Comedians to swap stories
After two days of phone tag with Kevin Fitzgerald the first thing he said was, “We just had a bunch of caesarean sections yesterday, but we’re going to have some fun up there on Friday night.”Fitzgerald is a Denver veterinarian who probably has more stories than just about anyone. He was a boxer when he was younger, and when a group of concert promoters, including Berry Fey, saw him box, they hired him to bounce at rock concerts. And he bounced for big-name bands, such as the Rolling Stones. But a career in rock ‘n’ roll was not to be. “When someone like Keith Richards tells you to go back to school and make something of yourself you listen,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald quit bouncing when he finished veterinary school, but not the end of his run in show business. He ended up doing stand-up comedy after finishing his shifts at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver. He also ended up on Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets.”To be sure, Fitzgerald has seen very much in his life and careers. “I’ve gotten to see so many things in so many decades. I’m not saying I’m old, but I remember Preparation A,” he said. The joke seemed like it would fit in easily with his show Friday at the Hotel Colorado.Even though Fitzgerald has had a somewhat spectacular life, audiences likely won’t hear much about it. In fact, if you ask more than once how a a man with a Ph.D. in endocrinology also was a bouncer or was one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in America in 2002 (which he was, along with George Clooney and Ben Affleck), Fitzgerald lets a long, awkward pause pass before replying that he is more like Forrest Gump than George or Ben. He’s just haplessly lucky, he said. After the pause and explanation of how he’s been able to do so much, Fitzgerald goes back to what he’d prefer to do – tell jokes. “Next week, America has to come up with the most important decision – what they’re going to be for Halloween.”Though Fitzgerald is probably better-known, he will perform in Glenwood with Josh Blue, another Denver comic. Blue has been performing professionally for a year and a half, and also has some stories to tell. He was born in Cameroon, West Africa. He moved to St. Louis a few years later, graduated from college in Washington, then moved to Denver, where his comedy career took off. After taking third in the 2003 Philadelphia International Comedy Competition, Blue won the 2003 Bass Ale Next Level Comedy Competition in Denver, and earned an invitation to the 2004 HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. He finished the summer in stand-up by winning the Royal Flush Professional Comedy Contest at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. All that and Blue still had time to slip in a trip to Athens to play soccer for the United States in the Paralympic Games in September. Blue has cerebral palsy, which doesn’t seem to slow him down a bit. In fact, his disability, as he calls it, is a pretty large part of his act. People think they have to talk slowly or loudly for Blue to understand, “which I guess opens some doors for me to take advantage of people,” he joked. “What are you going to yell at me? I’ll cry,” he said. No matter where Fitzgerald and Blue are coming from though, they have the same goals. “We want to blow the doors off that place,” Fitzgerald said.
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