First Helen Thorpe's new book, Soldier Girls, got close to fifteen minutes of fame from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Then the "compelling" Soldier Girls rated an excellent review from the New York Times. And to make for a very unusual trifecta, Soldier Girls just made Book of the Week...in People? ... More >>
Plenty of people associate Helen Thorpe with her time as Colorado's first lady; she and Governor John Hickenlooper separated in 2012. But Westword readers also know her as a journalist and the author of the 2004 feature article "Head of the Class," which led to the best-seller Just Like Us. Thorpe' ... More >>
As everyone from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to the nation's memes-makers have noticed, the upcoming Super Bowl features teams -- the Broncos and the Seahawks -- from the two states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales. So you had to know entrepreneurs would want a piece of the actio ... More >>
We recently reported about the controversy over an Arapahoe Basin executive announcing that skiers caught smoking marijuana in public at the resort could lose their lift ticket -- a warning that stirred plenty of controversy. But one important factor may not have been fully considered by those on ei ... 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 >>
As we all know by now, gluttony diplomat Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network last week after some weird details surfaced involving a plantation-themed wedding, where Deen allegedly wanted "a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in t ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>
The Sklar Brothers stand apart in the current comedy scene with their unique style of two-man storytelling and accessibly nerdy material. Primarily known for their hilariously analytical take on sports with ESPN's Cheap Seats and the History Channel's Freakanomics-style look at U.S. data, The United ... More >>
Best known for his hit Comedy Central show Insomniac, Dave Attell is an all-around beloved character in standup comedy. While often edgy and at times arrogantly confrontational, his razor-sharp wit gives him an everyman-at-the-bar diplomacy. During nearly three decades in the business, Attell has s ... More >>
Yesterday in this space, we nodded to ten Colorado-connected hotties, ingenues and reality-TV stars. But our square state is known for funny business, too. Turns out the list of notables who were born or lived here includes lots of notable comedians and comic actors -- some hugely famous, others get ... More >>
Remember that mixtape you made for your high-school sweetheart? Or that time you taped a movie off cable? Turns out you were breaking the law, pirating copyrighted materials without permission. While the statute of limitations has probably long passed on your crimes of teenage passion, entertainme ... More >>
Don't get walled in by low funds this weekend.Now that Halloween has passed and the the first snowsl are sweeping across Denver, the events are moving indoors. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great things going on this weekend, including the start of Denver Arts Week, some dead art, ... More >>
Video below.Last week, we noted the weird cameo by convicted Greeley gang-banger Christian Hanson in an allegedly racist attack video aimed at Janice Hahn, a California candidate running for Congress in a special election taking place tomorrow. Afterward, we heard from filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger ... More >>
Last week, conservatives cried foul over Michelle Obama inviting the rapper Common to a poetry reading at the White House, since he'd rapped about violence against cops and President George W. Bush. While the reading went off without a hitch, the debate goes on: Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly ... More >>
Comedy Central announced an awards show devoted to comedy today. It will be called The Comedy Awards and will air simultaneously on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, TV Land and Nick at Night on March 26. On one hand, comedy does tend to get boned in the other major awards, particularly the Oscars ... More >>
Glenn Beck.You've stumbled upon a new feature: Comment of the Day, in which we highlight one of the most amusing, most interesting or most something comments to pop up of late. We kick things off with a take from Eric about Glenn Beck's upcoming appearance as a keynote speaker at the October ... More >>
Glenn Beck.To connect the dots: Glenn Beck's Restore Honor rally in August inspired Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to conceive a Rally to Restore Sanity, which prompted plans for a Denver version in Civic Center Park on October 30. It's appropriate, then, that four days earlier, on October 26, ... More >>
Not Josh McDaniels.Heads up, producers of The Daily Show. Last night, Channel 31 reported a story about the theft of 150 garden gnomes that's ready-made for your particular brand of satire. Only flaw? The Fox 31 crew isn't as good at keeping a straight face as are Jon Stewart and company.
At last, critic William Breathes as seen in his natural habitat.The Daily Show's long awaited dissection of Denver's medical marijuana industry finally reached the screen last night, and the results were smokin'. Along with the anticipated ganja gags (a pile of cheeseburgers makes a guest ap ... More >>
It had to happen. For the past year, Denver has been living up to its billing as the Mile High City, hitting new heights daily as the medical-marijuana business shows no signs of slowing down. And now, inevitably, The Daily Show has come to town to profile our booming dispensary industry. T ... More >>
Chances are that if you read or watch anything (besides McCommercials) regarding the state of our food system in the United States, it will mention the staggering amount of processed crap we manufacture and the integrity of our diets versus the price -- both financially and physically. Michael Pol ... More >>
It was a series of firsts last night for Adam Perry: In was his first show at Red Rocks and his first time seeing the Flaming Lips. Given the profound, momentous nature of that combination, we thought we'd share his experience, and as a result you get a bonus review of the show today.Adam PerryTh ... More >>
Waylon Lewis brings big ideas to a bigger stage.
"My friends..." John McCain is back in town today -- he speaks at the National Western Arena at 10 a.m. as part of something he’s trying to call his "Road to Victory" tour without seeming desperate or hypocritical. But maybe we should be used to that by now, what with the mangled sort of hairbal ... More >>
The Daily Show's John Oliver on fake news and afflicting the comfortable.
The writers may have been back for the 80th annual Academy Awards, held on February 24, but that fact didn't automatically transform the ceremony into scintillating television. The show still dragged past the three-hour mark, padded by too many interchangeable montages and a speech by 98-year-old ar ... More >>
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