The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in December
Whether you've been staunchly making merry since Halloween or crankily sneer at holiday cheer each year, December is unquestionably dominated by its traditions -- driven by consumerism, religiosity and compulsory family bonding. This year, amid economic anxiety, polar vortexes and heartbreaking news reports, people might find themselves in dire need of a laugh. And while Entertainment is usually an afterthought in December, typically limited to agreeably mediocre Hollywood spectacles, Denver comedy bundles up and trudges on through the month. While we may have fewer high-profile visitors than during last month's banner programming calendar, we have a proliferation of locally-produced showcases that run the giggle gamut, including two live sketch comedy shows, on-the-rise comics and international TV stars with a devoted cult following. So brave the polar vortex and take a break from the seasonal doldrums at one of our top ten comedy shows, listed in chronological order.
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10) The Trailer Park Boys Tuesday, December 2 Bellco Theatre
The Trailer Park Boys are a cultural institution in their native Nova Scotia, and enjoy a cult following of stateside stoners and ne'er-do-wells. Their mocumentary-style television show has endured for nine seasons on various stations (including its current home, Netflix); they've also spun it off into over four movies, including 2014's The Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It. The trio of protagonists -- Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) -- have also toured extensively together and documented their experience in concert films like Live in Fuckin' Dublin. Denver, with its relaxed cannabis policies and general social politesse, is like America's Canada in many ways, so the Trailer Park Boys should feel right at home in the stony embrace of their local fanbase.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from here; prices vary according to seating.
9) Nate Bargatze December 3-6 Comedy Works Downtown
Nate Bargatze has been on the cusp of stardom for a few years now. For a comic whose fanbase includes such luminaries as Marc Maron, Bargatze's act is much more approachable than his comic's comic reputation might suggest. Affable and generally TV-clean, Bargatze has a playfully dark sensibility that's buoyed by the innate comic timing of a Southern accent. He's appeared on Conan, Maron and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, who also featured Bargatze on his Clean Cut Comedy Tour. His debut album, Yelled at by a Clown, made it to the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts, and he's toured extensively with the USO, performing for deployed troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Bargatze has already endeared himself to Denver crowds with a strong showing on last year's High Plains Comedy Festival. (Check back with Show and Tell early next week for a full interview with Bargatze.)
Check the Comedy Works website for showtimes and tickets.
8) The Agency Thursday, December 4 Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
The Agency is a sketch-comedy group comprised of fledgling Denver standups Corey Rhoads, Robert Abbot, Matt Wayman and Walter Booth. After making a smashing debut last month, the Agency fellas have landed a regular show at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse on Thursday nights. In addition to writing and performing a new live sketch each week, they'll also be producing a new video sketch for each show. This week's episode also features drop-in improv from The Chronicles of Ace Windu and Groptimus Prime (Asa Erlendsen and Chris Gropp) and an appropriately sketchy headliner in Sam Tallent.
The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5 at the door and $3 through the Voodoo website.
7) Christopher Titus December 4-6 Comedy Works South
Christopher Titus is a singular voice in standup comedy, with a unique style and profound personal connection to his fans. Titus stood out early on with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Premium Blend, and managed to turn his one-man show, Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, into the eponymous sitcom Titus, which ran from 2000 to 2002 on Fox until it was cancelled following a dispute with executives. Titus remained prolific in the aftermath, releasing standup specials The Fifth Annual End of the World Tour, Love is Evol, Neverlution and The Voice in My Head in the space of a few years. He now co-hosts the Titus Podcast and is working to fund a movie called Special Unit, co-starring Denver's own Josh Blue, as well as gearing up for his next special, The Angry Pursuit of Happiness and fulfilling hosting duties on the History Channel's Pawnography.
Go to the Comedy Works website for showtimes and tickets.
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