Queen City Sketch spotlights female voices in comedy
Like many creative people, Rebecca Gholson can find inspiration even in the strangest places. Back on International Women’s Day 2021, she found it in Queen Elizabeth’s mask which she proudly displays on her desk.
“I have it on my desk because it makes me laugh,” Gholson explained. “One day I was sitting there trying to come up with a name. I looked at it and thought, ‘Denver is the queen city of the west.’
Thereby, Queen’s City Sketch was born.
“We were all joking about something said in class in a private conversation and we realized we had the same sense of humor,” Gholson said.
After three months of meeting virtually, the trio finally met in person to officially form Queen City Sketch, a concept that, for Gholson, took years to develop. Having worked as an actor in Denver for 10 years, Gholson was inspired to pursue comedy after falling down a Judd Apatow rabbit hole.
“I liked the daily life of [Apatow’s movies], that every person could have a moment,” Gholson said. “I realized that it was much more than me than serious theatre. It evolved over time from an interest in performing to an interest in performing to make me laugh.
Gholson decided to try his hand at comedy writing, starting with a comic adaptation of Shakespeare. A lot of noise for nothing. From there, she collaborated with future business partner Scott on creating sketches for their studio. However, their team wouldn’t be complete until the addition of Millerson, a trained actor who was also just getting into the comedy scene.
“I was a total theater kid growing up. I did musical theater in college and then children’s theater right out of college,” Millerson said. “I started taking improvisation lessons at ASCEND… I kept falling in love with acting, even taking improv classes online. The sketch is all stories, it’s about telling a story well done, what we do in the theater. It translates pretty well to comedy.
The trio began meeting every Sunday, pitching and collaborating on sketch ideas inspired by their daily lives.
“I was babysitting this wonderful pair of twins learning at home. I kept thinking their teacher was such a saint because if I was doing an apprenticeship at home, I’d need to sneak a flask in. I would never make it,” Millerson said.
This idea would become the first episode of their first season – Home learning. After premiering on YouTube on March 8, the release celebrated both International Women’s Day and Queen City Sketch’s first anniversary. With the addition of the producer Kim Greenwell and sound engineer Breanna AhlgrenQueen City has created a female-focused comedy powerhouse in a male-dominated industry.
“We want to highlight women and non-binary people, but we take all the grounds. I really think comedy needs voices that aren’t just specifically male,” Gholson said.
With four episodes released and more to come, Queen City Sketch shines a light on the humor found every day – from yoga at 4 a.m. to your hot dentist appointment twice a year. They also release bonus content through their Patreon, a way for fans to support the local band.
But aside from their hilarious collaborations, what’s most notable is each member’s effort to uplift others. Gholson and Millerson made sure to rate each member of the Queen City Sketch team, acknowledging the group collaboration that makes things happen and ultimately motivating each other to succeed.
“I really believe in what we’re doing,” Gholson said. “If we can have a few seasons there, I would love to end up on a streaming service. But my ultimate goal with this project is that I just want my friends to be employed in the industry that they love. either with Queen City Sketch or with someone else, I don’t care. I just want them to be happy and in their industry. We all have day jobs in something else, but we want to work on the industry that drives us.
Rarely found in the entertainment industry, Queen City Sketch is a group of women who lift women up and have a lot of laughs along the way.
Queen City Sketch is a Denver-based sketch comedy group. The first season of their show was released on Youtube March 8, with more episodes to come. For more information, visit their website or follow them on instagram.