By Mark Masters When Judge split up in 1991, it was in response to the growing skinhead violence of the time and the antipathy of their own fan base. "It was a fucking bloodbath," recalls vocalist Mike Judge. "We were having to fight at what felt like every show. Sometimes it was the one tough guy ... More >>
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 >>
Formed in Tampa -- the home of death metal -- in 1984, Morbid Angel (due Friday, November 22, at the Bluebird Theater) may not have put out the subgenre's founding document (an honor generally bestowed on Possessed's 1985 masterpiece, Seven Churches), but it can rightfully be considered one of its p ... 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 >>
On last Thursday's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, comedian Jim Norton got in a verbal sparring match with Jezebel writer Lindy West. For the most part, their positions were fixed and predictable -- but rarely have two people in the reactionary careers of standup comic and feminist author achieve ... More >>
The disappointing news that the Grawlix pilot got the thumbs down from Amazon didn't keep Adam Cayton-Holland down for long. Just days later, he announced the August 23-24 High Plains Comedy Festival, which will raise the bar on previous summer comedy jams like Laugh Track and Too Much Funstival by ... More >>
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 >>
After ingesting almost nine straight hours of the newly revived Arrested Development series, I've come to two conclusions: 1) The cast and creators of AD still got it, and 2) This show was made for hermetic losers like me. The "story of a wealthy family who lost everything" was nothing but a mild cr ... More >>
While some TV series like The Office, Lost and The Simpsons carried on long after they lost the magic that originally captivated us, Arrested Development remained a razor sharp comedy right up to its 2006 cancellation. So it was no small Internet miracle when the news broke that Netflix would be fun ... More >>
Denver native T.J. Miller can be a polarizing character in his hometown. Many in the comedy community see him as a local hero who's helped bring national eyes to the scene; others think he's a bro-down braggart who erroneously claimed civic pride with his "Denver" music video. Either way, though, th ... More >>
Many hip-hop fans, those who love rap -- hell, even some rappers -- have an aversion to gangsta rap for its objectionable content. Common named the rise of gangsta rap as one of the many steps in hip-hop's downfall in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a sentiment that, of course, began a contentious relation ... More >>
With Blue Like Jazz, the screen adaptation of Donald Miller's New York Times best-selling book, Steve Taylor has done for film exactly what he did for music in the early to mid '80s -- namely, giving the staid world of Christian-centric art a much needed jolt of vitality. In the same way he riled th ... More >>
This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene. The Nix Bros. have been busy the last few years doling out comedy films of all shapes and sizes, from the patently absurd Rainbow Chasers, to the music ridiculo ... More >>
Have you seen Mike Judge's latest flick, Extract? No? Allow us to save you the trouble: The movie, which came out last year, is occasionally amusing; it's no where near as funny as Office Space or as incisive as Idiocracy. If anything, it leans far closer to the former in tone and texture. If ... More >>
Back again with more great Twits to follow for your burgeoning Twitter feed. As always, follow us at @denverwestword, @cafewestword, @westword_music and @casciato. @ChannelMassive: Gaming is rapidly becoming one of the main pastimes of our society. And since most mainstream media still just ... More >>
Damn, it feels good to see it again.
The Animation Show 4 goes deep.
WALL-E blasts off to the future by boldly going where every sci-fi movie's gone before. And that's a good thing.
Steel yourself for 2008 with a look back at the year's best scripts.
Saturday, February 24, Eck's Saloon, 303-989-2991.
Bandidas, Idiocracy, Extras, The Illusionist
Chihuly dazzles at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
In a year when small movies came up big, picking the top ten was a Payne.
The Animation Show
It's the Spy Kids in 3-D, but where are Mom and Dad?
This peculiar prequel isn't smart enough to be Dumberer.
Two years later, a digital-video short film became an overnight ad sensation
A self-sabotaging office worker makes the transition from stage to screen.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.