Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.
A consummate producer who works in video, radio and live performance, Andy Juett has been behind the scenes for a majority of the Denver comedy scene's best output, including last summer's High Plains Comedy Festival, which Juett co-owns and operates along with comedian Adam Cayton-Holland and Pete Turner and Virgil Dickerson of Illegal Pete's.
Juett isn't content to simply remain behind the scenes, however. Whether regaling audiences at the Narrators podcast with tales of youthful exploits, acting in short films or vigorously beatboxing in character for Grawlix's recurring Mouthstepperz sketch, Juett maintains an infectious enthusiasm that can't help but influence his cohorts for the better. Tonight he'll serve as one of the judges at the Open Screen short film event hosted by Total Ghost at 7 p.m. at the Oriental Theater. In advance of that, we caught up with Juett to discuss growing out of John Updike, not having time for poetry, and reading with his kids.
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