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Laugh out loud with Tom Papa at the VPAC

Watch one of the top comedic voices in the country at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Jan. 19

Beaver Creek, Colo. — If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to laugh more in 2020, then the VPAC has you covered. Prepare for a surge of endorphins when stand-up comedian Tom Papa brings his stand-up to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Jan. 19.

Tom Papa lands at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $48. Tickets are available now at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).

For more than two decades, Tom Papa has been making folks laugh. His show this month at the Vilar Performing Arts Center was even named one of the “Ten Best Comedy Shows in January” in a recent Denver Westword article.

Papa, who is based in Los Angeles, has an impressive resume. He’s found success as an author, podcast host, in TV and film — but stand up is his first love, he told Boise State Public Radio during an interview in early 2019.

“It makes you feel very alive,” he said. “It feels high risk … it’s very in the moment. And anything can go right and anything can go wrong. It’s not like watching NASCAR and waiting for the crash but it’s very alive and I think that energy is something that’s become addictive to me.”

Head writer and regular contributor to the same network’s A Prairie Home Companion antecedent Live From Here, Papa also is a recurring panelist and occasional host of NPR’s No. 1 show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! In August 2019, Papa began co-hosting What Joke With Papa and Fortune alongside his co-host Fortune Feimster on SiriusXM Radio’s Netflix is a Joke station. Papa also hosts the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, a weekly, hour-long show featuring Tom exploring the funny side of life, occasionally with guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld.

Several times a year in New York and Los Angeles, Papa hosts a live Come To Papa scripted radio play that is recorded live for the podcast and SiriusXM show. With residencies at Largo in Los Angeles and The Village Underground in NYC, Tom writes the script for each show and casts top actors and comedians — think Matt Damon, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan and more — to play the roles or perform stand-up, all backed by a live band.

Laugh as Tom Papa explores the funny side of life in his stand-up comedy set at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Jan. 19.