Andrew Orvedahl

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    October 1, 2014

    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in October

    October is a month for costumed ghouls and seasonal melancholy. As the autumnal leaves drift wanly into the dampened streets and crumble under the indifferent feet of passersby, many listless Denverites may find themselves in dire need of a laugh. Fortunately, this October promises a bountiful giggl ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    George Saunders on Dream Images and Steering Toward the Rapids

    George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short story writers. Winner of the Folio and Pulitzer prizes and been granted. MacArtuthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week to the ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver this July

    July days, with their sweltering afternoons and late evening sunsets, are filled with a kind of sun-dappled shapelessness; days once described by Ada Louise Huxtable as "jeweled balm for the battered spirit." Balming the battered is also a standup comedian's job description, and this month promise ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    May 30, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver in June

    As midsummer approaches at its leisurely flip-flopped gait, comedy fans have a full calendar of laugh appointments ahead. While almost nothing can compete with the natural splendor of a languid June evening spent outdoors in Denver, only a jejune goon would miss out on these fine shows. Besides, at ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this May

    Historically, the arrival of Mayday signaled a call for celebration, for dancing around maypoles and leaving fresh flowers on strangers' doorsteps. This month in Denver, comedy fans find themselves presented with a May Basket full of sun-ripened giggle blossoms to choose from all month long. The Q ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, April 14-17

    Even if you'll have to empty your pockets on tax day, you can fill your calendar with free events this week. Bargain entertainment opportunities include a film at the library, a burlesque celebration of tax day, and an evening of storytelling. Check out the online Westword calendar for more events, ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Andy Thomas on Hell is in New Jersey, Etgar Keret and Shel Silverstein

    Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    February 20, 2014
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    January 3, 2014

    Kayvan Khalatbari bankrolls Denver comedy with marijuana and pizza

    While the national media may know Kayvan Khalatbari as a thirty-year-old wunderkind of cannabis, with a consulting firm that takes him around the country, many in Denver just know him as the guy who pays them to talk on stage. Khalatbari also owns a couple of Sexy Pizza restaurants, and significant ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    The Denver Music Summit kicks off this Friday

    In 2009, a study commissioned by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, introduced Creative Vitality Index (CVI), a metric created by Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to measure our city's cultural viability. Based on Denver's CVI, the study determined the Mile High City was an emerging natio ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 (5 free!) in Denver this weekend, October 11-13

    Halloween is still weeks away, but this weekend we've got some spooky primers, including a haunted walk through Castlewood Canyon and a zombie fashion show. But there are plenty of non-scary parties and art gatherings, too. Below we showcase ten cool things to do this weekend; for many more, check o ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    MCA's Black Sheep Fridays return, throwing together top creative minds in throwdowns

    This Friday, October 11, Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien of the These Things Matter podcast will defend Waiting for Godot as actor Brian Colonna and comedian Andrew Orvedahl bring it for Waiting for Guffman in "Debating for Guffman," the first off-kilter entertainment pairing of the 2013 Black Sheep ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Denver sitcom Those Who Can't may have future on Amazon after all, says Adam Cayton-Holland

    After the pilot's debut, comedians Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl thought their Amazon-produced Grawlix comedy series, Those Who Can't, was dead in the water. While two other shows were picked up, The Grawlix crew heard....nothing. But now Amazon has commissioned the Denver comedy ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 (4 free!) in Denver this weekend, September 27-29

    The Grawlix dudes are back! The Denver comedy trio has been out doing big things on the national stage lately, but tonight, Adam Cayton Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl bring their ridiculous monthly show back to the Denver -- and for a bargain price. If comedy is not your thing, you can also ch ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Ten Denver comedy events to look forward to in October 2013

    With two Halloween events, three filthy shows and three comedy contests, October humor is shaping up to be scary, sexy and heavily competitive. After a summer of record-breaking comedy festivals, you can fall into the autumnal weather with some bone-chilling monologues of creepy copulation with Bob ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013
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    September 13, 2013

    Dave Chappelle's Oddball Comedy Festival postponed due to weather

    No, Chappelle did not get sick of his "Rick James, bitch!" shouting fans and disappear into Morocco. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, scheduled for tonight at Fiddlers Green, has been postponed due to the massive flooding and rainfall that Denver and other cities have endured over the last ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    B-cycles, pot and Comedy Works: A day with Chuck Roy

    He's gay, he's Republican, he's one of Denver's greatest standup comedians. Talk to anyone who's been in the scene for more than a few years, and they'll tell you: Chuck Roy has been instrumental in creating what is now known as Denver comedy. After years spent warming up crowds for Craig Kilborn in ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    New shows: Rusko, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr. and Goblin. Tickets on sale this weekend

    Rusko is making his way back to the Mile High City on the Lift Me Up Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, November 27, with Roni Size and Dynamite MC. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Nerdist's Erotic Fan Fiction leaves Denver filthy with laughter

    Typically found at L.A.'s Nerdist Theater, the Erotic Fan Fiction competition made itself at home at the Bug Theatre last night, dirtying the minds of a roomful of comedy fans with its unsettlingly hilarious mix of pop culture and hardcore pornography. Troy Walker earned himself the top ranking in t ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Become a part of Ben Roy's live recording session tonight at Comedy Works

    Ben Roy has some catching up to do: While his mates in the Grawlix -- Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland -- are both promoting brand-new solo CDs, Roy is still recording his followup to last year's I Got Demons. Tonight at 8 p.m., he'll perform at the second of three dates at Comedy Works devo ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in May

    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 C ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Denver's five best comedy venues

    While it's true that a venue can make or break the show regardless of the talent on stage, this is doubly true with comedy. Location, comfort level, atmosphere, drink prices and, yes, quality of performers all play a large role in whether a comedy fan will Google your location when making Saturday n ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    The ten best comedy shows in April

    As we inch our way toward the glory of summer comedy festivals, Denver has already begun heating up with a variety of shows featuring whip-smart young comics as well as and world-wise icons of days past. We've got a DIY music and comedy festival (with a bouncy castle!), two feature players from Chel ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Chuck Roy on POTroast and his favorite public places to get high

    If you know Denver comedy, you surely know Chuck Roy. The former anchor of the satirical newscast The Crop Report -- an Onion News Network-style series of short sketches on marijuana, Roy is one of the most established names in Denver comedy, hosting an endless rotation of events at Comedy Works (af ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    February 15, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend (3 free!), February 15-17

    Valentine's Day fell on Thursday this year, but some of the love will carry through the weekend. Whether a V-Day-themed roller-skating party is your jam or you're in the mood for a little friendly Vogue-posing competition, there are plenty of parties to choose from across the city -- and none of the ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Adam Cayton-Holland makes his late-night debut on Conan

    After a teaser in which Conan O'Brien plugs his standup guest as Adam Clayton-Holland (a reference to the U2 bass-player that Adam Cayton-Holland is surely used to), Denver's former What's So Funny? columnist was introduced to one million nation-wide fans in his late-night TV debut. Utilizing materi ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Comic Adam Cayton-Holland booked for Conan January 29

    Denver comic and former Westword scribe Adam Cayton-Holland will be making his standup debut on TBS's Conan next Tuesday, January 29. "This is my first appearance on a late-night TV show," Cayton-Holland tells us. "I did a small spot on the TV show Happy Endings, but yeah, in terms of late night and ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, January 14-17

    Just because the temperature's dropping doesn't mean you have to hole up inside and browse the dregs of Netflix for something new on instant watch. We've got three events this week that are definitely worth braving the cold for -- and they're all free. From a Motown night with free fried chicken and ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 31, 2012

    Five choice moments from Denver's standup scene in 2012

    No question, 2012 was the year of the comedian in Denver. A lifelong fan of standup, I've had the pleasure of reporting on some amazing shows this year -- and I'm sharing some of the high points here. Still, I'm sure there's a vast ocean of talent that slipped past me in 2012; feel free to remind ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Get to know Westword's Tom Murphy -- and more! -- at the Onus Spears talk show Rawlitix

    I can vouch for Rawlitix because I was a guest last month, and I had the time of my life. The Denver-centric live talk show conceived and hosted by local funny man and comedy promoter Onus Spears is still finding its legs, but it's a grand idea. Spears focuses on people -- writers, musicians, comics ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 14-16

    Let's face it: winter can be depressing. If the short days and cold weather have you feeling like one of those bummed-out blobs on an antidepressant commercial, don't worry. There's reason -- ten reasons, actually -- to get off the couch and out into the world. From dance parties to an ugly sweater ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Louie C.K.: Five examples of his twisted comic wisdom

    Like Lenny Bruce in the '60s, George Carlin in the '70s or Bill Hicks in the '90s, Louie C.K. could go down as the premier comic of this decade. His standup specials have not only changed the course of comedy material, but have changed the business of stand-up comedy. C.K. will be performing to a so ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Warm Cookies of the Revolution goes global with a letter-writing party in India

    The civic health club Warm Cookies of the Revolution hosted a letter-writing party at Buntport Theater last night, where attendees wrote letters to loved ones, publication editors, and city and state officials. But they weren't the only ones celebrating the holiday season by writing letters. Another ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), December 7-9

    Money troubles? Forget your cares while enjoying some of the bargain entertainment in Denver this weekend. Friday thrugh Sunday are full of interesting events -- everything from watching classic Saturday morning cartoons and local comedy to gazing at dinosaur bones -- and we've found seven great eve ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012
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    May 1, 2012

    Top five sci-fi films according to Dan Landes

    Science fiction isn't for everyone. But those who get it, really get it. "Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture, we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters; we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self confessed sci-fi geek. And this Fri ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, March 30-April 1, 2012

    Just because you're scrambling to get the rent together this weekend doesn't mean you have to stay inside and mope. From a vegan prom to a Mexican wrestling-themed dance party, we've got everything to do this weekend all in one place, and for under $10. So go out and enjoy the sun, check out some of ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    MasterMind Awards honor our eighth class of artistic entrepreneurs

    On Saturday night, Westword introduced the eighth class of MasterMinds -- artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape. Since we started the program, we have given more than $130,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations. The latest winners (click on the link for profiles): M ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, October 14-16, 2011

    Via​It's starting to get a little chilly in the evenings as October begins to push the leaves off the trees, but that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of different activities to keep you busy this weekend on the cheap. We have some great films to check out, art exhibits, plays, free comedy, foo ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Tonight: The Huge Comedy Show brings T.J. Miller, Andrew Orvedahl, hugeness

    Onus Spears: One badass name.​"I don't think in terms of clean or dirty," says comedian and promoter Onus Spears. " I think in terms of funny or not funny." Spears' Huge Comedy Show, which goes down tonight, is definitely poised to be the former. Spears, who put this night together, got his ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, January 28-30, 2011

    ​It's the last Saturday of January, which means, well, absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, but it does mean it's the weekend and that's all that matters. The important thing is you'll have plenty of activities to do on the cheap this weekend; from comedy to art, we've got you cov ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, January 14-16, 2011

    ​For those of us that hate outdoor activities, winter is the best time of year, because most things happen indoors. None of those pesky barbecues or the guilt that comes from sitting inside all day when it's a lovely 80 degrees out. We've got plenty of pleasant indoor activities going on this ... More >>

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    September 16, 2004

    Guy Walks Into a Bar...

    The Lion's Lair celebrates one year of comedy -- sort of

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