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Steamboat Springs As it should be, no one, no person and nothing is safe in the Pirate Theatre’s Monthly Daily Show.
And the new show, set to debut Friday at the Chief Theater, seems to be on to something that could turn into a staple.
The show bills itself after sketch comedies like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show." Set into the revamped Chief Theater, on the surface it’s a hit.
“We thought we could do it and the Chief was the final piece of the puzzle,” said Todd Danielson, a writer for the show. “We wanted to do something live.”
The doors open at the Chief Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Advance admission is $5 for regular seating and $10 for reserved. At the door, the cost is $7 and $12.
Tickets can be purchased at All That Jazz.
The show plans to follow the monthly First Friday Artwalks.
“We found the day,” performer Grant Bursek said. “We asked, 'What is there to do after the First Friday Artwalks?'”
Any person that has been to one of the annual and sometimes biannual shows knows the shtick. The shows poke fun at all things absurd, unusual or just plain shake-your-head in Northwest Colorado.
Friday’s show includes bits on Craig (Merica), gun control, local “celebrities,” Nordic skiing and includes a game show with the audience.
And the bond between First Friday, the Chief and Pirate Theatre is a good idea. With the Chief still finding its identity, Pirate Theatre’s live entertainment fits the mold of community-based performance.
With the show running right after Artwalk and running only 45 minutes to an hour, at a price point that’s no more than a couple drinks at the bar, the groundwork for a successful product is in place.
Of course, people will come if it’s funny. Like all sketch comedy shows, not every bit is a hit. But in the walk through, there were more ups and laughs than lulls. There was some belly churning moments and jokes that will get people no matter how long they have lived in Steamboat.
The interesting part is that the show is being filmed for Steamboat TV 18 and will be played on the radio at ESPN 98.9.
This involves four cameras, a green screen and a split stage where the audience will be able to see the live performance on side with a movie screen of what’s being filmed on the other.
The show also has a live band, Egeria, to get through sets.
It will premier on television July 13 and on radio July 17.
“We want to promote it as a cornerstone,” Danielson said. “We want it to be a regular thing to tell people about.”
For a group that did one and sometimes two productions a year, it’s a bold step.
Judging from Wednesday’s performance, it’s a good step — a step toward unique monthly entertainment — and something that’s certainly worth seeing.
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