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Mara Wiles

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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 14, 2014

    27 Things Denverites Really Want Out-of-Towners to Know About the Mile High City

    There's a bizarre alternate reality on the Internet when it comes to Denver -- there's the city we know and the city being sold to out-of-towners through fake blogs on real estate websites, like this list: "27 Things People From Denver Have to Explain to Out-Of-Towners." The problem with these listi ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Three literary events for the week of July 28-August 3

    This week in the local lit world, you can learn everything you ever needed to know about sleep, laugh it up at a book-signing by a comedian who's taken to writing young-adult novels, or watch authors' stories come alive onstage -- and still have time to go home and get some of your own precious read ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014
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    May 28, 2014

    Andy Kindler on hack comics, his new CD and criticizing comedy from within

    Andy Kindler is widely known for his recurring roles on Bob's Burgers and Everybody Loves Raymond, but he's revered among comedy nerds for his scathing "State of the Industry" addresses at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, which in the past has included gems such as " ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    The six best shows in Denver from May 12 to May 15

    Now that our bonus day of winter has ended, the week's show schedule awaits. There are some good ones, including the debut of Ark Life at Greater Than Collective's Social Club at Lannie's this Tuesday. It's also the band's first show since announcing a partnership with the local label. Elsewhere, Pa ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this May

    Historically, the arrival of Mayday signaled a call for celebration, for dancing around maypoles and leaving fresh flowers on strangers' doorsteps. This month in Denver, comedy fans find themselves presented with a May Basket full of sun-ripened giggle blossoms to choose from all month long. The Q ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver in April

    April is a month of rejuvenation and light-hearted trickery, a season of pranks, afternoon showers, and street-sweeping tickets. The truly April foolish thing to do would be to miss out on the fine assortment of comedy shows in Denver this month. With a visit from the reigning ice queen of late nigh ... 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 >>

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    January 17, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), January 17-19

    You may be pinching pennies, but that doesn't mean you have to stay home and re-watch all seven seasons of Buffy on Netflix (though that does seem like a solid option). There are plenty of inexpensive activities in Denver this weekend, from art openings to a screening of Eraserhead. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013
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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 >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this November

    With three female comedians, three Davids (Spade, Chappelle, Sedaris) and a whole lot of masked wrestlers on the schedule, November is shaping up to be a delightfully eclectic month for Denver comedy. We have secret shows from Comedy Works, a Scottish wunderkind and another performance on the buddin ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Photographer Crystal Allen captures the inner humor of Denver comedians

    Because of chance employment as a waitress at Comedy Works, Crystal Allen found herself surrounded by comedians -- and her husband, Ben Roy, even became one. An aspiring photographer, Allen used this opportunity to starting capturing on film not just aspiring Denver performers, but some of the most ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Comedian Kristin Rand on spirituality, polyamorous hominids and cotton candy

    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 ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    High Plains Comedy Festival: Behind the scenes with Andy Juett

    We'd both been to some pretty amazing comedy festival setups ranging from Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon to the now defunct HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado and we both agreed that Denver deserved a truly sustainable festival that would be uniquely "Denver." We thought ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in Denver in August

    While previous summers have given comedy fans a handful of semi-decent shows to look forward to, this August is so packed with top-shelf talent that it's difficult to limit a list of the highlights to just ten shows. In the month ahead we have two female comedy duos, two local festivals, a bit of fo ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Kristin Rand and Mara Wiles debut Moxie, a new sketch-comedy duo

    Now recovered from her kidney transplant, Mara Wiles is teaming up with fellow comedian Kristin Rand in a new sketch comedy group, Moxie!, which debuts Saturday at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Although both Wiles and Rand are solo standup performers, they've also worked together before in the female ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Denver comedian Timmi Lasley hosts Denver Voice benefit tonight

    Over the last year Denver comedians have shown they're not the selfish bastards they sometimes claim to be, organizing several charity benefits for people like Mara Wiles and Mike Marchant. And tonight Timmi Lasley will keep that communal comedy spirit alive, hosting a benefit for the Denver Voice a ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Bryan Cook brings Erotic Fan Fiction competition to the Bug Theatre

    The Erotic Fan Fiction competition will bring its twisted competition to Denver this Thursday. Led by Bryan Cook, comedy writer for Joan Rivers's Fashion Police, the contest tasks professional comics to arrive with their own piece of erotic fan fiction on anything from Facts of Life to Of Mice and M ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Manuel Ramos on his Mile High noir novel and the gentrification of Denver's North Side

    Set in the depths of a Denver recession, Manuel Ramos' new novel follows Gus Corral as he gets caught up in a gritty world of warring gangs, murder and a missing religious artifact. Out now on Arte P├║blico Press, Desperado: A Mile High Noir uses the North Side of Denver as the backdrop for a thrill ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    April 24, 2013

    Impulse Theater benefit raises funds for comedian Mara Wiles's mounting medical bills

    Beloved Denver comedian Mara Wiles has received a heartwarming amount of support from the local comedy community in the face of her battle with lupus. Leading up to her kidney transplant last month, several benefit performances raised funds to help cover her mounting medical bills -- and while every ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Denver comics come clean on "clean comedy"

    Whenever an event promotes itself as "clean comedy," there are typically two reactions from comedy fans: They're either thrilled to have a funny night out that they can take their kids to (or, if you're a moralist, an event you can get through without crossing your arms in a that's-not-funny protest ... More >>

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    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 20, 2013

    Mara Wiles on her return to comedy following a kidney transplant

    Comedian Mara Wiles hasn't had it easy the last few years. After establishing herself as an intelligently goofy performer on the local comedy scene, she was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening kidney disorder that, to say the least, interrupted her ascending career as a standup. And Denver ... More >>

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    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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    December 5, 2012

    Timmi Lasley talks about LadyFace's An Office Christmas Party

    Like her sketch-comedy counterparts in Denver troupe LadyFace, Timmi Lasley is a versatile performer. The sketch comedian has been doing stand-up for the last three years, after paying her dues as a stage actor and getting a degree in theater. The acting expertise came in especially handy this year, ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    LadyFace's Chella Negro: Dick jokes are dead, but sketch comedy is alive and kicking

    Before forming LadyFace with friends Melanie Karnopp, Kristin Rand, Timmi Lasley and Mara Wiles, Chella Negro had never done comedy. The musician had clocked thousands of hours on stage as a singer-songwriter, though, and after hanging around the comedy crowd and hosting Denver's Ladies Laugh-In sta ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 11, 2012

    T.J. Miller talks Dane Cook, Denver comedy and eating mustard out of a can

    Denver native T.J. Miller is one busy comic. But even on the same day that his new comedy series, Mash Up, premiered on Comedy Central, Miller took the time to give us a call and chat about Hollywood success and why he still misses Denver. During our conversation, Miller was on the set where he's fi ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Kristin Rand, of the all-female comedy group Ladyface, talks standup versus sketch

    Now celebrating its one year anniversary, Denver's all-female sketch comedy group, Ladyface, has become a strong counterweight to the booming male stand-up scene, often hosting the boys from Grawlix and Fine Gentleman's Club in their sketch-comedy vignettes, and working the mic themselves as solo ac ... 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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    August 2, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, May 18-20, 2012

    The evenings are getting warmer here in the Queen City of the Plains, and that just means that more and more events are popping up. It's easy to go out on a budget this weekend, whether you enjoy biking to an adult prom, seeing surf-themed burlesque, or dancing at a pink party. As always, it's all l ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Lawrence Dai watches Julie & Julia for the 365th -- and last? -- time

    Lawrence Dai watched Julie & Julia for the first time one year ago today. Then he watched it again every single day for a year. And, of course, in Life 2.0 fashion, he decided to blog about it. Since November 29, 2010, Dai has racked up over 1,000 followers on Blogger, 700,000 page views and menti ... More >>

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