Andrew Orvedahl

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Andrew Orvedahl
Comedian Andrew Orvedahl, Sept 2014.jpg
Orvedahl performing at the September 2014 Grawlix show
Born(1976-12-21)December 21, 1976
GenresObservational comedy

Andrew Orvedahl (born 1976) is an American comedian best known for his work with The Grawlix, a comedy troupe consisting of Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Ben Roy and the TruTV show Those Who Can't.[1] As a member of The Grawlix, Orvedahl has starred in a series of Funny or Die video releases written and directed by The Nix Bros.[2]


Stand-up comedian[edit]

Orvedahl started stand-up in 2003 spanking Elmo.[3] In addition to performing regularly at his home club, Comedy Works in Denver, Orvedahl has toured the US, and performed at the Aspen (2011),[4] Las Vegas, Seattle (2010), Great American (2012), Bridgetown (2011, 2012, 2013), and High Plains (2013, 2014) Comedy Festivals, and was part of the "New Faces" Showcase at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2013.[5] Also in 2013, Orvedahl released his comedy album Hit The Dick Lights in a dual release with fellow Grawlix member Adam Cayton-Holland. Holland's album I Don't Know If I Happy shares similar album art, was recorded on the same date at the same theater (Denver's Bug Theatre) as Orvedahl's, and both were released on Illegal Pete's Greater Than Collective label.[6]

Orvedahl has appeared on "NickMom Night Out" and "Last Comic Standing", and on October 13, 2014, made his debut performance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".[7]

The Grawlix[edit]

In 2007, Orvedahl was a core member of "Los Comicos Super Hilariosos," a regular show that welcomed big-name comics like Arj Barker, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, and Moshe Kasher. The group eventually dissolved and reformed as The Grawlix in 2011.[8]

The Grawlix consists of Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Cayton-Holland. The troupe performed a monthly show at The Bug Theater in Denver, featuring standup sets from each of the principals, a variety of national guest comedians, and screenings of their web series videos, produced by The Nix brothers.

Those Who Can't[edit]

The Grawlix also teamed with The Nix Brothers to produce a pilot for Amazon in June 2012 called Those Who Can't, about three inept Denver high school teachers.[9] While Amazon eventually passed on the pilot, TruTV paid the trio to rewrite and re-film it in December 2014. In February 2015, the network announced they were ordering 10 episodes of the series, which aired in 2015. It was renewed for a 10-episode second season, which aired in 2016.[10]

The Narrators[edit]

In 2010 Orvedahl created the storytelling show The Narrators, a live performance of true stories based around a selected theme as told by musicians, comedians, actors, and writers, which he hosts monthly at Buntport Theatre in Denver.[11] The Narrators podcast highlights select stories, capturing the live performances, sponsored by comedy collective Sexpot Comedy.

The Unicorn[edit]

In 2013, Orvedahl created The Unicorn podcast, with co-host Talitha and producer Ron Doyle. The show features a special guest comedian, and the group discusses sex and relationships. Past guests have included Kyle Kinane, Cameron Esposito, and Ben Kronberg.


In 2012, Orvedahl won a MasterMinds award from Westword—a grant program honoring artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape.[12] In December 2013, Time Out New York voted Orvedahl's album Hit The Dick Lights as one of the top 10 comedy albums of 2013.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Orvedahl was born and raised in Denver, and attended Heritage High School. Though he has moved around the country, living in New York City, Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Los Angeles,[1] he returned to Colorado and currently lives in Denver. Orvedahl has one daughter, Amelia, who co-stars in her own online cooking show called The Barefoots—Orvedahl serves as director, cinematographer and film editor.[14]


  • Andy Makes 15 of His 22 Friends Laugh
  • Hit The Dick Lights


  1. ^ a b "Adam Cayton-Holland And Andrew Orvedahl, Denver Stand-Ups, Talk New Comedy Albums, Those Who Can't' Pilot". Huffington Post. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  2. ^ "The Grawlix and the Nix Bros. Team Up For Hilarious 'Behind The Scenes' Denver Comedy Web Series". Huffington Post. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  3. ^ Ferner, Matt (May 13, 2013). "Adam Cayton-Holland And Andrew Orvedahl, Denver Stand-Ups, Talk New Comedy Albums, 'Those Who Can't' Pilot". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Wenzel, John (March 17, 2011). "Why So Serious, Andrew Orvedahl?". Reverb. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Evans, Bradford (July 23, 2013). "Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2013 New Faces". SplitSider. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Adam Cayton-Holland, I Don't Know If I Happy Andrew Orvedahl, Hit the Dick Lights Greater Than Collective". The Spit Take. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  7. ^ Brown, Alex (October 13, 2014). "Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, October 13–16". Westword. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Wenzel, John (January 6, 2011). "Brains behind "Los Comicos" launch new comedy show at Avenue Theater". Reverb. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Hesse, Josiah (February 20, 2013). "Even sobriety can't tame comedian Ben Roy's savage humor". Westword. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Graham, Byron (March 9, 2015). "Ben Roy on Those Who Can't, His New Album and Leaving Denver". Westword. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Funny or sad, we all have a story". 9News Colorado. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  12. ^ Calhoun, Patricia (February 20, 2012). "MasterMind Awards honor our eighth class of artistic entrepreneurs". Westword. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  13. ^ "Best comedy specials of 2013". Time Out New York. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  14. ^ Rusch, Emilie (August 20, 2014). "Denver kids star in "The Barefoots" online cooking show, with a little help from Dad". Denver Post. Retrieved October 13, 2014.

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