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    October 31, 2014

    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in November -- and a Bonus

    As the holiday season approaches, the entertainment calendar for the month holds a cornucopia of comic delights in store for local giggle gobblers. Sidling up to a table richly dressed with top notch performers, local comedy fans will be heartily stuffed and belly-sore by the month's end. With optio ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Mara Wiles

    #50: Mara Wiles Mara Wiles broke into comedy doing improv with Denver's Impulse Theater, but soon made the shift to standup, becoming an integral member of the comedy scene and a regular attraction at local clubs and comedy nights. As a testament to her collaborative spark and likability, you'd be ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Taylor Gonda

    #52: Taylor GondaWhen it comes to popular culture, Taylor Gonda talks a great game. As co-host of the local podcast These Things Matter, she chats about music, movies and other obsessions with celebrities both local and sometimes national. But there's more to Gonda than These Things Matter: A regula ... 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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    October 1, 2014

    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in October

    October is a month for costumed ghouls and seasonal melancholy. As the autumnal leaves drift wanly into the dampened streets and crumble under the indifferent feet of passersby, many listless Denverites may find themselves in dire need of a laugh. Fortunately, this October promises a bountiful giggl ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Podcast Profiles: Adam Cayton-Holland and My Dining Room Table

    Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of internet media; anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners unlimited hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, April 28-May 1

    May Day means spring is finally fully under way. The art scene is greening up, too, with a Beltane performance and fashion trunk show, a party celebrating the Bike Pit, and a May Day art show this week. Share information on more free happenings in the comments section below, and visit the Westword c ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien celebrate two years of the These Things Matter podcast

    Two years ago, friends Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien realized that they didn't just enjoy discussing popular culture, but that they also reveled in the High Fidelity spirit of connecting it to personal experiences. Thus the These Things Matter podcast was born, and Gonda and O'Brien began bringing ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), March 14-16

    This weekend, the city will be overflowing with green beer and folks decked out in green from head-to-toe. But if the Irish holiday isn't your cup of tea, er, beer, we've rounded up some equally exciting alternatives. From a dark side of Mardi Gras celebration to a comedic argument that pits chip lo ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (9 free!), February 14-16

    Whether or not you're a fan of the gooey holiday of love (or alternately, the holiday invented by greeting-card companies), there's something we can all agree on: Free stuff rules. And our 10 for $10 this weekend is full of free events. From a Love Sux bash to dance parties to a horror film festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Five most Cusackian John Cusack movies -- celebrate the actor tonight

    In honor of tonight's event, Westword revisited the filmography of John Cusack and hand-picked his most definitively Cusackian roles. These movies are each thoroughly entertaining on their own merits, but together they illuminate the precise nature of Cusack's appeal. Old-school Cusack fans may noti ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Producer Andy Juett on poetry, Updike and reading with his kids

    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 celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), November 22-24

    Don't let the snow keep you inside this weekend. There are plenty of great events to lure you out of the cozy comfort of your home, from a comedy show with free pizza to a Doctor Who dance party. And get this: All of these events are under $10, and six are totally free. Did we overlook some bargains ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Arguments and Grievances celebrates three years of competitive trash talking Sunday

    Trends in comedy come and go, but there's something classic about Kevin O'Brien's monthly Arguments and Grievances night. The simple twist of pitting local comics against one another for debates on inconsequential themes -- which garnered a Best of Denver award this year from Westword -- has been wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Comedian Kevin O'Brien on James Joyce, losing faith and North Korea

    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 celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Deacon Gray on the Comedy Works New Faces 2013 finalists

    It's been a long ride since last spring, when the Comedy Works New Faces Competition 2013 began. And now, with 130 comics eliminated, we're down to the final ten, who will compete tomorrow night for a cash prize and the prestige of joining the ranks of previous winners, including Ben Kronberg, Josh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 (5 free!) in Denver this weekend, October 11-13

    Halloween is still weeks away, but this weekend we've got some spooky primers, including a haunted walk through Castlewood Canyon and a zombie fashion show. But there are plenty of non-scary parties and art gatherings, too. Below we showcase ten cool things to do this weekend; for many more, check o ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    MCA's Black Sheep Fridays return, throwing together top creative minds in throwdowns

    This Friday, October 11, Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien of the These Things Matter podcast will defend Waiting for Godot as actor Brian Colonna and comedian Andrew Orvedahl bring it for Waiting for Guffman in "Debating for Guffman," the first off-kilter entertainment pairing of the 2013 Black Sheep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Ten Denver comedy events to look forward to in October 2013

    With two Halloween events, three filthy shows and three comedy contests, October humor is shaping up to be scary, sexy and heavily competitive. After a summer of record-breaking comedy festivals, you can fall into the autumnal weather with some bone-chilling monologues of creepy copulation with Bob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Comedian Jordan Doll on hobo tales, comic books and childrens' classics

    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 celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

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    August 26, 2013

    High Plains Comedy Festival explodes in Denver -- and the jokes still echo

    Like an infant growing into an Olympian athlete overnight, this weekend the Denver comedy scene went from an impressive-but-small collection of local talent to a nationally recognized force with its own annual rendezvous. The High Plains Comedy Festival was more than just a killer weekend of ab-crun ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2013
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    August 6, 2013

    Podcaster Taylor Gonda on bonding over pop-culture and reading the classics

    Taylor Gonda co-hosts and produces the Denver-based podcast These Things Matter, which features writers, filmmakers, musicians, academics, comedians, and Taylor's mom engaging in wonky discussions about their guests' beloved pop-cultural obsessions, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    The ten best geek events in Denver in August

    The dog days of summer are upon us. Luckily, we geeks have nothing to worry about, because August is full of opportunities to beat the heat and have some nerd-friendly fun at the same time. From gaming conventions and classic geek films to the world's nerdiest county fair, August offers a multitude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Mystery Science Theater 3000's legacy of hilarity

    Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. We geeks watch a lot of bad movies. It's not like we have a choice, really. We like the kind of movies that we like, and the sad truth is a lot of genre stuff is pretty shitty. Take space operas, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in June

    June is jam-packed with a lineup of comedy events so eclectic, you're sure to find something to tickle your funny bone. There are podcasters and Pride festers, twins and Too Much Fun, He-Man and many giggle-worthy performances that your calendar will be bursting with snickers. Keep ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), April 19-21

    Yes, weed is now legal in Colorado. And yes, this weekend is the giant 4/20 celebration. But that doesn't mean that all the fun will be in Civic Center Park.From an alternative 4/20 celebration with music and comedy to Record Store Day to a free theater performance, this weekend is full of events th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    For These Things Matter's first birthday, its hosts discuss their ten favorite episodes

    Not everyone can relate to the idea of defining yourself through popular culture, but anyone who gets it, really gets it. And for the last year Denver has been blessed with a sonic sanctuary for these poor souls: the These Things Matter podcast. This week TTM hosts Taylor Gonda and comedian Kevin O' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Denver's ten best comedy nights

    We thought 2012 was a banner year for comedy in Denver -- but only three months into the new year, comics like Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland, Sam Tallent and Kristin Rand are setting the stage for this once-intimate scene to be blasted into national recognition. With so many great comedy nights alrea ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    The ten best comedy shows in April

    As we inch our way toward the glory of summer comedy festivals, Denver has already begun heating up with a variety of shows featuring whip-smart young comics as well as and world-wise icons of days past. We've got a DIY music and comedy festival (with a bouncy castle!), two feature players from Chel ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland debuts new podcast with Ben Roy interview

    When a comic's greatest strength is his dynamic physical presence on stage, podcasting can be risky. But while Adam Cayton-Holland has a few sluggish moments during the premiere of his new podcast, My Dining Room Table, his background as a journalist and his genuine rapport with fellow comics make f ... 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 >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Discover ten stars of Westword's Artopia 2013

    Now in its 18th year, Artopia is a signature event showcasing a wide array of Denver's music, art, performance, food and more. At several venues along Broadway this Saturday, February 23, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., dozens of the city's cultural components will come together as they share their creative ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Everybody Loves Ben Roy: Denver comics weigh in on their longtime colleague

    Ben Roy, the subject of this week's cover story, has worked hard to establish himself as a unique voice in the growing Denver comedy scene. We recently spoke with several local comics who have a relationship with Roy both on and off the stage, some of whom were there at the germination of Denver's u ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Bad or Not Bad podcast gives a pass-fail grade to everything

    Sometimes the simplest concepts are the best -- and you don't get much simpler than the concept of the new podcast Bad or Not Bad. The name says it all, really -- things are discussed and a verdict rendered: bad, or not bad? "That's the short version, and what I hope will bring people into the sho ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Five choice moments from Denver's standup scene in 2012

    No question, 2012 was the year of the comedian in Denver. A lifelong fan of standup, I've had the pleasure of reporting on some amazing shows this year -- and I'm sharing some of the high points here. Still, I'm sure there's a vast ocean of talent that slipped past me in 2012; feel free to remind ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012
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    October 22, 2012

    3 things to do for free this week, October 22-25, 2012

    All zombie-d out from the weekend? Don't worry: There are no undead events on this list, just dead-free ones. From a bring-your-own records party to a RMCAD faculty art show to a live podcast taping and bash, you have many great ways to spend time this week -- without spending cash. (You can use all ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Marijuana: Amendment 64 support letter signed by more than 100 college professors

    As Barack Obama was visiting CSU, where he was greeted by 13,000 supporters and an attack sign with a typo, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, released a letter with an academic flavor. It features the signatures of 100-plus professors who back the measure, inclu ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Eleven memorable lines from the Laugh Track Comedy Festival

    The Laugh Track Comedy Festival had a strong debut last night at the Bug Theatre, featuring eleven local and out-of-state comics that slaughtered the audience with a blend of hyper self-loathing and irreverent politics. The festival continues through Saturday nigh, delivering a seemingly endless la ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Evan Nix's top picks for the Laugh Track Comedy Festival

    The Laugh Track Comedy Festival will descend on Denver tonight, bringing three days of comedy performers and films that are sure to make your sides split. To help you navigate the thirty short films and over forty comedians, festival co-director Evan Nix sent us his top ten picks of events not to mi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Kevin O'Brien on the These Things Matter podcast and Mile High Sci Fi

    Pop culture is important. We spend our time and money on it, litter our speech with quotes from it, and our lives are shaped by it. That's the premise of These Things Matter, a new podcast created by local comedian Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda. Of course, for all the importance of pop culture, we ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, June 29-July 1, 2012

    The great outdoors is hot, but so is the city, with an incredible array of things to do that won't set you back more than $10. From comedy shows to vegan dance parties to cute dogs jumping through hoops, you're sure to find something to do this weekend that won't burn through your bank account. Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    The taste is sweet: How I crushed Andrew Orvedahl with badassery and reason

    Eggs Benedict is a notoriously hard dish to pull off. I wasn't even intimidated, though, when my girlfriend told me that's what she wanted for breakfast -- even though I had never made it before, I'm basically like the King Midas of victory, and I made that Eggs Benedict, and it was fucking deliciou ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    The great debate: Andrew Orvedahl and Jef Otte settle their parenting differences like men

    The beef started on Facebook. Creeped out by last week's TIME cover story about attachment parenting -- you know, the weird one with the preschool-age kid standing on a stool and suckling his mom's tit -- I penned an essay for the Village Voice about how much attachment parenting sucks and posted it ... More >>

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    The Graduate

    Alex Stone is Denver's best radio reporter, and he's sure to keep improving -- now that he's out of school.

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Swimming Through History

    Get Wet's Les Fradkin made history with one simple guitar riff. Now he's making waves as an Internet innovator and surf-rock guru.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best lunch wagon

    O'Brien's Wings & Things

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