By the time August rolls around, summer seems to have lost some of its summery luster. After sweltering in the muggy heat and unexpected downpours for two months, August Schools re-open, attractions close, and Hollywood has already burned through its popcorniest blockbusters. It falls to comedy then ... More >>
Yes, it's true. Over the weekend one of the interchangeable blonde anchors on Fox and Friends reported that, despite the WWII memorial being closed during the government shutdown, "some things are continuing to be funded . . . President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum o ... More >>
Over the weekend both Louis C.K. and Bill Maher dropped some wisdom about how the Internet is draining us of empathy and encouraging a consequence-free environment of cruelty and debasement. After spending the last two weeks whining about homophobic roasts and the irony of "clean comedy", it feels g ... More >>
A wild-mannered legend of comedy history, Jon Lovitz has created a mid-tempo career with roles on The Simpsons and in movies like Casino Jack and Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks since his unforgettable years as a pathological liar and Jewish Santa on Saturday Night Live. Rarely a leading man and at ... More >>
The next four weeks in Denver will see a tsunami of comedy events. There are four killer standups at Comedy Works (Craig Ferguson, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, Kevin Nealon), two comedy festivals (High Plains, Funstival) and the Oddball Comedy Tour (Dave Chapelle, Flight of the Conchords). It's raini ... More >>
Becoming a comedian will get you laid, and becoming an author will get you respect, but from the perspective of a professional audience member like myself, the two really aren't all that different. When I'm doubled over by the lyrical whimsy of local comic Jordan Doll, I could be cracking up over To ... More >>
Comedy festivals are the perfect antidote to a nasty breakup. Not only because laughing activates several different sections of the brain, strengthening neurons that lead to insight and emotional balance, but because so many comedians love to bitch about heartbreak. Like Morrissey records or the fil ... More >>
Best known for his hit Comedy Central show Insomniac, Dave Attell is an all-around beloved character in standup comedy. While often edgy and at times arrogantly confrontational, his razor-sharp wit gives him an everyman-at-the-bar diplomacy. During nearly three decades in the business, Attell has s ... More >>
While many comics will play to their political or cultural bases, Ron White is virtually impossible to pin down to any one audience. First rising to fame through the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, he became a hero to conservatives with his pro-death penalty and ... More >>
Comedy Central's The Jeselnik Offensive ran its fourth episode Tuesday, characteristically taking on the politically sensitive news of the day with an irreverent send-up of Adam Strange, a recent victim of a shark attack in New Zealand. "Was he killed? You bet your sweet ass he was," Jeselnik laughe ... More >>
If you had any doubt that the passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, would turn proponent Mason Tvert into a national figure, look no further than this weekend's episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher, a vocal supporter of marijuana policy reform, devoted seven ... More >>
While Governor John Hickenlooper had a conference call with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to talk about the federal response to the passage Amendment 64, and Mason Tvert, the architect of that victory, was chatting with Bill Maher, hundreds of people gathered in Denver for the National Marijuana ... More >>
Celebrities are speaking out in favor of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, whether it be robocalling Susan Sarandon or the famous folks featured on MarijuanaMajority.com. And they're not alone. Our friends at CelebStoner.com have spent years assembling a roster of the top 54 cel ... More >>
The Book of Mormon may seem gut-bustingly revolutionary, but creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are building on a tradition of god-mocking that is as old as belief itself, Josiah Hesse reveals in his pop-history of religious satire. From Chaucer and Voltaire to Kevin Smith and Bill Maher, comedian ... More >>
"I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America/I am a Mormon, and a Mormon just believes," sings Elder Price in Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic musical, The Book of Mormon. And while the theological irreverence of a song like "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream," or the existential send-up ... More >>
Bill Maher was in town last Friday, sharing observations and the wealth: He donated proceeds from the show to several charities, including the victims of Aurora. But not everyone appreciated the gesture.
We all know him as the witty hybrid of Johnny Carson and George Carlin; the anti-religion, anti-South, pro-drug, pro-leather suit godfather of televised political satire. But did you know that there was once a whole decade where Bill Maher was as cool and relevant as Tim Allen at a Sleigh Bells conc ... More >>
Our latest Comment of the Day comes complete with a video! Yep, Square State's Zappatero reached out to let us know that shmucky Representative Mike Coffman, pilloried by Rachel Maddow and her MSNBC colleagues for his recent birther remarks, was tattooed again over the weekend by Bill Maher. The HBO ... More >>
It's unfortunate that so many people assume that U.K. punk was all about politics. When Bill Maher interviewed Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong on his show Real Time with Bill Maher last year, he questioned the singer's punk credibility for working to help elect Barack Obama in 2008, referring to Th ... More >>
Our post about HBO yakker Bill Maher's Twitter jihad against Tim Tebow revved up the faithful and the doubters alike -- including David Brensilver of The Daily Maul, a site "where there's always blood in the water." Here, he opens up a vein about the Chosen One.
Three games ago, Tim Tebow's streak of late-game miracles looked bound for legend. Now, even true believers are left to wonder if his success was a mirage. No wonder comedian Bill Maher has been kicking the Chosen One when he's down -- on one knee, and on the scoreboard.
Food scribe, nomad, caustic tongue wagger and self-proclaimed "bad boy" Anthony Bourdain is never -- never -- at a loss for words, but back in August, when he was a guest on Real Time will Bill Maher, Bourdain dropped an extra special zinger when Maher asked him which he preferred: a great me ... More >>
Sozz only looks sweet and non-threatening...Mistress Saskia, Denver's premiere dominatrix, is headmistress of Pavlovia Denver, a house of professional domination where she trains apprentice dominants, teaches private lessons for singles and couples and offers such delightful and demented serv ... More >>
Last week someone forwarded me this video of a contestant on Family Feud correctly guessing "a joint" would be an answer to the question: "what is something people pass around?" Host Steve Harvey's hysterically ignorant reaction to just how popular marijuana is makes the video. Below are four other ... More >>
Lisa Kennedy. The downsizing of newspaper staffs has decimated the ranks of locally based film reviewers across the country, Denver included. Neither the Rocky Mountain News nor Westword currently use area scribes to analyze flicks, meaning that the Denver Post's Lisa Kennedy is the last fulltime ... More >>
Bill Maher takes the Paramount Theatre stage.
Cookbook pairs sweet music with spicy lyrics.
Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week
From the week of September 7, 2006
Landscape paintings and photos are at Robischon, while art and architecture make the news.
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Bolder in Boulder
The Thong Show
State of infamy
In comedy--and comebacks--it's all about the timing.
Maher keeps on joking
The TV star, the fortune-teller, the gun-toting miner and Captain Ecology: Meet the loopy cast of characters feuding over a tiny Colorado gold mine.