After the pilot's debut, comedians Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl thought their Amazon-produced Grawlix comedy series, Those Who Can't, was dead in the water. While two other shows were picked up, The Grawlix crew heard....nothing. But now Amazon has commissioned the Denver comedy ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Overhearing two pop-culturists argue about this comedy series, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a debate over gun-control or Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Passions can run high when a U.S. Office apologist clashes with a U.K. Office purist, leading to heated exchanges about whether Dav ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>
From the "In case you missed it" file: On Thursday's hilarious "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger" segment, viewable below, The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert weighed in on the fact that no students have signed up to live in CU-Boulder housing that allows guns -- a story our Sam Levin first report ... More >>
As usual, South Park's timing is impeccable. As the replacement refs debacle was finally being resolved, last night's season premiere, "Sarcastaball," featured satirical jabs at the NFL, officiating, commissioner Roger Goodell, the Broncos, Peyton Manning and the Denver cheerleaders, re-dubbed the W ... More >>
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 >>
The Laugh Track Comedy Festival had a strong debut last night at the Bug Theatre, featuring eleven local and out-of-state comics that slaughtered the audience with a blend of hyper self-loathing and irreverent politics. The festival continues through Saturday nigh, delivering a seemingly endless la ... More >>
Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. Joe Coors, your average local candidate for Congress who is not a beer, appears to be trying to secure support from an unusual ... More >>
One Direction is at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday, July 24...2013! You read that right -- next summer. Wow! Talk about getting a jump on things. Hot on the heels of its mind-changing performance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, the U.K.-based neo-boy band (the hottest thing to cross the pon ... More >>
Video below.Denver International Airport conspiracy theories just got a boost from one Stephen Colbert. Last night, as part of The Colbert Report's preview to 2012, and those Mayan prophecies that are supposed to spell our doom, he intoned the phrase, "When the end times come, the last words ... More >>
Last night's "All Glory to the Hypnoquiz: an all-Futurama Event " at Rackhouse Pub, sponsored by Geeks Who Drink, was a pretty raucous time, and I definitely debunked the myths that geeks can't drink, party, be hot or win things. The evening didn't turn out exactly how I wanted -- my team lo ... More >>
Our post about the I'm a Mormon billboard campaign in Denver has spurred some intriguing theological back and forth. Here's the take of a reader who places what she sees as discrimination against Mormons in a historical context, using the name of someone who's already history.
Matt Stone.Eighteen years ago this week, Westword published my interview with CU students Trey Parker and Matt Stone about their in-progress film Alferd Packer: The Musical. Did I predict in that piece that they'd someday create an acclaimed Broadway show? Sadly, no -- but the South Park crea ... More >>
Hulu's latest thematic bundling of its online TV content takes the form of a bracket trying to determine the best show on TV. It's a great idea, generally, but it depends on fan voting. So, get excited for the finals showdown between Glee and Modern Family. As with all brackets, it's most exc ... More >>
Mary Louise-Parker.Yesterday, we shared details from the latest episode of the Showtime series Weeds, which satirized the medical marijuana scene in Colorado, not to mention parents forced to attend kiddie concerts. But one of our commenters, identified as Anonymous, wasn't laughing. Indeed, ... More >>
Not Josh McDaniels.Heads up, producers of The Daily Show. Last night, Channel 31 reported a story about the theft of 150 garden gnomes that's ready-made for your particular brand of satire. Only flaw? The Fox 31 crew isn't as good at keeping a straight face as are Jon Stewart and company.
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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 >>
"What a long strange trip it has been," state senator Chris Romer wrote early this morning, at the end of a note with his latest round of proposed changes for the bill that would drastically restructure this state's medical marijuana industry. The Colorado Legislature has just seven more day ... More >>
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
It had to happen. For the past year, Denver has been living up to its billing as the Mile High City, hitting new heights daily as the medical-marijuana business shows no signs of slowing down. And now, inevitably, The Daily Show has come to town to profile our booming dispensary industry. T ... More >>
Carol "Chay" Burdick in her previous appearance on The Colbert Report.Yesterday, we let you know that an upcoming trial in which Boulder's Carol "Chay" Burdick would face off against the landlord who told her to remove a marshmallow Peeps Easter display or face eviction had been delayed until ... More >>
Carol "Chay" Burdick as she appeared on "The Colbert Report:" Peep this.On March 30 and 31, a trial in Boulder County Court will tackle an issue of tremendous importance -- one that could impact the way in which all Americans worship and celebrate a higher power. Peeps. The case involves Ca ... More >>
Rosanne Cash's The List, which features cameos by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Tweedy, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout for the week ending November 15. Bad Weather California's Young Punks came in second, Jerry Garcia's 1975 live recording Let it Rock nab ... More >>
The Flaming Lips' latest effort, Embryonic, grabbed the spot at Twist & Shout for the second week in row while Flight of the Conchord and Lyle Lovett came in second and third. Monsters of Folk's debut and Shrinebuilder's new self-titled album round out the top five for the week ending October ... More >>
Jared Polis sucking one down on "The Colbert Report."Representative Jared Polis' decision to beer bong a Coors Light during a Monday appearance on The Colbert Report was hilarious, but it also carried the risk of political consequences. As of yesterday morning, commentators in politically cor ... More >>
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cEven Better-er Know a District - Colorado's 2nd - Jared Poliswww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep It's one of those TV moments when you're thinking, "He won't do that. He wouldn't possibly do that." And then he doe ... More >>
Razr photo by Michael RobertsJohn Oliver in a giant queue, as he would call it. 'Cause his British, you see. John Oliver, who headlines at Comedy Works South tonight and tomorrow, returns to Denver after spending a week here in August making the Democratic National Convention funnier along with his ... More >>
Parks and Recreation, the new NBC city-government sitcom starring Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler, boasts a few local connections. For one thing, the show's bore-tastic logo for its fictional City of Pawnee is a spot-on remake of a controversially bland new logo proposed for Fort Collins last y ... More >>
Adam Brickley on The Colbert Report. Colorado blogger Adam Brickley has been given credit in many quarters -- and on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report -- for helping to boost Alaska governor Sarah Palin into the Republican vice presidential slot via his website, PalinForVP.blogspot.com. But foll ... More >>
Find out whats so funny about art at an Artposium.
Adam Brickley on The Colbert Report As pointed out in an August 30 Latest Word blog, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs student blogger Adam Brickley is being given credit in many quarters for being the first to envision Alaska governor Sarah Palin as a Republican vice-presidential candidate ... More >>
Judah Friedlander shows viewers the funny in plenty of different venues, including the laugh-inducing NBC sitcom 30 Rock and movies such as the upcoming Eddie Murphy vehicle Meet Dave, not to mention stand-up gigs like his impending four-night run at the Denver Improv (get details here). He ties all ... More >>
The Daily Show's John Oliver on fake news and afflicting the comfortable.
TJ Miller is a star in his tighty whities.
Before Gustavo Arellano started appearing in the pages of Westword, he appeared on The Colbert Report. To watch, click on the control below.
FEMA's Michael Brown fumbles his fifteen minutes of fame.
Beneath his deranged exterior, Lil Jon is a man with a plan.
Comic Lewis Black brings his comedy back to Colorado.