Ten best comedy events in Denver in February
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February is winter's death rattle. The roads are sludgy, the calendar is wonky, and there's nothing to look forward to except Valentine's Day --which can often seem more of a solemn obligation than a holiday, anyway. Fortunately, a diverse range of comedy events should light up the otherwise bleak February entertainment landscape: comedian-produced shows with gross names like Tongue Stuff and Tits & Giggles; veteran acts like Paul Mooney, Norm MacDonald and Jeff Ross; and even the spectator sport of Olympics for Weirdos. In short, plenty of ways to keep you laughing until the sun comes back.
10. Rain Pryor Herman's Hideaway February 28
Though she's the progeny of comedy royalty, Rain Pryor doesn't live in the shadow of her famous father. She served as artistic director of the Strand Theater Company in Baltimore, created and starred in the solo show Fried Chicken and Latkes, and headlined across the country as a standup comic in her own right. Now adding Denver to her itinerary, Pryor is headlining Tits & Giggles, a 4/20-friendly comedy burlesque showcase hosted by Chris Carlton and Cameron Vs. Humanity. The show will also feature comedian Brent Gill, music from Ultra Sex Laser, Unique Henderson, and Big N Low, as well as burlesque from Triple D Debauchery.
9. Tongue Stuff featuring Ben Kronberg Rhinoceropolis
Among the many casualties of DIY performance space Mouth House shutting down a few months ago was chaotic showcase Tongue Stuff; like many of Mouth's lovably crusty residents, it was left without a special place to do its weird thing. Fortunately, when we say that Tongue Stuff returned last month at Rhinoceropolis, we're talking about an independent comedy show and not a fungal outbreak. For February, host and organizer Connor Marshall has booked an enviably solid lineup with jokes from local champs Matt Wayman, Kevin O'Brien, Jim Hickox, Nathan Lund, Bobby Crane and special guest headliner, the prodigal Ben Kronberg, recently seen on Comedy Central's Half Hour and John Oliver's New York Standup Show.
The show starts around 10 p.m.on Saturday, February 15th at Rhinoceropolis. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
8. Movie Interruption presents Pretty Woman February 13 Alamo Drafthouse
February is a notoriously barren month for new movie releases. Studios have a long tradition of unloading their substandard film-like products in the nether region between prestige cinema and Hollywood blockbuster filmgoing seasons. Luckily for Denver-area cinephiles who enjoy a little snark in their lark, the ongoing Movie Interruption signature series has recruited all three Grawlix members to unite with host Harrison Rains in mockery of Pretty Woman this Valentine's Day eve at the Alamo Drafthouse. There a few worthier riff targets Pretty Woman, a quintessential artifact of '80s moral vacancy whose nostalgia eclipses how truly objectionable it is.
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