Launched four years ago as an indie, scrappy, weird and witty counterpart to the mainstream-comedy scene in Denver, Onus Spears' Huge Comedy Show allowed clever voices to be heard by new audiences seeking artistry and connection. It was also hilarious -- and a hit series was born. "It's no longer necessary to entice a generation with cheap drinks to go see comedy," says Spears, who studied the open-mike culture in New York City before returning to Denver with his vision intact. "My goal as a promoter has always been to provide a space for individuals to be individuals within a group, and to push the limits of their expression."
Spears's Huge Comedy Show series returns tonight to the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue, with affable headliner Ron Funches, who charms with slow, professorial observations on fatherhood, pop culture and the differences between Chicago and his adopted home town of Portland. The show also features Denver comics in various stages of breakout, including Grawlix co-founder Adam Cayton-Holland, Chris Carpentier of the Fine Gentleman's Club and relative newcomer Michael Carter. Wheelchair Sports Camp gets things rolling at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 720-420-0030 for more information.
Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., 2012