Voodoo Comedy Playhouse under new ownership

Pair aim to draw diverse, high-quality performances

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Posted 2/27/19

Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver is under new ownership. Nick Armstrong and Jack Nicols bring more than 20 years of experience to the Denver comedy community, according to a news release. The new …

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Voodoo Comedy Playhouse under new ownership

Pair aim to draw diverse, high-quality performances

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Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver is under new ownership.

Nick Armstrong and Jack Nicols bring more than 20 years of experience to the Denver comedy community, according to a news release. The new ownership was officially effective Jan. 1 at the club, located at 1260 22nd St.

Armstrong is an actor, improviser and writer. He has been on the Emmy-Award-winning shows "The Office" and "Grey's Anatomy," and has made appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "New Girl," "Stan Against Evil," "Brooklyn Nine Nine" and "Parks and Recreation." In addition to co-owning the playhouse with Nicols, Armstrong will also serve as general manager, according to the release.

“We're excited to work with the talented Denver comedy community,” Armstrong said in the release. “We're dedicated to creating a safe inclusive place that promotes growth both personally and comedically.”

Nicols will serve as the artistic director at Voodoo. He is a founder of Spectacles Improv Engine in Fullerton, California. He is the founder and former director of The Improv Cup, a charitable improv tournament that raises money for The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

He has been performing improv for 24 years and coaching/teaching for a decade.

“I want to create an environment that helps to maximize the potential of our community, while spreading joy to audiences,” Nicols said in the release.

The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse has provided a home for artists since 2011, offering shows Tuesday through Saturday while featuring full bar service. It also offers improv classes and corporate workshops.

“I love comedy, I've dedicated my life to it. And I hope to bring that enthusiasm to the Denver comedy community. I want to be a resource to the comedy community to help them reach their dreams,” Armstrong said in the release.

According to the release, the Voodoo mission is threefold: to provide high-quality and diverse show offerings that exemplify the amazing Colorado comedy and improv communities; to offer professional-grade comedy and improv classes and workshops that enhance the skills and visibility of its performers; and to open their doors to the Colorado comedy and improv communities as a unique all-inclusive gathering space where all types of performers can grow and flourish.

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