Wende Curtis is the Owner of Comedy Works. She started her career at the long since closed Fort Collins location as a cocktail waitress and worked her way up through the organization as booker, as general manager, as rehabilitator of failing clubs, and ultimately as owner. In this candid conversation with Vic, Wende shares stories of overcoming a severe eating disorder, why adding real estate to her business has helped her grow and prosper, and a litany of other thorny and interesting issues she’s dealt with in 36+ years in the comedy buisness.
  • How did Wende navigate the closure of her clubs during COVID, and why was it so hard to get staff once she was set to re-open?
  • How does she make judgments about comics who have admitted to doing terrible things and whether or not they can come back to the club?
  • Why do comics continue to love to come to Denver, and what business choices has she made that have contributed to her reputation?
  • What innovations has she instituted that has helped keep her clubs vital, relevant, and thriving?
All of this, along with anecdotes about everyone from Dave Chappelle to Denver’s own The Grawlix and Sam Tallent to Mitch Hedberg to Joe Rogan to Bill Hicks are inside this episode.

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