For comedians of all backgrounds and experience levels, the quest to write the perfect bit is a lifelong endeavor. Longer than one joke but still typically clocking in at under two minutes, a great bit doesn't just gets laughs, it enters the shared consciousness of the entire audience. Designated Drunkard co-hosts Caitie Hannan and Westword's own Byron Graham pay homage to the art of joke writing with their new showcase, Best Bit Forward, at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway. See twenty of Denver's funniest standups square off on Syntax's stately stage, and text in to vote for your favorite bits. After three rounds, Graham, Hannan and the audience will anoint the winner with a cash prize and the ensuing bragging rights that come from having the best bit in Denver. Visit nightout.com to buy tickets, $5, and learn more.