#53: Kevin O'Brien A fixture in the local standup scene, Kevin O'Brien takes that scene a step or two forward every time he takes the mic. He's also served as the host of Arguments and Grievances, one of Denver's cleverest comedy nights, for nearly four years, and with fellow pop-culture aficionado ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Andy Haynes is a veteran of several standup scenes, moving from Washington D.C. to Seattle, then from New York to Los Angeles, cultivating his sharp joke-telling style and putting in strong appearances on Conan and the Comedy Central Half Hour. Haynes is also known for his Midnight ... More >>
Chris Fairbanks is a standup comedian, illustrator, and skateboarder who has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Fairbanks is making the most out of his trip to Denver, with performances scheduled every night. On thursday the 20th, Fa ... More >>
As the arrival of spring melts away the remaining sludge of the February doldrums, comedy blooms anew in Denver this March. With visits from veteran standups, hilarious newcomers, and a chance to see the stars of two of TV's funniest sketch comedy series in person, Denver has a vast and crowded fiel ... More >>
Editor's note: William Breathes is on paternity leave. His 4:20 p.m. Thursday dispensary reviews will return soon. In the meantime, here's one of his greatest hits: the top five questions Facebook and Twitter pals asked after being featured in a 2010 CNN profile on view below. The calls and texts s ... More >>
Beth Stelling is a Los Angeles based comedian who has appeared on Conan, and recently won the internet on Comedy Central's @Midnight. Her debut album Sweet Beth is available from Rooftop Comedy. Stelling, who cut her teeth in Chicago's vib ... More >>
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 >>
On Saturday night Conan O'Brien took on hosting duties for the second time since 1995 at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, and apparently his years on network television have not affected his ability to skewer politicians and pundits with some unrelenting jabs at the most sensitive news ... More >>
With prime slots at this year's Coachella and millions of YouTube views, Alt-J is one of the hottest emerging acts in the country right now. Touring in support of its latest effort, The Lateness of the Hour, the U.K.-based folk-rock quartet is due to play a sold-out show at the Bluebird this week, w ... More >>
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 >>
Westword was only a few years old when a housewife who lived in a mobile home in Commerce City told us she wanted to write a humor column for the paper. We declined the offer: She wasn't funny, we said. That housewife soon became known around the world as Roseanne, who still isn't very funny. But Ad ... More >>
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 >>
The great thing about Halloween falling on a week day is that it means there will be parties on both of the surrounding weekends. The fun kicks off tonight, and there are plenty of inexpensive events to enjoy -- everything costume parties to pet-costume parties to a chance to be an amateur sleuth. A ... More >>
I've never played Draw Something for the same reason I've never tried cocaine: I know that if I did, I would become immediately addicted, drop out of society and ruin what's left of my life. If you're not familiar with Draw Something, it's an app that, according to the App Store, is "the most popul ... More >>
Comic Kevin Nealon shared a funny bit on Conan O'Brien's show (H/T Denver Egotist) about Copper Mountain. Nealon says he'd forgotten about ski run ratings like Black Diamond when a local talked about how "the blacks" at Copper can be fun, but they'll beat you up -- and they're all over the mountain ... More >>
"Man, I used to really love that song until it got played to death!" How many times have you heard somebody say that? It's a legitimate gripe, especially if you work in place where the radio is played day and night. You inevitably suffer hearing the same goddamn songs hundreds of times a day. It's e ... More >>
In his comedy act, Anthony Jeselnik plays the asshole, cracking dark, arrogant, and hilarious one-liners. The persona has gotten him far; Jeselnik is now a prominent figure on Comedy Central's roasts, has a successful stand-up career, and is in development for a television show on the same network. ... More >>
Back in June, we spoke with once-and-future Colorado Public Radio staffer Mike Flanagan about the impending debut of a new indie-rock station at 1340 AM. At 6 a.m. this morning, the outlet, dubbed Open Air, made its bow, and while it's clearly in soft-launch/preview mode at this writing, the messag ... More >>
If you know retro -- and particularly mid-century -- you know retro geek Charles Phoenix, a child of the endless car lots and fast food restaurants of Southern California who is famous across the nation for his mid-mod slide shows and modernist expertise. And you might even know about his sid ... More >>
There's something to be said about being in the right place at the right time, especially in show business. Just ask Jimmy Pardo, host of the highly successful podcast Never Not Funny. "I was ahead of the curve, when nobody knew what podcasting was," he explains via cellphone from a carwash s ... More >>
By now, you've heard "Friday," right, that horrendous Rebecca Black song? Although we firmly believe it is an abomination, we are super-psyched to not only have something new to make fun of, but we are now able to relish Rebecca Black's career-demise and observe in the vast, demented glory th ... More >>
Carmelo.The biggest clue that Carmelo Anthony would be traded yesterday? The Nuggets allowed him to skip practice in order to appear on last night's edition of Conan. The result was some mighty strange TV, since the interview was taped before Anthony could talk about the deal, but aired afte ... More >>
Red Bastard comes to Boulder this weekend for some of the character's final shows before creator Eric Davis heads to Cirque du Soleil. A huge part of the Red Bastard show is engaging the audience in sometimes uncomfortable ways. Interacting with the audience in ways that range from challengi ... More >>
When you share a bill with Gwenyth Paltrow on Conan O'Brien's step-down-but-still-in-the-game TBS vehicle, you know you've sort of made it. Such was the case last night for T.J. Miller, the latest in an increasingly long line of semi-stars to come out of Denver's East High School that also in ... More >>
Since sometime circa the late '90s, Conan O'Brien has been the best of the late-night talk-show hosts. While Jay Leno did jokes so tame they would've felt just as at-home coming from a purple cartoon dog in the middle of the afternoon, Conan's formula continued to feel fresh and relevant -- s ... More >>
William Breathes as seen on CNN.The calls and texts started well before I had woken up yesterday, vibrating my phone completely off my bedside table. Apparently people on the East Coast don't realize there's a time difference between us. When I finally did get up and turn on the TV, I didn't ... More >>
Three not-evil Jay Lenos.While Colorado doesn't boast that many animation studios, those we have are known to pack quite a punch. Take Mighty Fudge Studios, a Boulder operation that for the past eleven years, has been churning out Saturday morning-style cartoons with an adult twist by way of ... More >>
What a difference a year makes. The last time Lady Gaga was in town she played the Gothic. When she comes back to town on Friday, July 28, she'll be headlining the Pepsi Center. No word yet on when tickets when go on sale, but when they do, they'll run $49.50-$175. Kings of Leon kicks off i ... More >>
Breathe easy, Team Coco: Conan O'Brien's "Suck on This, NBC!" tour will stop in Denver/Boulder. Conan will do two shows in May: Sunday, May 9 at Boulder's Macky Auditorium and Monday, May 10 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, both at 8p.m. From the press release:
Now this is what you call going out on a high note. In case you missed it, Conan O'Brien ended his stint at NBC on Friday night by strapping on a Les Paul and playing "Freebird" with Will Ferrell, Ben Harper, Beck and ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons. Ferrell actually does a pretty mean Ronnie Van Zandt an ... More >>
Word of an Arrested movie can't quell our depression.Television, as Conan O'Brien will tell you, is a fickle business. They build you up, they use you up, they toss you aside. And sometimes the powers that be don't even wait to use you up -- they just decide that you're done, for reasons tha ... More >>
Remember yesterday when we wrote about OK Go and heaped praise on the LA-by-way-of-Chiago act for evading obscurity once again with yet another clever new video -- you know, the one with the marching bands and all that? Seems we weren't the only ones completely aghast that the video couldn't be ... More >>
We're as sober as especially sober judges here at Westword -- yet, for whatever reason, we're just getting around to posting a joke Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien told about our search for a medical marijuana reviewer back on November 17. At the end of our quest, we wound up doubling our (and hop ... More >>
‚ÄčIn case you missed it, the Fray appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien last night. A couple noteworthy things about the performance: Drummer Ben Wysocki pitched in on backing vocals, suggesting that Joe King's still experiencing voice problems, and the band tapped a string section to pla ... More >>
Disco doesn't suck so bad now that it's saving your sorry ass, does it? Here's a user-friendly guide to all of the top-notch content you might have missed out on while you were busy this week practicing your CPR skills to the beat of the disco classic "Staying Alive"...
Photo borrowed from djcoffman.com Last night after appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Flobots' guitarist Andy Guerrero apparently gave Conan the shirt right off his back.
Conan O'Brien and the Flobots' Andy Guerrero share a fashionable moment. Blogs away! Backbeat Online entertains and informs about stuff like the Flobots' appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Also on display: a preview of Roe's new recording, news about free tracks by Hello Kavita and a lo ... More >>
Photo: Brian Folkins Hot on the heels of its stand out performance at the Mile High Music Fest, Rose Hill Drive makes its nationally televised debut tonight on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Can hardly wait to see Boulder's biggest badasses on the small screen. Conan won't know what hit him. Have ... More >>
Pictureplane gets a shout-out on Pitchfork and Nathaniel Rateliff gets written up in Billboard, while DeVotchKa kills it on Conan and Flobots throw down on Carson Daly.
In a January "diary" penned for Entertainment Weekly, talk-show host Conan O'Brien lamented the prospect that the Writers Guild of America strike might doom the Academy Awards with a perfectly self-deflating line: "I want no part of a world that refuses to congratulate itself." By that standard, he' ... More >>
If counseling didnít do it, these late-night gabfests should set Ted Haggard straight.
Kiefer Sutherland comes to this singer-songwriter's rescue.
The Hold Steady holds court at Littleton High School.
The gang's all cheer.