On tap for the Winterskol 2018 weekend, the Wheeler Opera House will present two exceptional performances from diverse young artists. The Aspen Laugh Festival will present comedian Matt Iseman on Friday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. and acoustic folk quintet Birdtalker on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for Iseman (Wheeler Wins! pricing available) and $28 for Birdtalker (FREE for Wheeler Wins! members—Members must RSVP to get a free ticket) and are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.

Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler states, “The holidays are behind us and we are moving full steam ahead in the new year! We love the Winterskol weekend, and these are two very unique shows by two very unique artists on one weekend with Matt Iseman and Birdtalker. We hope these affordable ticket prices will attract both locals and tourists to the Wheeler. And if you are a local, Birdtalker tickets are free if you’re a member of our Wheeler Wins! program. Can’t beat that! And if you aren’t a member yet, it’s the perfect time to join for us $10!”

“Life is short, do what makes you happy.” That’s the advice that comedian and American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman got from his Dad—a world-renowned physician—when Matt quit medicine to pursue stand up comedy. And those words still guide Iseman today. He talks ninjas, tells jokes around the world and, in general, proves laughter is the best medicine.

Iseman loves hosting American Ninja Warrior, Emmy nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. The Boston Globe said, “The best part about American Ninja Warrior, hands down, is when bro-host Matt Iseman roars the show’s title.” You can also hear that voice as Iseman hosts the spinoff, Team Ninja Warrior, on the Esquire Channel. Iseman has headlined clubs all around the country and done shows for the troops around the globe, including performing in Iraq at one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.

Opening for Iseman is James Austin Johnson. Johnson is an actor and comedian whose credits include FX’s Baskets with Zach Galifianakis, the Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar!, and Adam Ruins Everything for TruTV. He performs standup regularly throughout Los Angeles, including The Meltdown, and at Three Interruptions, a show he runs at the Hollywood Improv. He has performed at numerous festivals throughout the country and will soon be seen on the Lance Bangs directed comedy show Flophouse, premiering later this year from VICELAND. James hails from Nashville, TN, where he started an independent standup show called Corporate Juggernaut, which still exists to this day. He got his start performing as a teen Christian comic, playing youth groups, campus churches, and colleges.

Melding the melodic sense of indie rock with the intimate sound of acoustic folk music, Birdtalker is a Nashville-based group whose won a loyal following for their evocative, organic approach. Birdtalker was formed in 2012 by guitarist and singer Zack Green and his wife, keyboardist and singer Dani Green.

Now, after adding a few friends to the band (including Andy Hubright, Brian Seligman and Jesse Baker), this acoustic folk group’s hope is simply that the more music they write and share, the more true and vulnerable interactions may be born from it. The Greens write songs as a way to share ideas they care about and sentiments they feel deeply.

For more about these and other events at the Wheeler, visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.

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