credence in the matter? You see, some of us...you know the deal: we actually go outside to EXPERIENCE life instead of just reading about it online. It's a world...and I do mean WORLD...of difference.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

It's a show. It's fiction. The only thing that politicized it in your mind is...well...your mind...whatever is left of it, since it seems to be on permanent vacation.

So take your own challenge (which you never do): did you even see the performance to spout off about it? Can you attest to it being propaganda?

You didn't see it, did you? You are doing the exact same thing as always: reading what you think is correct without experience and jumping on the bandwagon. Good job: you've just become your definition of a "dim." Welcome to Socialism, Mr. Kerryvor.

So step up to your own plate, and point out the problems with that particular show that you consider propaganda: point by point! Dare ya! What act was it? What specific lines? C'mon, Oh, voring one: show us how smart you really are when we all know you didn't see the show.

why do you make this sooooo easy??!!?? LOL!

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

So, that means you admit you didn't see the show. Thank you for proving me correct. You ARE what you rail against.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

So, what does peer reviewed science say pertaining to jumping on a bandwagon thread, disparaging a show that you didn't even see? Not very scientific of you. Hell, that's downright Liberal of you, despite the fact that people who saw the show have been saying it was great.

Like definition of the "junk-science" crowd you crow about, you paid no attention to the show in progress: you only blow tons of CO2 digitally against something you didn't experience for yourself. How "sbvor" of you.

See: you're trying to argue Global Warming in a thread that was about a fictional play that was about being entertained. You can't win this one...as usual. It's because you can't say anything about the show you didn't see. The real hoax is that some people actually take you seriously.

Thanks, though! You were the best laugh I've had all day! Next time, tell me how Underdog was socialist plot to allow canines to have an equal say in saving Polly Purebread, allowing the proletariat to rise! How full is your medicine cabinet anyway? LOL!!

In fact, give us all a taste of your take on Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and the Keebler Elves.

Hey!! Keebler Elves!!! See? You did make a point! Elves can live in warm climates!!!! You Rock!!

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

BTW- you spelled "sbvor" wrong.

that's for you, annonymous!

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g4 6 years, 9 months ago

I applaud the Clowns for EVERYTHING they do for the community. I believe these guys are entertainers, they are here to entertain us. Lets take advantage of "Global Warming" and go ski.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

sbhor: None of those links lead to actually watching what happened in the show.

Again: take the CHALLENGE:

What specific parts of the show (that you never saw) has anything to do with your broken record player?

Come on: you challenge people all the time. Maybe if you actually played adult and stepped up to a challenge yourself, others might do the same.

So if you didn't see it, it's just a show, like all the others. It says oodles about the way your 1/2 track mind thinks, though.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

Does propaganda usually TELL YOU right out loud before you see it? Noooooo...they usually try to hide it in multiple links to other people's articles to make themselves look like they actually figured this out themselves.

(In fact, just to prove you're a broken recording, you cut and paste 95% of this last post from the post 26DEC07...and from the one directly before it!!! Too much!!! See? You do just keep repeating over and over again, with nothing new. YOU proved that just on this thread alone. C'mon- make this harder!)

So, to prove you wrong, all the people who have said they enjoyed the show, even on this thread, are ignored for actually experiencing the play (some even saying they don't believe in Global Warming) overwhelm your lack of even seeing the show.

How did a mind like yours ever make it out of the 12th Century??? Flat-Earther!

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