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2013 Stories by Josiah Hesse

Archives: 2014 | 2013 | 2012
  • Heart Warming

    published December 26, 2013

    You want to rest up before New Year’s Eve, but you’re too full of anticipation to endure boredom. So what better way to fill that... More >>

  • Lethal Comedy

    published December 12, 2013

    A generation of comedy nerds has grown up with Mystery Science Theater and DVD commentaries for their favorite films, so it makes sense... More >>

  • Mall Rat

    published December 12, 2013

    Although it began twenty years ago as just another NPR Christmas tale, David Sedaris’s The SantaLand Diaries has become a... More >>

  • Radio Waves

    published December 5, 2013

    “I know nobody listens to my radio show and thinks, ‘You know what this needs? Some dancers,’” says This American... More >>

  • Walk the Talk

    published November 21, 2013

    A Denver theater production that emulates a national TV talk show and is hosted by a Scottish comedian? We’re in. Winnie Wenglewick, the... More >>

  • Taylor Made

    published November 14, 2013

    Need your pants hemmed in a hurry? Get a tailor, swift. As much as we’d like to take credit for this music/fashion pun, it comes to you... More >>

  • Time Warp

    published November 7, 2013

    “You unlock this door with the key of imagination,” began each episode of the iconic Twilight Zone series, with a... More >>

  • Obscene-oween

    published October 24, 2013

    While he’s often referred to as the only gay Republican standup at the Comedy Works, Denver comedian Chuck Roy is also the host of several... More >>

  • A Gay Old Time

    published October 10, 2013

    One of the town’s gayest comedy shows makes a fabulous comeback tonight at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Hosted by Denver’s favorite... More >>

  • Signing On

    published October 3, 2013

    Taking a fresh approach to a familiar story, Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre co-director Nicki Runge has adapted Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over... More >>

  • Colorful Humor

    published October 3, 2013

    “Our family philosophy is don’t get mad, get funny,” says Keenen Ivory Wayans, co-founder and host of In Living... More >>

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    published September 26, 2013

    The Black Power movement is a piece of American history that still strikes fear, anger and misinformation into the hearts of some people. But for... More >>

  • Live Lit

    published September 19, 2013

    The consumption of literature is often a solitary endeavor, so people don’t usually associate books with a night out on the town. But the... More >>

  • Mom-Com

    published September 19, 2013

    Standup comedy isn’t just for freewheeling, up-all-night youngsters with no limits or responsibilities. Sometimes the in-by-ten mommies... More >>

  • Video Vault

    published September 12, 2013

    Culture and technology are splintering in every direction these days, but nothing brings us all back together like our collective memory of VHS... More >>

  • Comic Sense

    published September 12, 2013

    Having just powered through two local festivals within a week of each other, it’s easy for fans to forget that comedy shows exist outside... More >>

  • Turning Frowns Upside Down

    published September 5, 2013

    Mike Birbiglia is one dour clown. As the biggest star to come out of This American Life since David Sedaris, Birbiglia understands... More >>

  • Free and Funny

    published August 29, 2013

    With three comedy festivals lined up in four weeks, laughter conventions are becoming almost as common in the summer months here as music or ganja... More >>

  • Funny Farm

    published August 22, 2013

    Denver has been bursting at the seams with top-shelf comedy talent for the past several years. And so comic (and former Westword staffer)... More >>

  • Pod People

    published August 22, 2013

    Standup comedian Marc Maron said a few years ago that he once planned to kill himself in his garage — and now, in that same garage,... More >>

  • Chimp Change

    published August 1, 2013

    “The Monkees — they were a major influence on the Beatles,” Jim Carrey asserts in Dumb & Dumber, delivering one of... More >>

  • Barr None

    published July 25, 2013

    Known to history for bringing the working-class family into the prime-time sitcom world, Roseanne Barr is an unstoppable icon of... More >>

  • Eye of the Tiger

    published July 4, 2013

    Over the past year, Civilized Living, produced by Fancy Tiger boutique, has established itself as one of the most stylish events of South... More >>

  • OK Composer

    published July 4, 2013

    Critics have often hailed Radiohead’s OK Computer as one of the greatest pieces of popular music of the twentieth century. But how... More >>

  • Comedy Coupling

    published June 27, 2013

    Far from a novelty act or a Smothers Brothers ripoff, twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar have spent the past two decades inventing their... More >>

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