Aspen’s Past & Present Meet for a Laugh


B&W photo caption: Great Grandfather Alton Beck (far right), Great Great Grandfather John Beck (right, behind Alton) at the Beck & Quail Grocery Store during the 1930’s.

Louis Beck will be having quite the Aspen homecoming this Saturday. The Boulder-based emcee and owner of Red Yeti Comedy Productions returns to his hometown for a comedy show in a location that has a very special significance for him and his family.

The Parlor at Justice Snow’s restaurant in the Wheeler Opera House will play host to Beck’s comedians this Saturday night at 10pm with headliner Joe Bartnik (Just for Laughs, ESPYs, Comedy Central, NBC) and featured comic Anthony Armstrong from Denver. There is a $10 cover.

What makes this particular show unique?  It will be in the exact location where his great great grandfather John Beck launched Beck & Quail Grocery Store in 1890.

“My great great grandfather emigrated here from the Isle of Mann off the coast of Scotland and Ireland and this was his business,” said Beck. “My great grandfather Alton Beck was born in Aspen in 1910 and the business became his when he grew up. My dad Gary Beck still lives in Old Snowmass on a ranch that our family has homesteaded since the 1880’s.”

Beck recalls a story his grandfather told him about growing up in the Wheeler building in the 1940’s. “He said he and his friends used to sneak into the abandoned theater and swing from the ropes backstage.”

When Bartnik, Armstrong and Beck bring down the house this Saturday night, rest assured it won’t be just any house, it will be a very special one indeed.

Joe Bartnick

Joe Bartnick was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA where he learned to eat, drink and be funny.  He moved to San Francisco and began his career as a standup comic working his way up from performing in coffee shops and laundry mats to play prestigious venues such as The Chicago Theater and The Ryman Auditorium.

Joe moved to Los Angeles and jumped into writing and acting. In LA Joe has written on many television projects including the ESPYS, The NFL on FOX, ‘Snoop After Dark’ and Eddie Griffin’s ‘Going for Broke’. As an actor Joe starred in ‘Dirty Jokes’ the Movie.  Joe created and starred (fully clothed) in the Playboy TV series ‘King of Clubs’.

Joe performed a closing set on AXS-TV’s Live at Gotham. For many years Joe wrote and opened for the Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli. He can now be seen opening for Bill Burr or headlining on his own or as part of the All In Tour with Paul Virzi.

One of Joe’s biggest thrills was roasting Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee on  ‘Battleground Earth’. Joe wrote the best- selling book “You Might Be a Douchebag” and collaborated with Don Jameison on “You Might Be A Metal Head”.

Joe has parlayed his love of hockey into the highly successful podcast ‘Puck Off’ and writes a column for Pro Hockey News.


Anthony Armstrong began cultivating his comedic craft in the thriving Denver Comedy scene. He has taken Denver by storm performing at every local show, as well as the world premier clubs like Improv and Comedy Works! Anthony’s comedy is highly sought after, mastering the delivery of uncomfortable truth in a creative hilarious way. This has made him one of Denver’s top comedians. Anthony has opened for Lavar Walker and Guy Torrey.

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