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    August 6, 2014

    Video: Helen Thorpe, Ex-Colorado First Lady, Lauded on The Daily Show for Soldier Girls

    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 >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Videos: Stephen Colbert dubs Colorado "Potsylvania" in hilarious "reports"

    The national media continues to be fascinated by Colorado cannabis, Stephen Colbert included. Last night, less than two months after his amusing tribute to the marijuana Super Bowl, he devoted the lion's share of his program to the subject via two segments: one exploring the scene in what he dubs "P ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    What's Jay Leno been up to since retiring?

    It was sad -- Jay Leno's 22 years hosting The Tonight Show ended with all the excitement of a guy farting at the mall. We all talked about his joke stealing and his talk-show stealing and how he'd played to the middle, threw away his talent. We were happy to see him go back to his garage and all h ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Video: The Daily Show rips Brosurance...and Hosurance

    The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative's Adam Fox has kept us up to date on pro-Obamacare ads aimed at young, uninsured people -- a campaign doubters have alternately derided as "brosurance" and "hosurance" due images of dudes doing keg stands and a babe eager to take advantage of free birth contro ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013
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    November 12, 2013

    Video: Was the Daily Show having fun with Colorado, or did it screw up a report

    Last night a Daily Show report by comedian Jason Jones reported on high levels of apathy among Colorado voters. Looking at statistics as well as conducting interviews on Denver's 16th Street Mall, Jones found that an overwhelming majority of people (80 percent) did not vote in last September's recal ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Dave Coulier on being forever Uncle Joey, clean comedy and that Alanis Morissette song

    Since the beginning of his career, Dave Coulier has worked in the realm of family-friendly comedy. His first major television role was in 1984, hosting Nickelodeon's children's sketch-comedy show Out of Control, where he became known for his goofy voices and the catch phrase "Cut it out." He took th ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Jon Stewart shut down Crossfire -- but now it's back on CNN

    While Jon Stewart was away directing his first film in the Middle East, CNN took the opportunity to revamp Crossfire. One of the first politically polarizing talk shows on the first cable news network, Crossfire had a 22-year run before it was shut down in 2004, after Stewart called the show "partis ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Why Paula Deen was (accidentally) good for America, if not its waistlines

    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 >>

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    June 11, 2013

    John Oliver takes over hosting duties of The Daily Show

    "Let's all just acknowledge for a moment that: This. Is. Weird," John Oliver said last night, opening his first round of hosting The Daily Show for the summer. While Jon Stewart will be away for the next twelve weeks directing his debut film, Rosewater, the most celebrated comic to come out of The D ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Demetri Martin on Woody Guthrie, prop-comedy and not being a hipster

    Demetri Martin's polished micro-jokes, nervous stare and intense appreciation of aesthetics have made him a welcome antidote to the wave of loud and sloppy comedians who have dominated the scene over the last decade. In advance of Martin's visit to Comedy Works South this Sunday for two shows (one i ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    When Obama appears as Satan, where's Stephen Colbert?

    Stephen Colbert, as a real human being, is useless to us. Yes, that's a very selfish thing to say, but we all know it's true. When he's stepped out of character in the past for interviews on Fresh Air or Meet the Press, it's mildly interesting, but it's interesting in the same way that it was intere ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Comic Adam Cayton-Holland booked for Conan January 29

    Denver comic and former Westword scribe Adam Cayton-Holland will be making his standup debut on TBS's Conan next Tuesday, January 29. "This is my first appearance on a late-night TV show," Cayton-Holland tells us. "I did a small spot on the TV show Happy Endings, but yeah, in terms of late night and ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Lewis Black on socialism, Louis C.K. and the new NRA app

    The most common byproduct of politics is high blood pressure, and no one experiences that kind of pre-stroke madness like standup comedian Lewis Black. With his shaky hands, bulging eyes and unbuttoned suit, Black often appears as an out-of-work schmuck who writes angry letters to the White House an ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Videos: After Aurora theater shooting, Craig Ferguson strikes right tone, Jay Leno doesn't

    As was the case following the 1999 Columbine tragedy, late-night hosts faced a difficult task in dealing with early Friday's shootings at the Century 16 in Aurora. How to treat this horrific incident respectfully and then attempt to make the nation laugh? That night, Craig Ferguson passed the test ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Video: Tennis on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Tennis on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night: Did you catch it? The "duo from Denver," as Leno introduced the act, performed "Origins" from the new album, Young & Old, and brought along a few familiar faces from Denver. Even thought they didn't see much face time, it was nice to see the two ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Reader: Tim Tebow might be a great NFL quarterback if he could use a T-shirt cannon

    Our post about Tim Tebow's appearance on Jimmy Fallon's show noted that while even The Chosen One admitted he needs to work on his throwing motion, he proved to be a quick study with a T-shirt cannon. That got one of our readers thinking.

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    February 1, 2012

    Pumped-up hits: Songs we loved until they got played to death

    "Man, I used to really love that song until it got played to death!" How many times have you heard somebody say that? It's a legitimate gripe, especially if you work in place where the radio is played day and night. You inevitably suffer hearing the same goddamn songs hundreds of times a day. It's e ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Mark Udall proud The Daily Show's Jon Stewart agrees with him (VIDEO)

    Video below.​Politicians featured in comedy bits on The Daily Show don't usually draw attention to their appearances, given that they tend to come across as clueless bozos. But Senator Mark Udall's office actually wants constituents to watch the following video, about a provision of a defense ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Open Air, new CPR station at 1340 AM: Launch emphasizes the safe side of adventurous

    Back in June, we spoke with once-and-future Colorado Public Radio staffer Mike Flanagan about the impending debut of a new indie-rock station at 1340 AM. At 6 a.m. this morning, the outlet, dubbed Open Air, made its bow, and while it's clearly in soft-launch/preview mode at this writing, the messag ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Judgment Day is coming on May 21, says The Daily Show -- for 89-year-old Harold Camping

    Camping and Stewart.​Billboards in Colorado and beyond warn that Judgment Day is coming May 21 -- at least according to the California-based Family Radio network, led by 89-year-old Boulder native Harold Camping. And according to a clip from last night's episode of The Daily Show on view below ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Jump through some hoops to get a free download of some Tig Notaro comedy!

    Tig Notaro coming out with an album -- can you believe it?​Back when she was working as a music promoter in Denver, few probably would have believed that Tig Notaro -- who had at that point never even performed on a stage, let alone comedy -- would go on to the phenomenal amount of success she ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Amelia Earhart on Jaywalking: Is Jay Leno or woman who refers to 9News dumber? (VIDEO)

    Amelia?​Update below: Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" routine features man- and woman-on-the-street interviews with alleged morons -- but one recent clip makes him look like a bigger dope than the woman he portrays as a brainless chump. That's because her reference to Amelia Earhart as a 9News persona ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Comedy Central's Comedy Awards: Due recognition or sideshow?

    ​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 >>

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    January 13, 2011
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    November 9, 2010

    Conan's new show: Basically the same as the old show, except on TBS

    ​Since sometime circa the late '90s, Conan O'Brien has been the best of the late-night talk-show hosts. While Jay Leno did jokes so tame they would've felt just as at-home coming from a purple cartoon dog in the middle of the afternoon, Conan's formula continued to feel fresh and relevant -- s ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Barack Obama names Betsy Markey & (kind of) Michael Brown on The Daily Show: VIDEO

    Obama and Stewart.​President Barack Obama's extended interview on last night's episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show had some unexpected Colorado flavor. Not only did he specifically mention Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who's in a difficult fight against Cory Gardner, but he also reference ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    3OH!3 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno reflecting on "My First Kiss"

    In case you missed it, 3OH!3 was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night performing "My First Kiss," the first single from their new album Streets of Gold. Compared to their shiny vest, bulging-chest-hair and mustache flaunting turn on Jimmy Kimmel last month, this performance is slightly mor ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Video: Local cartoon studio Mighty Fudge animates "I Got Lenoed"

    Three not-evil Jay Lenos.​While Colorado doesn't boast that many animation studios, those we have are known to pack quite a punch. Take Mighty Fudge Studios, a Boulder operation that for the past eleven years, has been churning out Saturday morning-style cartoons with an adult twist by way of ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Wanda James's advice to critics of The Daily Show's Denver weed story: "Chill"

    Wanda James gets licked on "The Daily Show."​The Daily Show's send-up of the Denver medical-marijuana scene earlier this week didn't thrill everyone in the MMJ community. Westword marijuana critic William Breathes, in a post about what viewers didn't see, noted reading "blogs and posts from f ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Our updated medical-marijuana directory

    ​ Even the wiseacres at The Daily Show have noticed Denver's booming medical marijuana scene -- not to mention William Breathes, one of our MMJ critics. But Breathes isn't just a pretty face (albeit one whose mug was obscured by smoke and more during his Daily Show appearance) -- and he proves ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    The Daily Show smokes Denver's pot scene -- and our weed critic

    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 >>

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    April 26, 2010

    The Daily Show weighs in on South Park's Mohammad controversy

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    March 11, 2010

    Conan in Denver: Team Coco to unite at Macky Auditorium, Ellie Caulkins Opera House

    ​Breathe easy, Team Coco: Conan O'Brien's "Suck on This, NBC!" tour will stop in Denver/Boulder. Conan will do two shows in May: Sunday, May 9 at Boulder's Macky Auditorium and Monday, May 10 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, both at 8p.m. From the press release:

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    November 19, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Good for Laughs

    Originally from Longmont, humorist Kirsten Schaal returns for a set.

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    December 20, 2008

    Fray reveals track list for new album

    Update: The Jimmy Kimmel Live clip is posted after the jump. Isaac Slade (pictured above) and his bandmates in the Fray, who performed in the snow this past weekend at Vail's Snow Daze, have revealed the track list for the band's forthcoming self-titled album, which is due to be released here a ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    The Daily Show dubs the Rocky Mountain News a "small newspaper"

    In case you missed it, The Daily Show took on the print-journalism crisis the other night, with host Jon Stewart kicking off this particular "Depressing News Riddle" segment with the question, "What's black and white and completely over?" Yep, the answer was "newspapers," and the Rocky Mountain News ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Colorado-based pro-Palin blogger Adam Brickley has his eyes on a new prize

    Adam Brickley as he appeared a few months back on The Colbert Report. Blogger Adam Brickley was credited in many quarters -- including Comedy Central's The Colbert Report -- with helping Alaska governor Sarah Palin rise to national prominence via his website. (See his appea ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    The blog shortcut, October 14 edition

    Conan O'Brien and the Flobots' Andy Guerrero share a fashionable moment. Blogs away! Backbeat Online entertains and informs about stuff like the Flobots' appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Also on display: a preview of Roe's new recording, news about free tracks by Hello Kavita and a lo ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    MSNBC at the DNC: all aboard for goofiness

    Choo choo. MSNBC's headquarters for the Democratic National Convention can be found behind Union Station, which may explain why it looks disturbingly like part of Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. During the first Denver taping of The Daily Show during convention week, host Jon Stewart r ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Inside the first Denver taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is taping shows at the University of Denver's Newman Center Tuesday through Friday during DNC week, and after trying and failing to snag tickets through the show's website (admittedly, I started late), I figured I'd be watching it on TV like the majorit ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Bottleneck blues

    Lining up. As soon as Tuesday's taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart wrapped (read all about it here), I raced back to Westword's 10th and Broadway office, parked my car, and began the trek to the Pepsi Center for the evening's Hillary Clinton-centric spectacle. Earlier in the day, I'd walked ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Rewind: Flobots on Leno

    Wow. We had a considerably more difficult time tracking down a clip of Flobots performing on Leno last night than we did when they played on Last Call with Carson Daly. In fact, after trolling You Tube and refreshing our Google search every ten minutes or so, we came up completely short. Finally, ju ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    Oliver Twist

    The Daily Show's John Oliver on fake news and afflicting the comfortable.

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    March 19, 2008

    Q&A With The Daily Show's John Oliver

    When transcribing interviews, it's often helpful to the reader to note when either the inquisitor or the person answering the questions laughs - but not in the case of this Q&A with John Oliver, a British-born correspondent for The Daily Show, who visits Denver for two nights worth of standup gigs; ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    Halloween Humor

    The Comedy Works yuks it up.

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    December 12, 2006

    Shine On You Crazy Comics

    Colorado comedy continues to step into the limelight. This past Friday, John "Hippieman" Novosad (pictured) appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Hippieman, who had impressed Ferguson when he opened for the Scottish comedian at a Comedy Works gig in August, rocked it on the show, and ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    The Fray Plays On

    Last night, the Fray appeared on the Tonight Show for the second time in six months -- and just a week after the band was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Fray played "How to Save a Life" -- the title track from its debut -- with workman-like precision. In fact, the hometown boy ... More >>

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    July 11, 2006

    Fray to Go

    Props to the Fray, who performed last night on the Late Show with David Letterman, successfully finishing off the triumvirate of late-night talk shows. (We know, we know: The band has actually been on four post-prime-time gabfests, but honestly, can you really consider its appearance on the Late Lat ... More >>

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