Jodee Champion

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    June 25, 2014

    Lori Callahan was the heart of the Denver comedy scene -- until her own heart failed her

    People would laugh until they cried when Lori Callahan took the stage at Comedy Works South. And on April 13, both laughter and tears poured out as friends, family members and Callahan's fellow comics gathered in the room where the redheaded comic had slung jokes for years, taking their turn at the ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Jordan Doll wins Comedy Works New Faces Competition

    After six grueling months of weekly competition that whittled 140 comics down to one, the 2013 Comedy Works New Faces Competition has a winner in Jordan Doll. He'd delivered heavily talked-about performances at UMS and High Plains, and there had been a lot of hype in the comedy scene that Doll would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Humor and dating: Is being funny the ultimate aphrodisiac?

    It's probably the biggest cliche in the history of dating: You're looking for someone with a sense of humor. But since it has nothing to do with money, social stature or good looks -- things people are often most insecure about in dating -- why is humor such a big deal? The current science on the is ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Are comedians and critics too cushy? UMS comedy panel gets weird

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Why does 103.1 want us to masturbate to standup comedy?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Westword Book Club: Ryan Demers on filmmaking, furries and Gone Girl

    Ryan Demers, a Denver-based filmmaker, is the co-founder of Gaylord St. Productions, and has managed the impressive feat of helming two independent films without going completely bankrupt and abandoning the dream. The Honey Cooler, a farcical detective story set in the milieu of an economic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, May 13-16

    With May finally delivering the flowers that the old adage promises, you won't want to stay inside this week. Good news: When you're out and about enjoying the greening landscape, you won't need to drop a lot of green. From a booksigning with the former drummer for The Doors to a French artist's fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Celebrate Mother's Day Eve with Shayna Ferm and Pump and Dump

    Shayna Ferm, a prodigal Coloradan returned from years in the New York comedy scene, hosts and organizes a monthly show called Pump and Dump, designed to engage with young moms and provide a sorely needed evening of fun. Ferm, young mother herself, was frustrated by the lack of entertainment opportun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Westword Book Club: Jodee Champion on Candide, Catcher in the Rye and comedy

    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 Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in May

    Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    March's top ten comedy shows

    March holds a variety of options for comedy fans -- from a new night in Boulder to the appearance of such '90s nostalgia faces as Chris Tucker and the duo from Loveline. Click ahead to see what side-splitting adventures await as we laugh our way out of the winter chill. See also: - Ben Kronberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Chuck Roy on POTroast and his favorite public places to get high

    If you know Denver comedy, you surely know Chuck Roy. The former anchor of the satirical newscast The Crop Report -- an Onion News Network-style series of short sketches on marijuana, Roy is one of the most established names in Denver comedy, hosting an endless rotation of events at Comedy Works (af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Westminster comedy institution Wits End is ending

    Since 1990, Wits End Comedy Club has held down a corner of Westminster, nurturing the fledgling careers of local comedians while drawing only the heartiest or free-ticket-havingest of crowds to the north suburbs. Wits End claims to be the first comedy club in history opened by women, though sustaine ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Ten best comedy shows in Denver in February

    With Denver's local comedy scene finally beginning to catch up with Comedy Work's national acts -- in terms of both talent and swelling audience numbers -- we figured it was time to assemble some of our favorite standup shows for the coming month. As we salivate over the smorgasbord of Denver's incr ... 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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    March 8, 2012
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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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    January 13, 2011