Chris Charpentier

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    November 27, 2014

    10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (7 Free!), November 28-30

    Show and Tell is taking today off -- as you no doubt are. But the fun won't stop after you're done feasting. When you're not chatting with your relatives or sneaking off to party in the woods with your old high school buddies, there's plenty to do around town this weekend, including making new frien ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kristin Rand

    #51: Kristin Rand Kristin Rand is one of Denver's funniest people. You can catch her in the act at comedy nights and clubs all over town, because she's also a hardworking gal. Your best bets include Moxie!, her monthly sketch revue with fellow comic Mara Wiles at Syntax Physic Opera, and the Greate ... More >>

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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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    October 1, 2014

    Cabal Takes Over the Concoctory This Weekend

    "The mindset of punk rockers, artists, hackers -- it all boils down to the same thing: Critical thinking," says Concoctory founder Mar Williams. Her hackerspace recently fused with Cabal Enterprises, a nine-person art cooperative supplying South Broadway with hyper-local art, creativity, and DIY, wh ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Playbill: New Plays and Performances in Denver for September 18-21

    In a week marked by openings both splashy and diverse, from the heartbreakingly beautiful equestrian cirque Odysseo to the marathon Boulder International Fringe Festival, which brings indie performances from around the world, you can also catch an evening of colorful East Indian dance, a naughty ni ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Matt Monroe on the second anniversary of Propaganda!, Denver's Best Comedy Night

    Comedy shows come and go all the time, usually whimpering out of existence after a few ignominious months of effort. So when a show reaches its second anniversary, it's truly something to celebrate. Comedy fans can help ring in the anniversary this year on July 27th atIntroducing Open Music Sessions, a live video series featuring excellent bands of all genres

    Backbeat's goal has always been to get more people involved in the Denver music scene and to give the people who already are some things to think about or laugh about or generally just spend time with. That mission has evolved over the years as our resources have, and starting today we're joining ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, April 21-24

    If you're emerging from the 4/20 haze without much cash, we've got you covered. You can learn to knit, watch a cartoon and comedy show, or visit the springtime flowers at the Denver Botanic Gardens all for free this week. Know of other bargains? Share them in our comments section below, and check ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), March 14-16

    This weekend, the city will be overflowing with green beer and folks decked out in green from head-to-toe. But if the Irish holiday isn't your cup of tea, er, beer, we've rounded up some equally exciting alternatives. From a dark side of Mardi Gras celebration to a comedic argument that pits chip lo ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this January

    Any Denverite whose New Year's resolution was to laugh more has both admirably modest ambitions and a bounty of entertainment options this January. If you didn't resolve to laugh more, do it retroactively because achievable goals build confidence. With exciting developments from Denver's two favorit ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    FRI | ONEREPUBLIC'S DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS at OGDEN | 12/20 Over the last few years OneRepublic has made its acoustic Christmas shows an annual event that helps local charities. This year's show, which also features Gungor, is a benefit for Colorado flood relief. VIP ticket includes ticket to the ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, December 9-12

    The temperature's rising -- but the cost of some of the best events in town won't go about zero this week. See the mummies at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, catch a dance show and laugh at live comedy -- without having to spend a cent. Did we miss a bargain? Let us know in the comments secti ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Ten best comedy events in Denver in December

    This holiday season, the heathen's tree of Denver comedy is stocked with gifts for every kind of chuckle fan. Denver and its surrounding area are blessed this December with a live paranormal podcast recording, a rare post-90s Bill Bellamy sighting, a visit from High Times 2009 Stoner of the Year, fa ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Arguments and Grievances celebrates three years of competitive trash talking Sunday

    Trends in comedy come and go, but there's something classic about Kevin O'Brien's monthly Arguments and Grievances night. The simple twist of pitting local comics against one another for debates on inconsequential themes -- which garnered a Best of Denver award this year from Westword -- has been wo ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Comedian Ian Douglas Terry on Game of Thrones and dragon nerdery

    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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    September 19, 2013

    Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords get weird at Fiddler's Green

    If 1967 was the summer of love, then 2013 was definitely the summer of laughter -- at least in Denver. After absorbing three comedy festivals in four weeks, there must have been a lot of chuckle-trimmed abs that got another workout last night. Because closing out this season of the wit was Dave Chap ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Total Ghost on what snorting astroid dust is like

    Every band is, to some degree, essentially a mask of theatrics in which you play a character that is not really yourself. But for Denver's Euro-trash, synth-dance duo, Total Ghost, the act is one hundred percent comedic lies. Chön and Biktor, a pair of rude, vain, indulgent citizens of Berlin (or s ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Too Much Funstival drunkenly presented Denver comedy with a gift

    While last week's High Plains Comedy Festival was a tightly run ship that set sail to introduce the world to the Denver comedy scene, this weekend's Too Much Funstival was a sloppy drunken kiss on the lips to this city's funny fans, an incredibly loose bacchanal of free food, booze, entertainment, a ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Getting stoned with comedian Sam Tallent

    The members of the Fine Gentleman's Club make no secret about how much they love getting high. Over the last year, some of us at Westword have had a lot of fun smoking up with comedians and musicians and asking them oddball questions that have nothing to do with anything important. In the course of ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013
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    August 15, 2013
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    August 2, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), August 2-4

    August is all about summer fun, and there's plenty of fun to be had this weekend without digging too deep in your pockets. Celebrate the first weekend of the month with outdoor movies, a laser show under the stars, and tons of other cheap happenings. For more events, visit the Westword calendar, and ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Comedian Sam Tallent to teach improv class at Deer Pile on Sunday

    Denver comedian Sam Tallent has been a rising star in the standup scene over the last few years, hosting The Squire open mic and performing as part of the Fine Gentleman's Club at the comedy quartet's wildly popular Wednesday night show, Too Much Fun. Still, many fans may not know that Tallent's tal ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in Denver in July

    With two all-female shows, two very masculine comics and two actors from Back to the Future, July will serve up a buffet of comedy with something to suit almost any laughter palate. The squeaky-clean comedy of John Crist will satisfy those looking for less spicy options options, while the Fine Gentl ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Comedian Rusty Z discusses his history in hypnotism -- and puts me under

    Comedian Rusty Z has hypnotized tens of thousands of people over the last fifteen years. So when I was talking to him about his Comedy Works South shows this weekend and then asked him to hypnotize me, it was nothing out of the ordinary. For him, at least. I had never been hypnotized before. And wh ... More >>

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    June 1, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in June

    June is jam-packed with a lineup of comedy events so eclectic, you're sure to find something to tickle your funny bone. There are podcasters and Pride festers, twins and Too Much Fun, He-Man and many giggle-worthy performances that your calendar will be bursting with snickers. Keep ... 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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    March 18, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, March 18-21

    Although St. Patrick's Day is over, the partying doesn't have to stop. This week, you can see a documentary about ending poverty, catch a sketch comedy show, or participate in a community scrapbooking project (and eat cookies). And all of these events are free, so you won't have to shell out any gre ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    A guide to DIY comedy tours with the Fine Gentleman's Club

    Interstate comedy tours have typically been the métier of famous names capable of drawing big crowds and veterans of the club circuit. Many obstacles stand in the way of aspiring comedians eager to earn their living on the road, from bookers who are unwilling to take a chance on an unknown commodit ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Win tickets to Artopia 2013

    This year's edition of Artopia is just over a month away. The lineup is pretty stacked, with Wheelchair Sports Camp, Hearts In Space, Kitty Crimes, In the Whale and a ton of other acts on the bill, alongside a serious batch of artists, poets, dancers, videographers and comedians that are slated to s ... 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 26, 2012

    Let the Fine Gentleman's Club help you get through the rest of 2012 in fine style

    Think there's no fun to be had until New Year's Eve? Think again. Sam Tallent, Nathan Lund, Chris Charpentier and Bobby Crane of the Fine Gentleman's Club are working through the holidays, and their weekly Too Much Fun comedy show at the Deer Pile will roll like clockwork tonight at 10 p.m. See al ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 21-23

    Yeah, the world might end tonight. But just in case it doesn't, hold onto some of your cash, rather than ending up like one of Harold Camping's followers. Because there will be plenty of ways to spend it this weekend in Denver, where bargain activities include skating at a roller disco, dancing away ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 18, 2012

    Getting stoned with comedian Chris Charpentier

    Few conversations reach the caliber of weirdness as ones that involve marijuana, entertainers and a tape recorder. And now that Amendment 64 has turned the ritual of pot-smoking into as normal a social custom as Sunday afternoon football, we at Westword have begun spending time with our favorite Den ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, December 10-13

    Now that heating bills across the state are going up, it's tempting to stay inside and stay warm while staring at your empty wallet. But that's boring! There's tons to do in Denver that's completely free, so you won't have to feel Scrooge-like with your thermostat. This week, for example, you can se ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 30, 2012

    Fine Gentleman's Club to record album at Comedy Works on Halloween

    Known for their wild, unpredictable comedy nights at Deer Pile, as well as several open mics around town, the Fine Gentleman's Club comedy co-op will attempt to put chaos to order on Halloween, when they record a live album at Comedy Works. "One of my favorite comedy albums, Dave Attell's Skanks for ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 21, 2012

    Too Much Funstival comedians on how Denver's scene has evolved

    "When I started doing comedy in Denver, there were about two open mikes a week and one alt show a month," says Bobby Crane, a member of the Fine Gentleman's Club. "And now there's more than one open mike every night of the week and three or four alt shows a month that are really good. I'd say in the ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Eleven memorable lines from the Laugh Track Comedy Festival

    The Laugh Track Comedy Festival had a strong debut last night at the Bug Theatre, featuring eleven local and out-of-state comics that slaughtered the audience with a blend of hyper self-loathing and irreverent politics. The festival continues through Saturday nigh, delivering a seemingly endless la ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Evan Nix's top picks for the Laugh Track Comedy Festival

    The Laugh Track Comedy Festival will descend on Denver tonight, bringing three days of comedy performers and films that are sure to make your sides split. To help you navigate the thirty short films and over forty comedians, festival co-director Evan Nix sent us his top ten picks of events not to mi ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Sam Tallent talks about his comedy mixtape Joke Life, and his Fine Gentleman's Club

    Sam Tallent gave up the daily grind four years ago to focus on comedy. A full-time comedian since that jump-off, Tallent co-founded the Fine Gentleman's Club comedy troupe, a group that offers its Too Much Fun show every Wednesday night at the Deer Pile community space above City, O' City. In additi ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    The best jokes, by comedian, of Comedy Works' Funny Final Four

    Jodee Champion opens the show.​It opened with a differently-abled World of Warcraft avatar and ended with fat-kid pedophilia, and there was an impressive amount of homeless people in between. Needless to say, then, the Funny Final Four at Comedy Works downtown got off to an excellent start las ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    New Year's Eve 2011 Denver: ten best comedy events

    ​Some people go for the punch on New Year's Eve. Others go for the punchlines. If you want to laugh your way into 2012, here's the rundown on the ten best comedy events December 31:

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    November 8, 2011

    The Nix Bros. on comedy, short films and what funny really means

    ​This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene. The Nix Bros. have been busy the last few years doling out comedy films of all shapes and sizes, from the patently absurd Rainbow Chasers, to the music ridiculo ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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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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