First Helen Thorpe's new book, Soldier Girls, got close to fifteen minutes of fame from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Then the "compelling" Soldier Girls rated an excellent review from the New York Times. And to make for a very unusual trifecta, Soldier Girls just made Book of the Week...in People? ... More >>
Plenty of people associate Helen Thorpe with her time as Colorado's first lady; she and Governor John Hickenlooper separated in 2012. But Westword readers also know her as a journalist and the author of the 2004 feature article "Head of the Class," which led to the best-seller Just Like Us. Thorpe' ... More >>
The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative's Adam Fox has kept us up to date on pro-Obamacare ads aimed at young, uninsured people -- a campaign doubters have alternately derided as "brosurance" and "hosurance" due images of dudes doing keg stands and a babe eager to take advantage of free birth contro ... More >>
Last night a Daily Show report by comedian Jason Jones reported on high levels of apathy among Colorado voters. Looking at statistics as well as conducting interviews on Denver's 16th Street Mall, Jones found that an overwhelming majority of people (80 percent) did not vote in last September's recal ... More >>
"I fired a manager after he said to me, 'Do something crazy and it'll get on YouTube and your career will take off!'" comedian Christopher Titus told me in an interview this summer. "I looked at him and was like, 'Really, that's your plan? Really?'" While Titus may be cynical about creating a phony ... More >>
As we all know by now, gluttony diplomat Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network last week after some weird details surfaced involving a plantation-themed wedding, where Deen allegedly wanted "a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in t ... More >>
Comedy festivals are the perfect antidote to a nasty breakup. Not only because laughing activates several different sections of the brain, strengthening neurons that lead to insight and emotional balance, but because so many comedians love to bitch about heartbreak. Like Morrissey records or the fil ... More >>
Demetri Martin's polished micro-jokes, nervous stare and intense appreciation of aesthetics have made him a welcome antidote to the wave of loud and sloppy comedians who have dominated the scene over the last decade. In advance of Martin's visit to Comedy Works South this Sunday for two shows (one i ... More >>
The first time John Oliver agreed to do an interview with Westword, Michael Roberts noted the utter futility of pointing out when either party -- but mostly the "humble scribe" -- laughed due to the ubiquitous chortles throughout. Five years later, Humble Scribe No. 2 (aka, yours truly), could have ... More >>
The most common byproduct of politics is high blood pressure, and no one experiences that kind of pre-stroke madness like standup comedian Lewis Black. With his shaky hands, bulging eyes and unbuttoned suit, Black often appears as an out-of-work schmuck who writes angry letters to the White House an ... More >>
Simply Pure, one of the local medical marijuana industry's most prominent edibles companies, has suspended operations -- because, says co-owner Wanda James, the inability to get banking services makes doing business untenable at this time. James has plenty to say about this situation, and she also s ... More >>
Video below.Politicians featured in comedy bits on The Daily Show don't usually draw attention to their appearances, given that they tend to come across as clueless bozos. But Senator Mark Udall's office actually wants constituents to watch the following video, about a provision of a defense ... More >>
Video below.Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes has gotten blurry-face time on loads of media outlets, from CNN to The Daily Show. But the latest profile can be found in an unusual place: The Daily, an iPad-specific venture launched by Fox-y titan Rupert Murdoch. In the video, ... More >>
Camping and Stewart.Billboards in Colorado and beyond warn that Judgment Day is coming May 21 -- at least according to the California-based Family Radio network, led by 89-year-old Boulder native Harold Camping. And according to a clip from last night's episode of The Daily Show on view below ... More >>
Video below.In yesterday's Colorado Civil Union Act preview, Senator Pat Steadman, SB 172's co-sponsor, expressed confidence about the proposal's Senate odds -- and the measure did indeed pass the judiciary committee. En route, though, an opponent ID'd by Fox31 as Rosina Kovar offered testimo ... More >>
Bubble hash.Butane, used as a solvent in making hash, is among the more controversial substances for medical marijuana users. Experts like Westword medical marijuana reviewer William Breathes, believe butane extracts are safe when done properly. But Wanda James, co-owner of the cannabis edibl ... More >>
Obama and Stewart.President Barack Obama's extended interview on last night's episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show had some unexpected Colorado flavor. Not only did he specifically mention Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who's in a difficult fight against Cory Gardner, but he also reference ... 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.
William Breathes on "The Daily Show."CNN's Poppy Harlow's interviews with countless influential business leaders -- from GM CEO Frtiz Henderson, to billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban -- are a popular feature on the cable news giant. So, I wonder where my interview yesterday with her will ra ... More >>
Wanda James gets licked on "The Daily Show."The Daily Show's send-up of the Denver medical-marijuana scene earlier this week didn't thrill everyone in the MMJ community. Westword marijuana critic William Breathes, in a post about what viewers didn't see, noted reading "blogs and posts from f ... More >>
Even the wiseacres at The Daily Show have noticed Denver's booming medical marijuana scene -- not to mention William Breathes, one of our MMJ critics. But Breathes isn't just a pretty face (albeit one whose mug was obscured by smoke and more during his Daily Show appearance) -- and he proves ... More >>
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 >>
Another look at William Breathes (that's actually editor Patty Calhoun's desk).For the last few weeks I've been curious as to how The Daily Show would use the three-plus hours of footage they got with me last month. I was paraded around the Westword office in a gas mask bong, got to burn a b ... 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 >>
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Even before today's celebration of International Cannabis Day commences in Civic Center Park at 9 a.m., this city's booming medical marijuana business has already inspired a number of out-of-town journalists to come to Denver to cover the event. And there will be plenty to report on today, b ... More >>
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 >>
An image from the ifartmobile.com website It's over -- and with nary a lawyer uttering this phrase: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you Exhibit A, 'The Butt Socket!'" The feud between the creators of two different iPhone fart apps -- Loveland-based InfoMedia, Inc.'s iFart Mobile an ... More >>
Originally from Longmont, humorist Kirsten Schaal returns for a set.
Somewhere between breakfast and a cup of coffee lays this middle ground of stupid -- food that isn't really food, but still seems appropriate to consume for the (allegedly) most important meal of the day. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show exposed the ridiculousness of the pancake-wrapped sausage years ... More >>
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cBurka Banthedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorEconomic Crisis Last night, Comedy Central aired a repeat of the July 1 Daily Show that included a segment with comedian Kristen Schaal (whom you might recognize from her role as obse ... 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 >>
In case you missed it, The Daily Show took on the print-journalism crisis the other night, with host Jon Stewart kicking off this particular "Depressing News Riddle" segment with the question, "What's black and white and completely over?" Yep, the answer was "newspapers," and the Rocky Mountain News ... More >>
And now, without further adieu... Today in Cafe Society: • A grand tax lien for the Grand Lux Cafe (pictured). • Le Central is even more affordable during happy hour. • Bad health reports, good pancakes at Children's Hospital. • Beer and Cheer takes the temperature of 2 Below Ale. • An of ... More >>
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On the off chance you're feeling nostalgic for the Democratic National Convention -- or, more likely, have six hours of Cubical Hell you're looking to kill -- we spent the morning perusing the videos at TheDailyShow.com and came up with the five best bits from the Daily Show's stay in Denver. Enjoy. ... More >>
Curl up and dye. Most of the blogging action in these parts can be found on The Latest Word today -- don't miss Joe Tone's Daily Show Denver week roundup and the third installment of Adam Cayton-Holland's obsessive series about former first daughter Monica Owens. Don't worry, Ms. O: He's (practic ... More >>
Choo choo. MSNBC's headquarters for the Democratic National Convention can be found behind Union Station, which may explain why it looks disturbingly like part of Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. During the first Denver taping of The Daily Show during convention week, host Jon Stewart r ... More >>
"When we pose, pretend like you're my best friend." In the midst of the ridiculous line to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, I found myself standing alongside none other than British-born comedian John Oliver, a correspondent for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart who I'd just enjoyed at the first o ... More >>
Lining up. As soon as Tuesday's taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart wrapped (read all about it here), I raced back to Westword's 10th and Broadway office, parked my car, and began the trek to the Pepsi Center for the evening's Hillary Clinton-centric spectacle. Earlier in the day, I'd walked ... More >>
The Daily Show, the Comedy Central staple starring Jon Stewart, will be staging programs at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver during the Democratic National Convention in August, and while it's usually free to attend such tapings, a couple of locals seem ready to ... More >>
Lizz Winstead remakes headlines on deadline.
Lizz Winstead, the subject of the following Q&A, is headlining five shows over two nights at the Comedy Works (click here for details), but she’s hardly the average standup comic. She co-created The Daily Show, one of the most influential comedy programs of the past decade-plus, serving as the pro ... More >>
The Daily Show's John Oliver on fake news and afflicting the comfortable.
When transcribing interviews, it's often helpful to the reader to note when either the inquisitor or the person answering the questions laughs - but not in the case of this Q&A with John Oliver, a British-born correspondent for The Daily Show, who visits Denver for two nights worth of standup gigs; ... More >>
It's been a long time coming, but the anti-ladies night activist has finally done something to deserve some sort of public honor. His tireless efforts to rid the world of sexist Ladies Night bar and club marketing ploys brought him national notoriety, which we have repeatedly, thoroughly and vigilan ... More >>
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