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 >>
While the UMS weekend was packed with sexy locals flaunting their primal lust for aesthetics and scenester flirting on and off the stage, on Saturday afternoon I was part of a significantly geekier and less arousing event: the UMS Funny Face Off, a panel of comedians debating comedy journalists at M ... More >>
There have been a handful of standup comics with cerebral palsy over the years, but few have transcended the "inspirational" novelty and gone on to achieve legitimate credibility in their field. Not like Denver's Josh Blue, who conquered the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and released his own ... 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 >>
Simon Posford of Shpongle sees the world through a unique creative lens, and he delivers his view with stunning visual imagery soundtracked by ethereal music that speaks to all the senses. This weekend in honor of Earth Day, he's due at Feed the Rocks with Disco Biscuits and RJD2 at Red Rocks, where ... More >>
Time flies when you're flying high, and this year we've managed to stay nice and medicated thanks to more than fifty metro-area medical marijuana dispensaries that we secret-shopped. Here's a look back at the top ten most delicious, potent and appealing strains (and concentrates) we brought home in ... More >>
After weeks of waiting and building social-media buzz, the Golden Goat has finally reopened in the space formerly occupied by Green Door Wellness -- which always looked like a nest of old Deadheads had taken over an abandoned East Colfax building near a grow store and started selling weed out of it. ... More >>
Over his many years as a public (and bespectacled) face, 54-year-old funny man Drew Carey has paid his dues as a Marine, a stand-up comic, a sitcom star, an improv guru and, in his most recent incarnation, the on-air host of The Price Is Right. And on his current tour, Carey will not only offer some ... More >>
Ron White is best known for his appearances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. But his signature cigar, glass of scotch and conversational delivery has made him popular with a wide audience. White uses his personal life and exp ... More >>
On September 24, 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory, a beautiful fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and esoteric lyrics aimed at a new generation of hip-hop. Twenty years later, the album sounds just the same in 2011, as it did, frankly, whenever you heard it. Inspiring such artists ... More >>
It's a pretty sad statement about race in America that every black man in Hollywood except Will Smith and Chris Rock is still somehow required to have a fat, sassy, female alter-ego to periodically provide the machine with a few cheap yuks about -- looka here, kids! -- how black women are, fa ... More >>
Dude, Dave. Chill!Last week, NPR asked listeners to share photos of themselves with favorite musicians. That's a swell idea and all, but we thought that taking the angle of the photobomber would be a more entertaining way to look at pictures of famous people with non-famous people. While there have ... More >>
It's not unusual for musicians to try out acting or vice-versa, but sometimes those roles take unusual turns. Now, with "I Kissed a Girl" songstress Katy Perry (who, interestingly, recently called Lady Gaga's new "Alejandro" video "blasphemous") gearing up to play Smurfette in the upcoming ad ... More >>
Cookbook pairs sweet music with spicy lyrics.
Comedian Chris Rock offers no apologies.
African American Lives 2 remembers America's past.
Steve Schalk's newest project is out of this world.
No wonder all the bees are dying: Seinfeld's movie is embarrassing.
Saturday, August 27, Ogden Theatre, 303-831-2525.
In Madagascar, the wild things romp, then roam.
Food on Film is so much more than popcorn.
Crunk Juice (TVT Records)
The Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap-up.
Five local comics tell all.
Standup overcomes his disability
DJ Musa Bailey
Jamie Kennedy's co-stars steal the show in Malibu's Most Wanted.
Someone must have been, to come up with Bad Company.
He steals Ali, but will Hollywood give Jamie Foxx a shot at the title?
The Farrelly Brothers take a churn for the worse in Osmosis Jones.
Bored? Nurse Betty has the cure.
The Original Kings of Comedy stars some very black humor.
Romeo Must Die packs a Hong-Kong style wallop.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Director Kevin Smith spouts his Dogma.
Ken Hamblin says he's a stranger in his hometown.
Les Nubians explore the arts of song, sisterhood and cultural pride.
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.