The ten best comedy events in May

Ron White performs at the Temple Buell Theatre on May 17.
Ron White performs at the Temple Buell Theatre on May 17.

Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and Chris Hardwick, a benefit for troubled children, and classy rube Ron White explaining why everyone's a little gay. So lower your defenses and put on your drinking shoes, because May is jam-packed with some hyperventilating hysteria to warm your heart after all those snowy months of hibernation.

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10. D.L. Hughley Oh, yeah, that guy. D.L. Hughley is one of those faces of mainstream comedy that you recognize but often can't place. Outside of appearances on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as guest host on The View and with his short-lived comedy/news show on CNN, Hughley is best known for his role in Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy (the second best-selling standup comedy film of all time, just behind Eddie Murphy's Raw). Mixing sober social commentary with bombastic hilarity, Hughley is a left-leaning voice that has managed to remain relevant in a post-cable news world.

May 24-26, at the Denver Improv. Tickets are $27. Click here for more information.

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9. Ben Roy While both his Grawlix partners will release their debut albums this month, the indomitable Ben Roy has apparently decided to stay one step ahead of his peers by recording his second comedy album in a series of shows at Comedy Works. The subject of our February cover story "Gentle Ben," Roy is a neck-bulging punk-rock comic who will leave you pleasantly exhausted with his social commentaries and self-loathing humor.

May 12, 15 and 19 at Comedy Works. Tickets are $12. Click here for more information.

8. Maria Bamford Known as the squeaky-voiced, depressed cutie from The Comedians of Comedy documentary and her Special Special Special! video -- where she performs for an audience made up solely of her parents on a couch -- Maria Bamford is a unique voice in an era of booming comedy population growth. While perhaps not as intimate as her parents' living room, the Oriental Theater seems like it would be the ideal place to hear this adorably shy comedian cheep her way through some humiliating hilarity.

7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Oriental Theater. Tickets are $20-$25. Click here for more information.

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