The Denver Post - - NEWS - — The Aspen Times

Be­fore he broke out in stand-up and on “Satur­day Night Live,” comic David Spade at­tempted to join the ranks of Aspen ski bums.

When Spade was in high school, his older brother and two friends did a few win­ter tours of duty work­ing on the moun­tains and in a ski shop down­town. When Spade grad­u­ated in 1982, he at­tempted to fol­low them. It didn’t go so well.

He and a friend tried to hitch­hike to Aspen from San Diego, failed, called Dial-aRide (“It was like the Uber of its time”) and rolled into town.

The pair had a brief gig in­stalling sprin­klers, then tried to scrape to­gether cash as strip­pers through the Strip-O-Gram ser­vice.

“Ob­vi­ously, this was back when I was more ripped,” Spade said. “He was ac­tu­ally ripped. So I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll just tag along.’ That didn’t work, shock­ingly, so we had to go home.”

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