Stand-up Comedy

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    July 2, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver this July

    July days, with their sweltering afternoons and late evening sunsets, are filled with a kind of sun-dappled shapelessness; days once described by Ada Louise Huxtable as "jeweled balm for the battered spirit." Balming the battered is also a standup comedian's job description, and this month promise ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver in June

    As midsummer approaches at its leisurely flip-flopped gait, comedy fans have a full calendar of laugh appointments ahead. While almost nothing can compete with the natural splendor of a languid June evening spent outdoors in Denver, only a jejune goon would miss out on these fine shows. Besides, at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Kayvan Khalatbari bankrolls Denver comedy with marijuana and pizza

    While the national media may know Kayvan Khalatbari as a thirty-year-old wunderkind of cannabis, with a consulting firm that takes him around the country, many in Denver just know him as the guy who pays them to talk on stage. Khalatbari also owns a couple of Sexy Pizza restaurants, and significant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Ten best comedy events in Denver in December

    This holiday season, the heathen's tree of Denver comedy is stocked with gifts for every kind of chuckle fan. Denver and its surrounding area are blessed this December with a live paranormal podcast recording, a rare post-90s Bill Bellamy sighting, a visit from High Times 2009 Stoner of the Year, fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Keenen Ivory Wayans on Dave Chappelle, In Living Color and Jehovah's Witnesses

    As much an icon of African-American comedy as Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans pioneered a new style of televised sketch comedy with In Living Color, introducing mainstream Americans to the stylish humor of early '90s black culture. The show also launched the careers of Jim Carrey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Mike Birbiglia on funny sadness and self-deprecating comedy

    Mike Birbiglia is not interested in your laughter. Or at least, that's not all he's interested in. While most comedians shy away from long-form jokes -- for fear of not getting any laughs and being stuck with a sinking ship for ten minutes -- Birbiglia is all about the long-term relationship with hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Denver comedian Dave Shirley makes the second round of America's Got Talent

    Denver's Dave Shirley has taken his multi-faceted act of magic, juggling, comedy and music from busking on the Sixteenth Street Mall to performing for NBC's America's Got Talent. After years of street performances and depressing corporate gigs, Shirley built his own sketch comedy club, The Rattlebra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Randy Sklar of The Sklar Brothers on Seinfeld, sports nerds and Adult Swim

    The Sklar Brothers stand apart in the current comedy scene with their unique style of two-man storytelling and accessibly nerdy material. Primarily known for their hilariously analytical take on sports with ESPN's Cheap Seats and the History Channel's Freakanomics-style look at U.S. data, The United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Standup ShaNae Ross on clean comedy, Denver's best venues and being the "Butt Girl"

    ShaNae Ross doesn't tell dirty jokes. She doesn't get political, unless you count poking fun at racial differences as she does in a bit where she asks the audience to guess an imaginary person's race based on their name. She also doesn't approach religion, despite having a religious background. Ross ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Dave Attell gets nasty about metrosexuals, masturbation and marijuana

    While he's definitely a throwback to another era of standup comedy, Dave Attell's debased style of humor still resonated with the crowd at Comedy Works South Saturday night. Deadpanning about vegan strip clubs, Chinese youth assembling sex toys, and what illegal Mexicans can bring to the game of bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Comedian Dave Attell on Insomniac, Marc Maron and vintage porn nerds

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    A guide to DIY comedy tours with the Fine Gentleman's Club

    Interstate comedy tours have typically been the métier of famous names capable of drawing big crowds and veterans of the club circuit. Many obstacles stand in the way of aspiring comedians eager to earn their living on the road, from bookers who are unwilling to take a chance on an unknown commodit ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Louie C.K.: Five examples of his twisted comic wisdom

    Like Lenny Bruce in the '60s, George Carlin in the '70s or Bill Hicks in the '90s, Louie C.K. could go down as the premier comic of this decade. His standup specials have not only changed the course of comedy material, but have changed the business of stand-up comedy. C.K. will be performing to a so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Book of Mormon's Matt Stone and Trey Parker: Not the time to joke about Aurora shooting

    It's been a tough few months for Colorado, and homestate heroes Matt Stone and Trey Parker know it. On Tuesday, the South Park creators talked to press at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House about their latest success, the hugely popular and distinctly brazen comic musical The Book of Mormon, which opens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Q&A: Charlie Murphy is invading Comedy Works March 1-3

    Charlie Murphy is returning to Denver with Charlie Murphy's Acid Trip Tour for a three day stint at the Comedy Works in Larimer Square. Westword recently spoke with Murphy to see what he enjoys most about comedy.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Kevin Nealon on filming his new Showtime special and his wine-drinking fans

    Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine seasons of Saturday Night Live and his role on the hit Showtime series Weeds. But what some don't know is that Nealon has been a steady stand-up comic throughout his career, doing bits on things like how he doesn't actually smoke weed and his fear of chimp att ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 16, 2012

    Andrew Orvedahl: 2012 MasterMind award winner

    Founder of "The Narrators," a live storytelling night

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    April 18, 2009

    There's no business like snow business: Cayton-Holland show postponed

    The Wrist Deep Crew -- Adam Cayton-Holland, Greg Baumhauer, Ben Roy and Jim Hickox -- were supposed to be at Rockbar tonight for "Slumming It: A Night of Live Comedy at Rockbar."But the game's been called on account of rain. "Slumming It" has been rescheduled for May 2; for more information, call 30 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    Slumdog Millionaires

    Give Wrist Deep Productions a hand.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Today's Night & Day featured event: Bo Burnham kids around at the Comedy Works South

    You might think he's just another Internet wonder, but teen comedian/musician Bo Burnham is determined to prove he's for real... and he's doing it in the flesh. The fresh-faced and openly gay performer, who first garnered mass attention (to the tune of two-million hits) for his YouTube video "My Who ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Girl Power

    It’s all women — and all funny — tonight at Comedy Works.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Rocky Mountain News Almost Lets George Carlin Swear

    For George Carlin, "B.S." was "bullshit." The Rocky Mountain News' profanity policy isn't exactly a paragon of consistency. In quoting a pithy comment made by Colorado Republican Party leader Dick Wadhams, the paper spelled "ass" as "a--". And yet a site search turned up asses aplenty. The word, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Comedian Bill Burr, of Chapelle's Show fame, works Comedy Works this weekend

    Chappelle's Show veteran and all-around funny guy Bill Burr is stopping at Comedy Works this weekend. We caught up with Burr just after the recent earthquake in Los Angeles. Westword (Amber Taufen): How are you? Bill Burr: Well, I just got back from vacation, and we just had a nice earthquake here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Ben Kronberg to Appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    “I’m trying to keep it in perspective,” says standup comedian and Denver expat Ben Kronberg of his upcoming, stand-up comedy set on Jimmy Kimmel Live, airing Wednesday night on ABC at 11 p.m MST. “But I also want to be able to function with its full potential. I really just hope it makes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2008

    Minor League Hockey All-Star Fest Begins Today

    The 2007-2008 CHL All-Star Game - Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15th and 16th, Broomfield Event Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane. Like Best Actress in a straight to DVD movie, the term “Minor League All-star” might sound like a backhanded compliment. But for those who wear the jersey of the Bossi ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 13, 2007

    Up and Coming

    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

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    December 6, 2007

    Hooked on Humor

    The Comedy Addiction Tour plays a serious subject for laughs.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007

    What Is Michael Ian Black Elk Speaks, Alex?

    If you only recognize Michael Ian Black as the talking head on VH1 or the guy hawking Sierra Mist between first downs, than you have truly been missing out. And you're an idiot. Because although those appearances are certainly smirk-inducing, Black is a bona fide alternative-comedy superhero, dishin ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007
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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 >>

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    You're My Boy, Blue

    Before he was the Last Comic Standing, he was a Westword cover.

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    February 23, 2006
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    October 6, 2005


    Comic Dane Cook swings for the fences with ease.

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    July 7, 2005

    Bigfoot Speaks!

    Furrier is funnier.

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    March 31, 2005

    The Cho-sen One

    Margaret Cho raises her political flag.

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    December 2, 2004

    First Comic Touring

    John Heffron stands tall in the world of standup.

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    October 21, 2004

    Laugh Along With Mitch

    Mitch Hedberg is ready to laugh till it hurts.

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    But Seriously, Folks

    Five local comics tell all.

  • Culture

    August 30, 2001

    Back to School

    Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks grow up, more or less, and move to a dorm.

  • Film

    August 17, 2000

    Comic Relief

    The Original Kings of Comedy stars some very black humor.

  • Film

    March 2, 2000

    Alien Nation

    Garry Shandling spaces out in What Planet Are You From?

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