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Andrew Orvedahl

Andrew Orvedahl’s humor is on the exact level of intelligent that I enjoy. He’s smart, but not pretentious and I’ve never heard him crack a joke that involves sweeping generalizations of housewives or football watching couch potato husbands. Similarly, if Andrew were a coffee, I’d have to say he’d be a quirky Pacamara from El Salvador that’s full of character and is 172 degrees, a temperature that I find most enjoyable.

I remember when I first met Andrew when we were arguing for opposite sides at Buntport’s Great Debate (Dead Man’s Curve or Make-out Point). Andrew was posing as a lawyer type and had done some background research on each of the debaters on my team. As he was going down the line, picking apart our pasts, I hoped he wouldn’t make fun of my last name (had enough of that growing up and really, hadn’t heard anything original in twenty some-odd years); or pick on me for being a woman or Asian (because I have complete control over both of those things, riiight?). Well, he chose not to, which I found a relief. And even though they say all’s fair in comedy and some might argue he should have pulled out ching chong ching or PMS quips on me, he didn’t. Ever since then, my respect for him and his humor has only increased.

Andrew’s one of those people in Denver who I think contributes positively to the city’s culture. He organizes and hosts comedy and storytelling shows every month—they’re one of the reasons why living in Denver is a trillion times more interesting to me than living in Highlands Ranch. His newest show called ‘Randomicity’ debuts tonight at the Underground Music Showcase venue SOBO 151, at 9pm.

I’m glad Andrew was up for talking coffee with me. His interview was the most eventful that I’ve had so far. Not only can you hear his neighbor using the lawnmower, but Andrew’s two year old daughter (whose cuteness kills me) was vigorously typing on the computer for part of the time (you can hear her pounding away on the keyboard at one point) and there was an additional visitor roaming around the room as well. All excellent additions to my less than stellar videotaping skills, which are revealed by my attempt to shoot Andrew in front of a white wall while he’s wearing a white shirt. I am so not awesome! The good news is that I leaned a lesson and will avoid washing out future interviewees!

I make videos because I love learning about people’s passions, and I enjoy connecting people to people by sharing their stories. While researching coffee (my obsession) over the past four years, I discovered that many creatives rely on coffee as a drug. They love what it does to their brain and how it’s a catalyst for creativity.

Coffee is complex. So are people. Drink up.

After you watch the interview, you should really also watch this video, which features his daughter being awesome:

and this one is pretty great too:

These videos were played at one of the Grawlix shows, which are the last Friday of every month.