MSU Denver '08
Laugh-maker. Litigator. Roadrunner.
Troy Walker has a great job: He makes people laugh.
The MSU Denver alum is a star stand-up comedian and budding actor.
Walker got started with comedy around the age of 10, when he’d re-enact scenes from “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” [the 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey]. By his junior year at Denver’s South High School, he was serious enough to call local comedy clubs and offer his services.
“They said I had to be 21, so the dream was deferred for a while.”
Deferred maybe, but the 2008 political science graduate says his time at MSU Denver helped cement his comedy career. For starters, the University was downtown – the comedy scene only a stone’s throw away.
“I started doing stand-up as a junior at MSU Denver, in the heart of the city’s comedy scene,” he says. “This is where it started for me, and I never stopped.”
What’s more, MSU Denver also helped Walker build the foundation for one heck of a backup plan if the comedy thing doesn’t pan out: law.
“I found my academic interests here. I started as a theater major, but switched to political science because it was so interesting. I enjoyed the classes … I had an aptitude for them.”
Walker admits he hadn’t thought about law school until professors started suggesting it. “I came into college as a South High slacker and emerged as a beautiful butterfly with a full-ride scholarship to a great law school at the University of Denver. So, there’s no way I’d be where I am today without MSU Denver. It can take some of the credit or the blame, depending on how you feel about my act.”
Regardless of who likes his act, he loves his life. It’s clearly a fun one.
When he’s not on the comedy stage, he’s trying to get on another stage: the acting kind. He’s been auditioning for the last two years in California and has landed in a PetSmart commercial with actress Jane Lynch. He’s performed stand-up on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and appeared on several cable shows. On the Fusion Network, he played CNN’s host, Don Lemon, in a Trump versus Bernie skit. And he even had his own show that he wrote and starred in on Comedy Central’s Snapchat discover channel.
“But for right now, I’m a full-time comedian,” he says. “No day job. It’s pretty sweet … most days I eat cake for breakfast.”Edit this page