The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in June
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June has arrived, and Denver's comedy calendar is full of follies ranging from Saturday Night Live alumni and a comedian supergroup to an improv presidential debate and a comedy festival masterminded by local standups. While the entertainment continues all month long, this June is front-loaded with particularly great comedy shows. Here they are, in chronological order.
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10. The Comedy Get Down Tour
Friday, June 3
The Pepsi Center
Standup comedians rarely become arena-level entertainers, but an event like the Comedy Get Down Tour demands such spacious environs. With a roster boasting a dream team of industry veterans, ticketholders can expect an onslaught of laughter as Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Charlie Murphy and Cedric the Entertainer take the stage. Each of the five headliners has decades of experience laying waste to stages, with starring roles in namesake television series and loyal hordes of underserved fans. No matter what the performance order happens to be, there are no openers here.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission prices start at $52 and vary according to seating; tickets are available through Event Tickets Center.
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9. Darrell Hammond
Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4
Comedy Works South
Darrell Hammond is the elder statesman of Saturday Night Live’s cast of players, with a record-setting fourteen seasons under his belt; he's beloved for his masterful impressions of celebrities and political figures such as Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Donald Trump — a role he reprised this season after a brief hiatus. Hammond, whose natural baritone made him the only suitable replacement for dearly departed announcer Don Pardo, is so well-suited to the rhythms of the sketch show that it’s become difficult to imagine it without him. But in addition to his tenure at SNL, Hammond has appeared in a staggering variety of roles that demonstrate his range as a performer, including recurring parts on Are We There Yet?, Damages and the Scary Movie franchise. He also penned the harrowing memoir God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked, in which the heartbreaking details of his abusive childhood and personal struggles add to the sense of his current triumph as he does a standup tour of the country.
Showtimes are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. on both June 3 and June 4; tickets are $30 and available on the Comedy Works website.
8. Crom West Comedy Festival
Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5
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After making its Denver debut last year, the Crom Comedy Festival is back in the ring and ready to rumble. Co-producers and sporadically Denver-based comics Ian Douglas Terry and Matt Monroe have created Crom's biggest year to date, combing through hours of submission tapes to curate dynamic lineups consisting of only the best local and traveling standups and confronting the ground-level realities of managing shows in Atlanta and Omaha on the two previous weekends. Headliners at this year's Crom West include Denver's own Adam Cayton-Holland, Chris Cubas (@Midnight), Lauren Ashley Bishop (Tosh.0) and alt-comedy darling Chris Gethard. With local showcases like Room Room and Lucha Libre & Laughs folded into the programming, Crom West proudly marks Denver's place in the national comedy landscape.
7. Tony Rock
Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12
The Denver Improv
Tony Rock is a Denver Improv favorite. After launching his career in Amsterdam — away from the considerable shadow of his famous older brother — Rock returned to the states and became a regular at venerated clubs like Caroline's and the Comedy Store. He's appeared on television series such as Battlebots, Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood, and in the films Hitch and Think Like a Man. Rock's effortless likability and relatable jokes make him a perfect fit for the club that's emerged as a true Stapleton staple.
Showtimes are at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Tickets cost $17 from the Denver Improv website.
6. Norm MacDonald
Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11
Comedy Works South
Norm MacDonald is perhaps still best known for his four-year stint on Saturday Night Live. He is a favorite guest on late-night shows, performing the final standup set ever on the Late Show With David Letterman. He's starred in many movies, including the cult classic Dirty Work and a handful of Adam Sandler films, as well as three television series; he became a judge on Last Comic Standing and also portrayed “Colonel Sanders” in an avant-garde series of spots for KFC. As a comic, MacDonald's wooly, halting rhythm and bizarre anti-logic push the boundaries of the standup form in exciting and unpredictable new directions.
Showtimes are at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $38 and available on the Comedy Works website.
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