How it all began...

by Helen Reicher, Founder & Executive Director

My brain never stops thinking. I cannot conceive of how a brain can work any other way. How anyone is telling the truth when they say they are thinking nothing. Nothing!?! How is that possible? Overthinking was a curse until I figured out how to channel it into a positive force, comedy. People in the comedy business hear that and think, the comedy business is like a Shakespearean play where most of the characters are antagonists.

 

Except that is the business of comedy, I am talking about the art of comedy. I am talking about the thing that drives people to the stage night after night, even though they know they will never "make it" in any mainstream sense of the word. I am talking about using words as paint, the audience as canvas, and the microphone as a paintbrush. Now that logo makes sense, right?


Through the nonprofit's podcast called, you guessed it, The Art of Comedy, I have had the privilege to discuss in-depth with comedians who have completed the comedy classes at Rise Comedy in Denver. How comedy has improved their lives. Even just taking the comedy classes alone made a significant difference. We all share similar yet personally unique stories. This is mine...