Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Laugh it up

Sun Valley comedy shows take the chill out of winter

Express Staff Writer

Leif Skyling Ryan Wingfield

A seasonal highlight in Sun Valley is the Boiler Room Winter Comedy Series, which runs Friday and Saturday evenings through March. Every winter, the series brings in new comedians who almost all tour on national and international comedy circuits or have performed live for Comedy Central, The Last Comic Standing, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the LA Improv.

On Jan. 11, this Friday only, enjoy Idaho comedians Leif Skyling from Caldwell and Ryan Wingfield from Boise. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and those who show a Sun Valley ski pass at the door will receive $3 off the cover.

As the evening's headliner, Skyling will bring a well-honed comedy act that not only made him a star in Canada, but is shooting him to the top of the comedy world in the United States.

"Right now Comedy Central is looking at my stuff," Skyling said. "Any time you can be on television, it's good for the act."

Skyling has put out a DVD, "If I Can Feel Ya,' I Can Heal Ya,'" which features Skyling at the Caliente Nudist Resort & Spa in Land O' Lakes, Fla., and his "alter ego," Curt Sudden, a no-nonsense guy who can appear at any time during Skyling's act.

Skyling has been very successful in comedy competitions, placing third in the 2007 Seattle, Wash., competition and as a finalist in the 2006 San Francisco competition.

"I've been doing comedy for 17 years, and I can't think of anything else I would ever do," Skyling said.

Joining Skyling will be up-and-coming comedian Ryan Wingfield, who has been coming to Sun Valley for the last two years and looks forward to being with Skyling because of his help when Wingfield first started.

"The Boiler Room is considered one of the upper-class rooms and it's a resort location," Wingfield said. "I am always impressed with the comics Sun Valley brings to the Boiler Room."

Wingfield said he has a lofty goal to someday take over the Conan O'Brien show, and he has been the host for a cable television show in Louisiana featuring 20 comedians. Wingfield enjoys story telling and observational humor, especially if it relates to his audience.

"For people who have never seen stand-up comedy live, it is a completely different experience and completely different show," Wingfield said. "I'm not sure the people in Sun Valley realize how big a show they have in their backyard."

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