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Miners Alley Playhouse had its audience cracking up during Comedy at the Alley, a new venue that will be held every third Wednesday of the month.

The talent offered the audience comedic samples of the diverse hilarity Miners Alley Playhouse can provide. A one-man show, and a Jane Austin improvisational group, along with classic stand-up were the featured performances during opening night on Aug. 29.

“We really want to do this right,” said Len Matheo, co-executive director of Miners Alley. “I want this to be professional.”

Miners Alley has never had a comedy night, and Matheo is hoping it will take off and establish itself as a respectable comedy club much like the Comedy Works chains around Denver. “There’s really no ‘comedy west’ in Denver,” said Matheo. “We wanted to offer more entertainment for the people of Golden as well as the school of mines student,” he said.

Vic Alejandro was the stand-up comedian for the night who discussed marriage, the single life and getting old. Based in Denver, Alejandro has been on many TV shows for his act including the Ellen Degeneres Show.

Jane’s Addiction, an improv group who create Jane Austin novels based on audience suggestions took the stage, and Jim Walker gave a preview of his production Normal Heights, with musical funnyman Gary Grundei. Comedy at the Alley curator Meridith Grundei gave directional assistance to Normal Heights, which debuts at the Boulder International Fringe Festival on Sept. 18 and runs until Sept. 29.

“That was a blast,” said Dawn Marie Anderson on Jim Walker’s one man show. “I feel privileged I got to see that.”

As a Golden resident, Anderson used to frequent Miners Alley but admitted she forgot about the playhouse until she heard about comedy night.

“It’s a nice little place, I’ll be back for sure,” Anderson said. “It’s now on my radar again.”

Anderson was accompanied by two of her friends, who drove down from Boulder and Laramie, Wyo., to catch Jane’s Addiction.

“I love Jane Austin,” said Phebe Dehaan of Boulder. “It was really hilarious, community theatre actually has really great comedy.”

Comedy night will open again on Sept. 18 with an all new line-up including local stand-up comedian John Novosad a.k.a. Hippieman from Comedy Works in Denver.

Upcoming schedules can be found online at www.minersalley.com. Tickets are $12 and $10 for Colorado School of Mines students with a school ID. Shows start at 8 p.m. with doors and lounge opening at 7 p.m. Draft beer, wine, and cocktails are available at the bar.

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