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Divine Comedy founder Randy Davis said he came to BYU with a desire to start a comedy group. "When I saw The Garrens perform, I thought: ‘Wow. I should try out.’ Then I thought: ‘I’ll never make it in. I’d better start my own.’ "
Live from Provo, it’s Saturday night!
“The Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular!”
When » Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., followed by a post-show “Improv Jam”
Where » Joseph Smith Building (JSB) Auditorium, Brigham Young University, Provo
Tickets » $8 in advance at http://bit.ly/garrens ; $10 at the door
Scheduled performers » Eric D. Snider, Lincoln Hoppe, Joel R. Wallin, Lisa Valentine Clark, Marc E. Shaw, Aaron Johnston, Lauren Keller Johnston, Ken Craig, Katie Fillmore Craig, Becky Baird, Jjana Valentiner, Dave Shipp, Daryn Tufts, Mark Berrett, Shawn Rapier, Jenni Smith Black, Chris Kendrick, Randy Tayler and more.
One night show » "The Garrens Comedy Troupe’s 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular!" will include live performances of classic Garrens sketches and songs with a live band, Fans will see popular favorites like "Guys Apartment," "Sharing Our Journals," "The Pioneer Song," "Music Talk" (aka "A Cappella Gumby") and others, performed by the same people — only older — who performed them originally. The subject matter ranges from college life to pop culture, from dating and marriage to TV commercials.
The main show will be followed by a free-wheeling "Improv Jam."
The goals is to take eight years of material and squeeze it into two hours, Tufts said of the one-night show.
"We’ve been carefully planning this show for months and we’re going to give the audience the very best of everything we did," he said.
Though older, fatter and possibly hairier, troupe members are confident that they are funnier two decades later.
"The raw energy has been replaced with stuff that’s more intelligent and insightful. And perhaps more discerning," said Tufts. "When you’re young, sometimes just being silly is enough. I’m sure we’re not as silly as we once were and I miss that, but let’s face it, silliness is a young man’s game. Twenty years ago, we would really throw ourselves into everything we did. But today, that sort of enthusiasm could result in some broken hips."
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