Den­ver comic just got his own Com­edy Cen­tral spe­cial

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By John Wen­zel

Den­ver stand-up Adam Cay­ton-Hol­land, who co-stars on the truTV sit­com “Those Who Can’t,” has be­come the first Den­ver-based comic to get his own spe­cial as part of Com­edy Cen­tral’s “The Half Hour” se­ries.

The news came this week as Com­edy Cen­tral an­nounced a re­brand­ing its “Half Hour” spe­cials, now en­ter­ing their sixth sea­son, as “Com­edy Cen­tral Stand-Up Presents.”

The net­work named 36-yearold Cay­ton-Hol­land as one of the

14 ris­ing names in its 2017 crop, which also in­cludes An­thony Devito, Jo Fire­stone, Solomon Ge­or­gio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh John­son, Joel Kim Booster, Lashonda Lester, Chris Redd, Ya­maneika Saun­ders, Julio Tor­res, Shane Tor­res and Jenny Zi­grino.

“I recorded a set at El Char­rito awhile back and my peo­ple sub­mit­ted that — and I got it!” Cay­ton-Hol­land said over the phone from Los An­ge­les. “I had recorded an hour with the goal of do­ing some­thing like that, and Com­edy Cen­tral bit.”

Pre­vi­ous “Half Hour” comics in­clude Nikki Glaser, Ron Funches, Michael Che and Chris Gethard, as well as Colorado na­tives Ben Kron­berg, Dan Soder and Noah Gar­denswartz.

Den­ver-based stand-ups have also ap­peared in var­i­ous shows on Com­edy Cen­tral be­fore, such as Steve McGrew, Josh Blue and Cay­ton-Hol­land’s Grawlix troupe co­horts Ben Roy and An­drew Orvedahl. And cer­tainly, Den­ver na­tive T.J. Miller has been ubiq­ui­tous on the net­work with full-length spe­cials (“No Real Rea­son”) and se­ries (“Mash Up,” as well as the up­com­ing “The Gor­burger Show”).

But Cay­ton-Hol­land is the first comic who lives in Den­ver to get his own spe­cial on Com­edy Cen­tral as part of its half-hour se­ries — even if he’s cur­rently in Los An­ge­les writ­ing Sea­son 3 of “Those Who Can’t,” which be­gins shoot­ing in June and is set to pre­miere on truTV in Oc­to­ber.

“This year I’m in L.A. for five months so I feel like an L.A. sell-out half the time, but I’m Den­ver through and through,” said Cay­ton-Hol­land, who in 2014 ful­filled a long­time dream by throw­ing out the first pitch at a Rock­ies game.

News of the spe­cial comes four years af­ter Cay­ton-Hol­land’s na­tional TV de­but on “Co­nan” — and only a cou­ple months af­ter “Those Who Can’t” was green­lit for a third sea­son on truTV.

Cay­ton-Hol­land also an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that he will be writ­ing a mem­oir for Touch­stone Books called “Tragedy Plus Time,” about the sui­cide of his younger sis­ter Ly­dia. His first draft is due in May — he said he is “work­ing his (butt) off ” on it at the mo­ment — and the book is sched­uled to be pub­lished in May 2018.

That makes for a busy 2017 for Cay­ton-Hol­land, who will also shortly be rolling out the lineup for his lat­est High Plains Com­edy Fes­ti­val, which will re­turn to the Mile High City Aug. 24-26.

Still, he’s most in­tim­i­dated by the fact that this will be his long­est-ever stand-up set on TV.

“I’m pretty ex­cited. I’ve been head­lin­ing for years now and I have lots of ma­te­rial, since I haven’t recorded an al­bum in awhile. Prob­a­bly over two hour’s worth. But this will be the long­est set I’ve ever done on TV, by four times. I’m not quak­ing in my boots, but I’m not try­ing to be cocky about it, ei­ther.”

“Com­edy Cen­tral Stand-Up Presents…” is sched­uled to film 14 new episodes at the Civic The­atre in New Or­leans from Wed­nes­day, April 19 through Satur­day, April 22 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night. Tick­ets are free and can be re­quested at cc­sup.

Den­ver comic Adam Cay­tonHol­land has landed a set on Com­edy Cen­tral’s “Stand-Up Presents.”

Adam Cay­ton-Hol­land takes a mo­ment to go over his act in the green room be­fore tak­ing the stage as the head­liner at Den­ver’s Com­edy Works in April 2011.

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