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Open the holidays with laughter

DURRELL JOHNSON

DURRELL JOHNSON

The year is almost over and the holidays are coming up fast, so what's better than ringing everything in with some gut-busting laughter?

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Mile High Comedy Theater will present its last show of the year at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. In addition to the talent of Bliss Streetman, Brent Nielsen, Cisco Ortiz, Jantina Russell and Jennifer Tobin, the featured stand-up comics include Durrell Johnson and Kristofer Royer.

Director Cynthia Sobo said she is looking forward to giving Prescott a great last show of the year, adding she brought in top comics who have been working on some brand new games.

"We're finding new ways to get the audience involved," Sobo said, noting some of the suggestions are provided by the audience.

The show is meant for an audience of 18 and over, and tickets are $10 for regular admission and $20 for opera box seats, available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour before the performance.

Sobo wanted to have Johnson and Royer perform after seeing them at Brick & Bones and liked their style, she said. The two will give the Prescott community more exposure to professional talent, she added.

Johnson performs regularly at numerous venues in the Valley, such as Stand Up Live, the Tempe Improv and Stand Up Scottsdale. Johnson said he's been performing for five years.

"It all started off on a bet; a friend signed me up for open mic," Johnson said. He then wanted to get better and it just grew from there, he added.

His love for comedy comes from loving to make people laugh, Johnson explained. He said that if he can make somebody's day better, then he's done his job. His material comes from all the things that have happened to him in his life, such as divorcing, dating and getting remarried, as well as observing current events and pop culture. Performing in front of a crowd and telling his problems to strangers is therapeutic, he said, adding that he believes people can relate.

Royer said he's been performing standup comedy for about four and a half years and is a lifelong lover of comedy who got into it by taking classes and never looking back. His favorite audiences are in Prescott and Sedona, Royer said.

Sobo said everybody is going to need some laughs with the holidays coming up.

"Improv is always hilarious," she said. "You never know what's going to happen next."

For more information, visit www.prescottelkstheater.com or www.milehighcomedytheater.com

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.