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Laughter in the Valley

by Karel Ancona-Henry, Staff Writer

After bringing laughter to the Carson Valley and the Carson Valley Inn the past 10 years, times are changing and comedienne Kat Simmons is answering the call to do other things.

“(No longer doing the show) is the hardest thing,” Said a tearful Simmons during a recent interview. “I love my audiences, they’re like a family.”

When Simmons started Comedy Night, the Valley, she said, “screamed out for clean comedy.”

And while she made a name locally for herself producing, hosting and performing in those shows, it was the performances with the parental advisory posted on them that drew the biggest crowds.

“I have larned that you can’t play it safe,” she said. “Not in life and not in this business.”

So, after the last regularly scheduled Comedy Night which takes place Saturday at Carson Valley Inn, Simmons will focus on her one-woman show, “It’s Not About the Banana,” a “psychomedy” about male/female relationships and what makes them work. Or not.

“It will be nice to perform comedy that makes a point, that allows me to become more of a teacher,” she said. “I enjoy it when I see people benefitting from what I’ve learned.”

Simmons recently performed a private show at the Peppermill, where there were about 30 “married couples, really drunk couples in the audience.

“When the show started these couples were sitting apart from each other and by the time I finished they were laughing, leaning toward each other and had their arms around one another.

“So I see myself doing motivational speaking, teaching and inspiring,” Simmons said. “And I’ve already got this vehicle of comedy to put it all in.”

The only thing more rewarding than being on stage, Simmons said, is producing a show.

“It’s great to stand in the back, in the dark, watching the show go off and having an audience laugh,” she said. “And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all the people who have come to the show for 10 years — people that came to every show, many who drove from Reno; amazing.”

Simmons will continue teaching Kokopelli Kids, for 6 to 11 children through the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department. The newset session begins Jan. 6 and continues through June.

She will also teach teen classes at Unity Church of Today Jan. 21 — 25, in Gardnerville. This session culinates in a performance Friday night.

She will also host a special event show, “Three Blonde Moms,” starring Joan Fagan, Feb. 13.

“This is part of the plan to continue comedy at the Carson Valley Inn, perhaps not on a regular basis as we have before,” she said. “The goal is to present bigger and better shows.”

To booking private parties and corporate shows, Simmons can be reached at (775) 265-7647 or on the Web at http://www.katsimmons.com.