Steve ‘Mudflap’ McGrew comes to Vaudeville
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Who: Steve ‘Mudflap’ McGrew
What: Stand-up comedy
When: Doors at 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Vaudeville Revue
How Much: $25, must be 18 or older
Denver comic Steve “Mudflap” McGrew doesn’t try very hard to write jokes. He just sits back and takes note of the ridiculous things he sees.
“Basically my process is just to live my life and wait,” he said. “Most of my stuff is based on something I’ve gone through or seen. I’m really into observational humor.”
McGrew’s stand-up style in itself is hilarious — his brash delivery of jokes about common sense (or lack thereof), child rearing and, yes, pig sex, has landed him spots on Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network” and “Comedy All Stars,” VH-1’s “Stand Up, Stand Up,” MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Show” and CMT’s “20 Most Redneck Moments” and “Comedy Stage.” He also hosted a morning radio show in Denver for eight years, which earned him three Country Music Association Broadcast Personalities of the Year awards, an Academy of Country Music award for Best Morning Show and more.
But McGrew’s home has been the stage ever since he first tried stand-up in the early ’80s. At the time, he was in his early 20s working as a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, but stand-up seemed like an even more enticing outlet.
“I was going through a divorce, and I thought it would be the perfect way to get on stage and do some therapy,” he said.
Unlike many comics’ “first time” stories, McGrew’s felt pretty good.
“If I would’ve been nervous, I probably would’ve never done it again,” he said. “After that first time, you’re hooked. Comedy is the crack pipe of life. You’re like, ‘Wow, that was good. I’m doing this again.’”
After five years at the Houston Chronicle, McGrew took up comedy full-time and hasn’t looked back. He moved from Houston to Denver in 1984, when the famous club Comedy Works was getting more attention.
“It was the big new club,” he said. “And I always wanted to live in Denver, so I thought, ‘I’ll just go there to live and work.’ I felt pretty much at home. Ever since I was a kid, I spent my vacations in Colorado, and Denver is one of the greatest cities in the world.”
McGrew said he’s a frequent visitor to Glenwood Springs, but it’s been years since he last performed here. He said he’s looking forward to coming back.
“I’m hoping we can get most of the town out to support a Colorado comic,” he said.
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