Lucky '13: Comedian and Fine Gentleman Sam Tallent

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This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We excerpted quotes from these Q&A's in the New Year's Guide inserted in the December 13 issue of Westword, but we'll be featuring the complete interviews in a series of posts through the end of the year. Up next: Sam Tallent.

A founder of the Fine Gentleman's Club, Sam Tallent has had a busy year. He's toured, released three comedy albums and put on Too Much Funstival, as well as helping create and grow the thriving Denver comedy community. Tallent can be found hosting open-mic nights Mondays at the Lion's Lair, Tuesdays at the Squire Lounge, and Wednesdays at the Fine Gentleman's Club's Too Much Fun at Deer Pile; he also plays drums in the band Red Vs. Black. We recently spoke with the always funny and kind Tallent about cooking, a teenage run-in with the cops, and how hard it is to be a comedian when you're happy.

See also:
- Lucky '13: Andrew Novick of Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast, Warlock Pinchers, and GetYourGoing
- Sam Tallent talks about his comedy mixtape Joke Life, and his Fine Gentleman's Club
- Let the Fine Gentleman's Club help you get through the rest of 2012 in fine style

Westword: Tell us about a time that you got lucky.

One time when I was eighteen, I broke into -- well, allegedly myself and three friends broke into the San Diego Zoo. Not for any nefarious purposes, just to try and get in there for free, because it was wicked expensive. So we kicked down a fence and got in there, and we're trolling around and we totally got arrested by zoo security, and they were, like, walking us through the zoo, and there were all these Hells Angels there with their families. It was like Hells Angels zoo day, and they were all giving us the thumbs-up as we were in handcuffs and stuff and giving us the salute, like, "Yeah, young brother." So we were locked up, and when the real cop came, he gave us a stern warning and told us we were gonna have to come back to San Diego to go to court for breaking and entering into a public institution. But that cop filled out the incorrect paperwork, and now I can go to the zoo whenever I want to. He blew it, and I'm good to go. The reverse happened in Massachusetts, where I got pulled over for driving incorrectly and they definitely busted me there. So I can't go to Massachusetts right now, but I can go to San Diego, which is a lovely place.

What's your resolution for 2013?

I quit smoking and drinking this year, so I'm definitely not going to smoke cigarettes anymore. That's a big thing. I don't know; I just have more goals and stuff. I'm gonna tour behind the album a whole bunch, and I want to cook a lot more. That's a big resolution as well -- cook more. Try not to smoke weed before noon, and put out two more albums, travel behind this album, that type of nonsense. But definitely the weed and the cooking. I love to cook, and I'm good at it, dammit. You heard it here first.

What do you like to cook?

I made a ham right before Thanksgiving with collard greens and smashed root vegetables. You know, rustic, yet simple and elegant. I don't know. I used to ditch class a lot in high school and smoke weed and watch the Food Network, so I kind of have a loose handle on how to put stuff together. I'm gonna make a cassoulet this week. That's a ham and white bean soup. I'm pretty pumped. I don't have a lot to do, Robin. I sit around all day and just pretty much get stoned and wait to do comedy. So I'm gonna start cooking long and slow meals from now on.

That sounds great. You're living the life.

Yeah, I really don't have much to complain about, to tell you the truth. I'm less funny now that I'm happy. I used to be grumpy, but now I'm super happy and tranquil so I'm probably not as funny as I was.


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