2014 Comedy Nights at the Henry Strater Theatre


Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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January 4, February 8, March 1, May 3
All Shows Start at 8:00 p.m.
Doors Open at 7:15 p.m.

Durango, Colorado – The historic Strater Hotel is pleased to announce its 2014 Comedy Nights at the Henry Strater Theatre. Four shows are scheduled for this year with the possibility of adding additional performances—current show dates are: January 4, February 8, March 1, and May 3. All shows include feature and headlining acts with comedians subject to change.



Headliner: Bob Meddles took a leap after more than 12 years working as a newspaper editor and freelance writer to bring his comedic take on contemporary culture, relationships and life in general, to the stage. He is the founder of the Slap the Stupid People campaign, with tens of thousands of Facebook fans all across the country. Bob’s comedy appeals to a wide range of audiences, and he is the winningest coach in foosball history. From blue-collar bars to country clubs, young to old and to everyone in between, people can relate to Bob’s take on life and lunacy.

Featuring: Brett Crandall’s act is largely inspired by his personal experiences and passions. Brett’s quick wit, instant likability, and unique way of engaging any audience has made him a favorite at many clubs and bars in the Colorado area. With a laid back, likable, yet biting style, Brett is sure to bring big laughs for years to come.


Headliner: David Testroet is a true veteran comedian from Iowa has an easy Mid-West delivery, a quick laugh, and a whit that will transport you into his world. He performs in comedy clubs and theatres across the United States and Canada, and even performs for U.S. military personnel on tour overseas. David has a fast and funny show anyone can enjoy from material that twists from Darwin to Grizzly bears, and sharp improvisation skills developed with over twenty years of stage experience. He’s an established harmonica player that includes rock and roll to his original songs like the Big Guy Blues.

Featuring: Eric Henderson is an up and coming comic who currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He brings to the stage a high energy, unique style of observation humor, and storytelling that never leaves the audience disappointed.


Headliner: Freddy Charles started his stand-up comedy career in 1984 at the Hyatt in Hollywood where he was a regular. It wasn’t long until he was headlining comedy clubs around the U.S. and Canada. He’s appeared at the M.G.M. Grand, Riviera, and Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. He mounted a one man show “The Love is There” in Montreal during the 1997 Just for Laughs Festival. Freddy was a regular at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood throughout the nineties and a contributing editor to “Laugh Factory Magazine”. Freddy has appeared on Showtime’s, “Showtime Comedy Club Network”, “Make Me Laugh”, and numerous commercials including Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck Video”. He was also featured on a Halloween special; N.B.C.’s “Witches, Werewolves and Warlocks”, “Art Gets Fired”, a short film Freddy wrote and starred in. He also wrote and hosted “Escape and Beyond”, a one hour television special. In 2009 Freddy’s THE BIT, won “Best Screenplay” at the Castle Rock Film Festival. Freddy has been featured in short films including; “The Bus Boy”, “Turnaround”, “Connect the Dots”, and “The Eyes of an Enemy”.

Featuring: Rusty Rutheford has a twisted comedy with “More energy than a high school cheer squad” (Montreal Fringe Festival). You’ll question if Rusty is sane one minute with his dark, offbeat humor, then question if he’s a “comedic genius” (Rusty’s mom). He’s able to incorporate every member of the audience into an on-the-spot freestyle rap. Rutherford’s comedic journey has taken him to venues of all shapes and sizes across America, Canada, and Santa Fe and has even landed him a spot on Last Comic Standing.  Whatever you expect, throw it out the window and expect the unexpected in what can only be described as structured insanity.


Headliner:   Spencer James, who brings a unique blend of fresh standup mixed in with his everyday observations, has been entertaining audiences since he was 17. His film and acting credits stretch all the way from NBC’s “North Shore” to “Lost” to performing for the fishermen of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, made famous by the hit TV show “Deadliest Catch.” His home club of “Comedy Works” is based in Denver, Colorado, but most of his time is spent performing at comedy clubs, military bases, and colleges around the nation. Spencer has opened for the likes of “Last Comic Standing’s” Tye Barnett, Comedy Central’s Jimmy Dore, and Rocky Laporte to name a few, and was a participant at the World Talent Convention in 2002, the MVP of Comedy Works Funny Final Four Contest in 2005, and a featured performer in the Boulder Comedy Contest in 2009.

Featuring: Mike Jones is the newest and youngest comedian to come out of Huntington, West Virginia. His animated personality resembles that of a cartoon character and his shaky stage presences keeps audiences enthralled as to what’s next. Mike’s witty observations and off the wall views about everyday life has audience members rolling in laughter as he trifles through advertising flaws in his favorite commercials to his love for a ten-day diet. Mike will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.


Tickets are $10 dollars in advance and $12 at the door. All Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 7:15 p.m. For additional information and interviews please contact Emily Flood at 970.375.7160 or eflood@strater.com.

The world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious continually running theatres in Colorado located in the Strater Hotel, offering nearly 50 years of quality performances.

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