"Blue collar comedy" is often viewed as synonymous with words like "dumb," "cheap" and "Republican." It was largely co-opted by Jeff Foxworthy's low-brow comedy tour, and since then you really can't discuss the humor that comes out of labor-work without everyone assuming you have a Support the Troop ... More >>
With three female comedians, three Davids (Spade, Chappelle, Sedaris) and a whole lot of masked wrestlers on the schedule, November is shaping up to be a delightfully eclectic month for Denver comedy. We have secret shows from Comedy Works, a Scottish wunderkind and another performance on the buddin ... More >>
David Sedaris, author of many humorous books of essays, including his latest Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, has added a second Denver show. He will be bringing his awkward sense of humor and captivating stories to the Paramount Theater, November 24 at 2 p.m. This show follows his sold-out Novembe ... 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 >>
The ultimate aim of good satire is to parody an unintentionally funny event as accurately as possible, while spicing it up with a little exaggeration and sarcasm. But sometimes the comedy gods throw you something so ridiculous, so shockingly unreal, that all you have to do is xerox it and say: Look ... 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 >>
A Breckenridge resident and self-described "river-rat," Beth Groundwater is a writer of mystery stories. After retiring from a software engineering position in 1999, Groundwater pursued her lifelong interest in writing and mysteries and set to work on her craft, eventually seeing her short stories p ... More >>
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company has just announced its upcoming season, the eighth for this troupe, and it's an intriguing one that includes three regional premieres and one significant capture: And the Sun Stood Still, a play about Copernicus and his struggle to publish On the Revolutions of t ... More >>
This week, Westword asked fashionista Brandi Shigley about her favorite books. The interview was fittingly conducted in front of an adorable lofted book shelf, which Shigley refers to as her treehouse, at Fashion Denver, her combination boutique, studio, consulting office, and mini roller-s ... More >>
It can be difficult to be an introvert growing up in a world geared toward extroverts. In her New York Times bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain questions what she calls the "Extrovert Ideal" of Western society and suggests that by nurturin ... More >>
After 33 years, Boulder's Left Hand Books is closing its doors. Since it was founded in 1979, the bookstore has offered alternative books and periodicals by such noted authors such as Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. According to Louise Knapp, a member of the bookstore collective, closing the store be ... More >>
"I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock, and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform," David Sedaris said for the first time on NPR's Morning Edition twenty years ago this Christmas. Chronicling his stint as an elf in the madcap Santa Land at Macy's, th ... More >>
Number 5Depending on who you're listening to, the world is going to end in 2012, or the world will undergo some sort of transformation. Either way it's spiritual. What's not spiritual, however, are these cold, hard numbers: The top ten posts on Show and Tell during 2011, which may or may not ... More >>
A few years ago, when actor Gary Culig abandoned his beloved longtime role as Crumpet the Elf in the Bug Theatre's perennial holiday production of The SantaLand Diaries, he left the local field wide open for a new kind of Crumpet, the sourly wry Macy's elf based on the true adventures of humorist Da ... More >>
David Sedaris played the Paramount on November 7, and the essayist/commentator was a big hit, discussing everything from the house he wanted to buy in England to where white men shit to, well, shitting in your hand, as Kelsey Whipple noted in her "10 best David Sedaris quotes" post. A fan ha ... More >>
Image viaDavid Sedaris is a tiny man with a huge life. Truly, the man is pretty darn small, and though his voice sounds like that of a timid librarian, it packs a biting combination of charm and painful humor that's strong enough to ring through even the spaciousness of the Paramount. Last ... More >>
David Sedaris will be talking pretty at the Paramount tonight, and many of his fans did the same when they entered our contest to win two tickets to the David Sedaris appearance. The rules? To enter, you simply had to tell us what you would do "when engulfed in flames..." Here are just some ... More >>
ViaDavid SedarisIf you have no pressing plans a week from tonight, Monday, November 7, why not go see acclaimed essayist, author and unique orator David Sedaris at the Paramount Theatre?
Jennie DorrisTelling Stories, a group of musicians and writers combining classical pieces with David Sedaris-style essays, is one of the hippest home-grown cultural endeavors around. No wonder founder Jennie Dorris scored a 2010 Westword MasterMind award for her efforts. And while for years T ... More >>
Josh RothsteinBlonde RedheadBlonde Redhead, the New York trio who borrowed its moniker from a song by the '80s no wave group DNA, is set to release Penny Sparkle, its third album for 4AD, September 14 (the album's opening cut, "Here Sometimes," is available for streaming and download on the b ... More >>
With the passing of Memorial Day we can finally say summer is here. And with summer comes summer camp, vacations and tours -- and how do we get there? We drive. That's how. This is America, after all. In celebration of seemingly endless sunny days and left-arm tans, we've picked some of our favori ... More >>
The holiday season is rife with traditions: trimming the tree, kissing under the mistletoe, sitting through The Nutcracker for the umpteenth time, and -- for the ultra-hip of Denver -- reserving a seat once again for The SantaLand Diaries, the Bug Theatre's annual staging of the David Seda ... More >>
An essayist extraordinaire offers up his latest tome.
Electro Lunchbox packs a flavorful blend of music, art and dance
St. Nick's helper confesses all in The SantaLand Diaries.
Bug’s The SantaLand Diaries has become a holiday treat.
Paragon's production of The Book of Liz is no sibling revelry.
LILT spotlights local talent
Ira Glass tapes in Denver
Rare finds and real deals
The ringing telephone in Fully Committed leads to a disconnect with the audience.
The Santaland Diaries offers an elf of a good time.
David Sedaris spins a twisted sort of homespun humor.
The stage is set for Christmas in Denver.