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  • News

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    The anachronistic anarchy of Archer, television's best comedy

    If you aren't watching Archer, you are missing out on television's best comedy. The animated spy spoof -- think Austin Powers, minus that franchise's fundamental stupidity and tendency to recycle its best jokes until they are painfully unfunny -- brings a lot to the table. The cast is excellent, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Semyon Varlamov's girlfriend: Avs goalie was laughing when he beat me

    Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on charges that he beat and stomped his girlfriend; see our previous coverage below. Now, we have much more information about the case, including an arrest report detailing the alleged brutality in chilling detail, ... More >>

  • Film

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Halloween: Geekdom's official holiday

    Everyone has their holiday. Romantics love Valentine's Day. For Christians and capitalists, nothing satisfies like Christmas. And geeks? For us, Halloween is as good as it gets. If there was an official holiday of geek culture, Halloween would definitely be it. See also: How Stephen King scared me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Marijuana sniff-test proposal recriminalizes pot, invites lawsuits, critic says

    Yesterday, the Denver City Council's Amendment 64 committee considered proposed marijuana ordinance amendments that include what critics have branded a "sniff test." The city makes its case via several new documents shared below -- including one that includes a photo of Moe from The Simpsons showing ... 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

    September 23, 2013

    Jim Breuer on God, weed and the death of Chris Farley

    Known as a blitz-eyed giggler from Half Baked, or the animal-hybrid, nostalgia talk-show host Goat Boy from Saturday Night Live, Jim Breuer has been subtly shifting his comedy content over the last five years, relating stories of domestic life and spiritual yearning through his autobiography and doc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Jon Lovitz on Obama, The Simpsons and playing likable jerks

    A wild-mannered legend of comedy history, Jon Lovitz has created a mid-tempo career with roles on The Simpsons and in movies like Casino Jack and Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks since his unforgettable years as a pathological liar and Jewish Santa on Saturday Night Live. Rarely a leading man and at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts opening a shop this fall

    Josh Schwab's doughnuts may be glazed, but he's not confused about where his business is going. After nearly a year of selling doughnuts at farmers' markets and a few cafes, the owner of Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts is ready to open the doors of a new brick-and-mortar shop this fall. And as his dou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    High Plains Comedy Festival explodes in Denver -- and the jokes still echo

    Like an infant growing into an Olympian athlete overnight, this weekend the Denver comedy scene went from an impressive-but-small collection of local talent to a nationally recognized force with its own annual rendezvous. The High Plains Comedy Festival was more than just a killer weekend of ab-crun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    July 24, 2013

    Roseanne Barr on class, gays and Denver comedy in the '80s

    Never one for settling down, Roseanne Barr has kept very busy since her days changing the face of TV and women's comedy with her hit sitcom. In the last two years alone, she's starred in a reality TV show about her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, run for president, and been roasted on Comedy Central. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell, Botanic Gardens, 7/20/13

    STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL @ DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS | 7/20/13 Watching Steve Martin riff on stage at the Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield, it was easy to see how he sold out stadiums with his stand-up comedy in the '70s. Martin came prepared with an arsenal of one-liners and sight gags, a well-ho ... More >>

  • Film

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Arrested Development Season 4: Relax, it's not terrible

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Lessons from Amy's Baking Company: Five lousy things restaurant owners do to employees

    By now everyone who isn't hiding in a television-free cave has heard about the Kitchen Nightmares episode featuring Amy's Baking Company (an Arizona pizza place with bad food and worse owners) that was so ugly and combative that Gordon Ramsay walked away. This may have been the only episode I've see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Arrested Development: Five most wonderfully awkward themes in the first three seasons

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Comedian John Caparulo on being smart to appear dumb

    A lot of comedy audiences have an Us vs. Them attitude regarding what standups to like; they feel they have to decide between David Cross or Larry The Cable Guy. And while this attitude would usually push comedian John Caparulo into the latter category (he's critical of healthy eating and people who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Reader: How are Arby's and other chains still in business when they serve such crud?

    What are the worst fast-food joints in the country? Last week Jenn Wohletz offered her list of five chain restaurants that should be put in chains, for various crimes against humanity, good taste -- and often any taste at all. One of the culprit's? Arby's, which reminded a reader when "one of the k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap, on portion size, pastry and Pepsi

    TJ Hobbs Ghost Plate & Tap 800 18th Street 303-297-1738 This is part one of my interview with TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap; part two of our interview will run tomorrow. TJ Hobbs remembers rushing through dinner to watch The Simpsons. It's not that his parents couldn't c ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2013
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    January 24, 2013

    Comic Adam Cayton-Holland booked for Conan January 29

    Denver comic and former Westword scribe Adam Cayton-Holland will be making his standup debut on TBS's Conan next Tuesday, January 29. "This is my first appearance on a late-night TV show," Cayton-Holland tells us. "I did a small spot on the TV show Happy Endings, but yeah, in terms of late night and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Photos: The women of Denver Comic Con

    The stereotype of comic book readers as overweight, nerdy men has been pounded into bits since Comic Book Guy made his debut on The Simpsons more than 20 years ago. That much was evident this past weekend at the first-ever Denver Comic Con, held at the Colorado Convention Center. Christopher Morgan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Sarah Polzin's Side Show Studio is a real coming attraction

    If you're wandering through Santa Fe's First Friday Art Walk, be sure to stop at 747 Santa Fe Drive and take a look at the words "Clown Town" in bright blue L.E.D. lights up in a second-floor window. That's the home of the Side Show Studio, an out-of-the-way gallery that just celebrated its one-year ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011


    I Can't Believe It's Not Better!

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    The Simpsons Preview: "The Food Wife," with (bleep) Ramsay, Bourdain, Batali and more

    Quick! Can you name the celebrity chefs?​ This Sunday night, at 8 p.m. on FOX, The Simpsons will dish up a food-centric episode, in which oh-my-god! star chefs Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay all appear in animated cameos. It's all part of a weird dream that Marge has about s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    The Simpsons gives Aron Ralston, 127 Hours one-armed salute in "Treehouse of Horror"

    Video below.​Colorado's own Aron Ralston may have thought he'd received the ultimate tribute when the movie 127 Hours was made about his famous arm-amputating ordeal. But that's nothing compared to being satirized on The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween spectacular, which aire ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2011
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    October 21, 2011

    Top ten Twilight Zone references in pop culture

    ​The groundbreaking sci-fi series The Twilight Zone is still socially relevant, and it's also inspired much social satire since it first appeared on television sets in 1959. The homage and spoofs range from many Simpsons episodes to a Melvins song to the Theater Company of Lafayette's Return t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Good Times hires Cheech and Chong to promote its green (chili)

    The marketing department for Golden-based Good Times swears that their partnership with stoner comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong for local radio ads had nothing to do with the boom in medical marijuana in Colorado. Apparently nobody told that to Cheech and Chong, though.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Reader: How could you forget Homer's low-fat exploding eclair?

    ​Tom Colicchio -- or a reasonable facsimile -- will guest star on The Simpsons later this month, which inspired our look back at some of the great Simpsons food scenes. Wonders Wratha: How could you not include any scenes from the episode where Homer is a food critic? The "low fat" exploding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Tom Colicchio's Simpsons cameo reminds us of these great food scenes

    ​Recent reports provide illustrated proof that Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio will make an appearance on the premiere episode of the 23rd season of The Simpsons. Apparently, Marge wants to be a Top Chef contestant. (Oh, Marge, so adorable!) Which got us thinking about all the memorable scenes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Feds out of voucher money for digital conversion boxes, so I guess I'm quitting television.

    Well, the deadline for the big television conversion to digital is only a month away and I missed my shot at getting the government vouchers for the converter box. Last week, the Commerce Department announced they had hit the $1.34 billion funding limit set by Congress for the coupon program, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Geek in the Galley: Another spoonful of Urbanspoon on iPhone

      Okay, so I already wrote about the urbanspoon iPhone app, but just after I filed that blog, I went out back for a smoke (brrrr) with Sean, the IT guy who first introduced me to the gadget in question, and he showed me a couple other sweet (and marginally creepy/nerdy) things it can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    In hog heaven at Big Papa's BBQ

    After my recent Second Helping on Big Papa’s BBQ, one of my favorite barbecue joints, I received this missive from Big Papa himself: I'm glad you like my BBQ (particularly the baby backs). I'll tell my mom that you think her potato salad recipe is bland. You should get to know my kitchen a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Last Night: The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya at the Fillmore Auditorium

    Allen Toussaint. The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya Fillmore Auditorium August 24 It was clear that the New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya, a fundraiser co-sponsored by the Friends of New Orleans featuring some of the biggest and best names in Louisiana music, differed from the typical live-perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Last Night: The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya at the Fillmore Auditorium

    Allen Toussaint. The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya Fillmore Auditorium August 24 It was clear that the New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya, a fundraiser co-sponsored by the Friends of New Orleans featuring some of the biggest and best names in Louisiana music, differed from the typical live-perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    The Green Machine

    As reported in Off Limits this week, absinthe is now legal in the United States! And I don’t mean that phony shit that’s like anisette dyed green or that Eastern European stuff that tastes like cough syrup or that legally gray gunk shipped under cover and marketed specifically for its brain-blis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    Love, Television Style

    Romance on TV generally sucks. Soap Operas ruin most of it, since love can't be an ending on a show that never ends—so nothing ends happily, no one stays together, no one can resist the wiles of a hermaphroditic demon patch-eyed midget. But the regular network offerings don't do much better. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners From 1994

    In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Matthew Murray’s Nightmare of Christianity

    The gunman who killed four young people in Arvada and Colorado Springs despised his own deeply fundamentalist upbringing but couldn’t quite escape it. Even while quoting copiously from the Web rantings of Columbine killer Eric Harris (“God, I can’t wait until I can kill you people”) in his o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Last Night ... Eyedea and Abilities, Sector 7G, Abzorbr, and Maneline @ The Marquee Theatre

    Eyedea and Abilities with Sector 7G, Abzorbr, and Maneline December 3, 2007 Marquee Theatre Independent hip-hop, like all indie music, usually falls into one of two categories: Talented, boundary-pushing, cultishly adored stalwarts occupy one corner; wanky, pretentious, self-satisfied duesh bags cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007

    Regina Spektor Talks... and Talks... and Talks

    As interview subjects, musicians tend to fall into a handful of predictable categories: the kind that offer canned answers, the sort who fall back on cliches, the ones just waiting for something to offend them, those who actually listen to each question and try to answer in a fresh way (those are th ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 16, 2006

    Campo de Fiori

    Making sacrifices