Stand-up Comedy

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    October 24, 2014

    Hampton Yount on Conan, Depression and What to Expect at Sexpot Comedy Tonight

    Hampton Yount, a rising star on the national comedy circuit, will bring his hilarious laugh-attack to Sexpot Comedy at the Oriental Theater tonight, when Sexpot cofounder Andy Juett will be celebrating a birthday -- not to mention the imminent launch of and the upcoming one-year ann ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014
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    September 3, 2014

    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver this September

    As the year lumbers toward autumn and Denver shakes off its various summer-festival hangovers, our city's bleary-eyed revelers have few better live entertainment options this month than comedy. From a nice roster of comedy club headliners rolling through town, banner months for some of Denver's most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Adam Sank on Last Comic Standing and performing at nudist retreats

    Adam Sank is a nationally reknown comedian who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and VH1's Best Week Ever. In June, Sank debuted his one-man cabaret show Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show to sell out crowds, with another run planned for august. Westword caug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

    As the arrival of spring melts away the remaining sludge of the February doldrums, comedy blooms anew in Denver this March. With visits from veteran standups, hilarious newcomers, and a chance to see the stars of two of TV's funniest sketch comedy series in person, Denver has a vast and crowded fiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    David Sedaris and the true meaning of blue-collar comedy

    "Blue collar comedy" is often viewed as synonymous with words like "dumb," "cheap" and "Republican." It was largely co-opted by Jeff Foxworthy's low-brow comedy tour, and since then you really can't discuss the humor that comes out of labor-work without everyone assuming you have a Support the Troop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Homophobia's still going strong in 21st-century comedy

    Homophobia in popular culture began to fade in the '70s, and for the most part was dead and gone by the '90s. With music, it began with disco and was stomped to death by riot grrrl. In film it was exposed with Boys in the Band, and deemed passé with My Own Private Idaho. Art and fashion have been g ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2013
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Lucha Libre & Laughs will make wrestling funny on purpose this Sunday

    Simply put, Lucha libre is fun. Stand up comedy is fun. Put them together, and you have fun overload. The idea came to me after the 2012 Too Much Funstival, during which we put together a few tag team lucha libre matches from the MxW Pro Wrestling promotions before the stand up comedy and music at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Why does 103.1 want us to masturbate to standup comedy?

    The ultimate aim of good satire is to parody an unintentionally funny event as accurately as possible, while spicing it up with a little exaggeration and sarcasm. But sometimes the comedy gods throw you something so ridiculous, so shockingly unreal, that all you have to do is xerox it and say: Look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Tracy Morgan on drugs, Richard Pryor and the stigma of TV comedy

    While he may be world-famous and seven years sober, the streets of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn still ring in the voice of Tracy Morgan. Coming from a childhood of poverty and crack-dealing, Morgan built a respectable career in standup, performing on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before reaching TV mega-stardom on Satu ... 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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    May 30, 2013
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    May 23, 2013
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    May 16, 2013
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    May 13, 2013

    Ron White on gay marriage, marijuana and opening acts -- including Josh Blue

    While many comics will play to their political or cultural bases, Ron White is virtually impossible to pin down to any one audience. First rising to fame through the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, he became a hero to conservatives with his pro-death penalty and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Comedian Maria Bamford on anxiety, depression and avoiding hecklers

    Maria Bamford has long been a comedian of choice for those who enjoy offbeat humor grounded in absurdist, sharply observed character sketches. Over the last decade and a half, Bamford has raised her public profile with appearances on the Comedians of Comedy Tour, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    The ten best comedy events in May

    Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Chuck Roy on POTroast and his favorite public places to get high

    If you know Denver comedy, you surely know Chuck Roy. The former anchor of the satirical newscast The Crop Report -- an Onion News Network-style series of short sketches on marijuana, Roy is one of the most established names in Denver comedy, hosting an endless rotation of events at Comedy Works (af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland to record comedy albums at the Bug Theatre

    Local comics Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland are as well-known in the Denver standup scene as you can be without moving to L.A. and starring in a children's movie. After working their way up through the local ranks, Orvedahl and Cayton-Holland (the latter a former Westword scribe) launched L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Evolution of Comedy tackles funny beliefs

    Beliefs are funny things. From aliens to talking snakes, people believe in some pretty ludicrous stuff, and the rationalist comedians of The Evolution of Comedy tour are here to have fun with that. This Sunday, November 11, Ian Harris, Jason Resler and Maurice Northup will be at Comedy Works to riff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Fine Gentleman's Club to record album at Comedy Works on Halloween

    Known for their wild, unpredictable comedy nights at Deer Pile, as well as several open mics around town, the Fine Gentleman's Club comedy co-op will attempt to put chaos to order on Halloween, when they record a live album at Comedy Works. "One of my favorite comedy albums, Dave Attell's Skanks for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Too Much Funstival comedians on how Denver's scene has evolved

    "When I started doing comedy in Denver, there were about two open mikes a week and one alt show a month," says Bobby Crane, a member of the Fine Gentleman's Club. "And now there's more than one open mike every night of the week and three or four alt shows a month that are really good. I'd say in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Comedian Kelsie Huff on Boulder Fringe, the stand-up bug and insult-compliments

    Although comedian Kelsie Huff's new production at the Boulder Fringe Festival is titled This Show Might Be Terrible, her past hits suggest it will be anything but. Known for her Boulder Fringe Official Encore Award-winning shows Bruiser and Huffs, Huff is also a successful stand-up comedian who head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Comedian Christopher Titus on Dana Carvey, Sarah Palin and Killer Klowns

    Christopher Titus cut his teeth in comedy clubs in the '80s after having an epiphany as a teenager when he fell into a bonfire. But it wasn't until the late '90s when Titus -- whose comedy focuses on his upbringing in a highly dysfunctional family -- that Titus began to get more widespread traction. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Drew Carey on Johnny Carson, Troll 2 and the banality of bedroom sets

    Over his many years as a public (and bespectacled) face, 54-year-old funny man Drew Carey has paid his dues as a Marine, a stand-up comic, a sitcom star, an improv guru and, in his most recent incarnation, the on-air host of The Price Is Right. And on his current tour, Carey will not only offer some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Five great marijuana moments in standup comedy

    While many comedians themselves may prefer a stiff drink, marijuana has, for some time, been the drug of choice for comedy audiences. From Lenny Bruce's satirical pamphlet on the dangers of the herb, to sketch comedians like Cheech & Chong and Dave Chappelle building whole careers around it, enterta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Comedian Ron White on jokes, hecklers and stupid people

    Ron White is best known for his appearances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. But his signature cigar, glass of scotch and conversational delivery has made him popular with a wide audience. White uses his personal life and exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Sam Tallent talks about his comedy mixtape Joke Life, and his Fine Gentleman's Club

    Sam Tallent gave up the daily grind four years ago to focus on comedy. A full-time comedian since that jump-off, Tallent co-founded the Fine Gentleman's Club comedy troupe, a group that offers its Too Much Fun show every Wednesday night at the Deer Pile community space above City, O' City. In additi ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    January 6, 2011
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    May 29, 2009

    Q&A with Aisha Tyler

    Aisha Tyler suits up. Aisha Tyler may not be the complete package, but she comes a helluva closer than the average human. The Dartmouth grad's appeared in recurring roles on some of television's biggest hits, including Friends and 24, hosted Talk Soup back when that meant something, appeared in fil ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    November 14, 2007

    Q&A with Zach Galifianakis

    Westword's resident funny man recently sat down at a computer to send questions via e-mail to Zach Galifianakis, who sat down at a computer to answer them. Though he may have stood. The following is the correspondence: Westword (Adam Cayton-Holland): Hey, Zach, Adam Cayton-Holland here, writer for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 8, 2007

    Home on the Range

    Comedy gains a foothold in Stapleton.

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    January 11, 2007
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    November 21, 2006
  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Reverend Billy C. Wirtz

    Friday, November 11, Manny's Smokehouse, 303-292-6622; Saturday, November 12, Oskar Blues, Lyons, 303-823-6685.

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Get Up, Stand Up

    I set out to write a story on open-mike nights. But the joke was on me.

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