John Wenzel

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    TJ Miller on the No Cancellations tour, bringing absurdity to morning news shows, and hash dabs

    Comedian TJ Miller has a commitment to comedic absurdity that has served him well throughout his career. From his roots in the Chicago improv scene, Miller emerged as one of the city's most unique standups, remarkable for his madman charisma. In short order, Miller stole scenes and joined impressive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    March 21, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

    Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Greg Baumhauer on the end of the Squire Lounge's open mike comedy night

    ​After a seven-and-half-year run, Greg Baumhauer is pulling the plug on the Squire Lounge's open mike comedy night. "We've crushed enough dreams," he says. And tonight, you have one last chance to catch Baumhauer and the Wrist Deep crew in action at what was once hailed as the meanest open mik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
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    April 27, 2010

    Presenting the 2010 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​ This past February, when we started putting together the 2010 Westword Music Showcase, we posted an item asking you how we could improve our annual music festival, this year set for Saturday, June 19, in the Golden Triangle (if you haven't already purchased your tickets, you can still buy d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Talkin' 'bout food, booze and music with David Scott of NEWSPEAK

    ​ That's what we'll be doing on Wednesday, September 2nd at Content Studio, 3033 Blake Street -- chatting about Denver's food, its bars and its music, in front of a crowd that will (hopefully) be all liquored up and rowdy. Think of it like the old-fashioned Jerry Springer show with an audience (y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    An extended conversation with Tim Pourbaix

    In this week's issue, we're running a short profile on Tim Pourbaix in Rough Mixes, based on a lengthy interview Eryc Eyl conducted with Pourbaix. The singer-songwriter had much more to say than could fit into that smaller piece. Subsequently, we've opted to allow Pourbaix to tell his story -- which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007
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    February 27, 2007

    Real World: Toledo

    Davis and a friend get tongue and cheek. Engineering a second act is looking much more difficult for cast members of Real World: Denver, who have already started slumming for gigs like professional Hollywood burnouts. The show, which completed filming last fall, is still airing with episodes that ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of June 5, 2003