08
Feb
2016
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Events

Bringing the Laughs Back to Sun Valley

You can’t be America’s oldest ski resort and not know a thing or two about comedy.

Indeed, the comedic connection to Sun Valley runs as long and strong as Warm Springs, top to bottom, on a powder day. One of the original comedy-based ski films, “Sun Valley Serenade,” was filmed here in 1941. The “Queen of Comedy,” Lucille Ball, filmed an entire episode of her show here in 1958. For years, the Boiler Room hosted the best comedians in the country, while other funny folks like the Farrelly Brothers still come to town each winter to play hockey, hang out at Grumpy’s, and recruit extras for their next film project. Comedy has always been part of the fabric of Sun Valley.

That’s what makes the upcoming show of Mark Price and Kaz so exciting. It’s harkens back to the days when the hottest acts in comedy would come to town, and laughing the night away was a big part of the Sun Valley ski experience.

“I’m excited to be part of bringing comedy back,” Kaz Gable said. “It’s pretty neat to think of the history there.”

Kaz will be opening for the Mark Price Comedy Show, this Saturday night at the Opera House. While Mark Price, best known as a “Skippy” from the hit `80s TV show “Family Ties,” has long been in the comedy business, Kaz is a somewhat of a new-comer. In fact, his career essentially started on a whim when he decided to enter “Boise’s Funniest Person” contest a few years ago. Kaz won and he’s been making name a humorous name for himself ever since.

Originally from Wisconsin, Kaz moved to Boise so his wife could attend graduate school at BSU. But, as he says, like so many people “we fell in love with the state and stayed.” Much of his comedy centers around the young husband and father “constantly trying to do things the right way, but consistently screwing them up.”
Kaz’s burgeoning career led him to getting paired up with Mark Price at a comedy festival and the two hit it off. So they decided to tour Idaho together, an especially appealing idea to Mark, who likes to ski.

“I’m already happy and I haven’t even left yet,” Mark said, from his home in Southern California.

As of a fan of the show “Family Ties,” it was a thrill for me to get to talk with Mark and even though he admits that a lot of his regular audiences don’t know about the show, it still has a big impact on his life.

“I was very fortunate to do that show,” Mark said, about his adolescent stardom as the Keaton’s silly neighbor, a job he was offered after appearing on the Merv Griffin Show. “But I won’t be making any Mallory jokes.”

Although he said he was just the “side guy” on “Family Ties,” Mark said that he learned a lot about creating comedy with meaning from the talented writers on the show. Mark also learned a lot about being funny from his father, who was a successful comedian as well.

“I was always around comedians as a kid,” Mark said about finding his calling as a funny man. “I was inspired by so many people, that’s why it’s so hard to describe my style.”

Mark covers a variety of topics in his stand-up routine, everything from politics and current events, to technology and the pratfalls of growing up in Hollywood. He also promised some relationship-focused jokes at his Sun Valley show, to tie in with the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Mark mixes it all in with his gift for physical comedy.

“I’m like 300 comedians in one,” he said. “I’m like the weather; just give it a few minutes you’ll find something you like.”

Mark said he’s looking forward to both performing and skiing for the first time in a place with such strong history. He even wonders if his dad ever performed here.

“I’m excited to visit there and check out the home of the first chair lift,” Mark said, explaining that he also likes to perform each year in Sun Valley’s sister ski community of Lake Tahoe. “I just really enjoy comedy and making people laugh.”


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