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    November 28, 2014

    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in December

    Whether you've been staunchly making merry since Halloween or crankily sneer at the holiday cheer each year, December is unquestionably dominated by its traditions. Driven by consumerism, religiosity, and compulsory family bonding; for many, December is a month spent in frantic shopping malls and ai ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kevin O'Brien

    #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 >>

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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 15, 2014

    Andy Haynes on Midnight Run, 9/11 jokes and getting heckled during his own comedy special

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Chris Fairbanks on Sexpot Comedy, suicidal civil engineers and the Tosh controversy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Beth Stelling on Sexpot Comedy, writing plays and tiny failures

    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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Obama talks getting stoned and Conan rips GOP at D.C. Correspondents Dinner

    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 >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J on what it's like to be in one of the hottest bands going right now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 25, 2013

    Adam Cayton-Holland booked for Conan next Tuesday -- seriously

    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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend (6 free!), October 26-28

    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 >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Draw Something takes another smart friend away with every lewd sketch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Video: Copper Mountain runs racist?, asks Kevin Nealon on Conan O'Brien

    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 >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    February 1, 2012

    Pumped-up hits: Songs we loved until they got played to death

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Anthony Jeselnik on his jerk persona, Comedy Central roasts, and why he likes hecklers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Open Air, new CPR station at 1340 AM: Launch emphasizes the safe side of adventurous

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Charles Phoenix on fried cereal, the genesis of the Cherpumple and molded gelatin

    ​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 >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Jimmy Pardo's live Podcast in Denver is not expected to not be funny

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Top Five Rebecca Black Disses

    ​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 >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Carmelo Anthony on Conan: Melo rejected Denver but still loves Denver omelettes (VIDEO)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Five confrontational performers: From MoMA to basic cable

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Hometown kid T.J. Miller talks vomiting, giraffe expertise on Conan last night

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Conan's new show: Basically the same as the old show, except on TBS

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    William Breathes: Top 5 questions Facebook & Twitter pals asked our pot critic after CNN piece

    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 >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Video: Local cartoon studio Mighty Fudge animates "I Got Lenoed"

    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 >>

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    March 16, 2010

    This Just In: Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Iron Maiden shows announced

    ​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 >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Conan in Denver: Team Coco to unite at Macky Auditorium, Ellie Caulkins Opera House

    ​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:

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    January 23, 2010

    Conan O'Brien "Freebird" makes you want to flick your Bic

    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 >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Like Conan's Tonight, 10 TV shows that got screwed

    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 >>

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    January 13, 2010

    OK Go gives the world the OK to help its new video (ahem) Go viral.

    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 >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Conan O'Brien joke about Westword's medical marijuana reviewer search: Laugh at us, America!

    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 >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    July 28, 2009

    The Fray on the Tonight Show

    ‚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 >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    October 17, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (10/11/08-10/17/08)

    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"...

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    October 14, 2008

    Flobots' Andy Guerrero gives Conan O'Brien the shirt off his back

    Photo borrowed from Last night after appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Flobots' guitarist Andy Guerrero apparently gave Conan the shirt right off his back.

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    October 14, 2008

    The blog shortcut, October 14 edition

    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 >>

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    July 29, 2008

    Rose Hill Drive on Conan O'Brien Tonight

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008

    Denver Music’s Media Onslaught

    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.

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    March 3, 2008

    Making the Case for Self-Congratulation Among Daily Newspapers

    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 >>

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Lots of Yuk

    If counseling didnít do it, these late-night gabfests should set Ted Haggard straight.

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Ron Sexsmith

    Kiefer Sutherland comes to this singer-songwriter's rescue.

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    November 15, 2006
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    November 3, 2005

    Group Study

    The Hold Steady holds court at Littleton High School.

  • Film

    February 1, 2001

    Saccharin & MSG

    The gang's all cheer.

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