Comedy

The Ten Best Comedy Events in November

Jerry Seinfeld headlines at the Bellco Theatre on Friday, November 16.
Jerry Seinfeld headlines at the Bellco Theatre on Friday, November 16. Courtesy of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
While the holiday shopping season is just days away, Denver comedy remains a gift that keeps on giving giggles all year round. November's comedic offerings are no exception; the days ahead are replete with well-produced local shows, innovative performers and benedictions from legends of the stage and screen. Keep reading for the ten best comedy shows in Denver this month.

Eddie Griffin
Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3; shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Denver Improv
Imagining the evolution of comedy without the wild-eyed influence of Eddie Griffin is a bleak and joyless prospect. After making a career-launching television debut on HBO's One Night Stand back in 1992, Griffin emerged as a titan of the stage, as well as a reliable source of comic relief in movies like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Undercover Brother and Redline; he also has a small but pivotal dramatic role in the current blockbuster remake of A Star Is Born. Like his idol Richard Pryor (whom Griffin has portrayed twice on screen), the fearlessly honest comedian mines his struggles for laughter on classic standup specials like Voodoo Child, DysFunktional Family and his most recent hour, Undeniable, which premiered on Showtime in early 2018. See Griffin set fire to the Denver Improv stage; for more info and tickets, $40-55, visit the Denver Improv box-office page.

click to enlarge 8-Bit Comedy host Jo Kimbrell. - PHINNIUS PACKADERM
8-Bit Comedy host Jo Kimbrell.
Phinnius Packaderm
8-Bit Comedy
Saturday, November 3, 8 p.m.
Tilt! Pinball

Mirth mavens and pinball wizards unite at 8-Bit Comedy, an evening devoted to those dovetailing interests. Hosted by local standup Jo Kimbrell, the monthly showcase rings in its venue's one-year anniversary with a lineup that includes Arielle Kaplan, Ralph Grate, Nathan Lund and headliner Sam Tallent. Don't fear that the show will be drowned out by whirs and pings; Louisville's Tilt! Pinball has a separate events space so that neither the crowd nor the comedians are distracted as fellow patrons get their game on in the adjacent room. Tickets are $8 to $10 on Eventbrite or $15 at the door; find more details on the Tilt! Pinball home page.


Polite Tumor's Night of Humor
Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m.
Dazzle

People may think there's nothing funny about breast cancer, but that's only because they've never met comedian Sofiya Alexandra, a devastatingly witty survivor who turned to the catharsis of standup to cope with an unthinkable diagnosis. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief and emotional support for women fighting breast cancer, the organization Polite Tumor is welcoming the Los Angeles-based comic to headline the second annual Night of Humor, a show guaranteed to make every guest "laugh their tits off." The festivities include live ’90s music mashup from Duck and Cover and a wide array of boob paddles. VIP passes have already sold out, and a scant few $45 general admission tickets remain, so make haste to Polite Tumor's events page to buy yours and learn more.


Sean Patton
Thursday, November 8, through Saturday, November 10 (showtimes vary)
Comedy Works Downtown

A tirelessly inventive performer capable of spellbinding crowds with sheer will, Sean Patton expands the boundaries of what standup can achieve. He's amassed an impressive list of on-screen credits on shows like Comedy Central's The Half Hour, This Is Not Happening and Those Who Can't, but nothing beats watching Patton connect with a live audience in real time. Luckily, readers have five chances to do just that at Patton's headlining engagement at the downtown Comedy Works. Buy tickets, $16 to $24, and learn more on the Comedy Works box-office page.



Mile High Movie Roast: Footloose
Friday, November 9, 7:40 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Littleton)

Kick off your Sunday shoes and get ready to giggle as the profoundly silly yet irresistibly tuneful Footloose gets the Mile High Movie Roast treatment. The Kenny Loggins-soundtracked tale of a fleet-footed rebel who boogies in defiance of scowling, dance-hating John Lithgow, the 1984 film offers a heaping helping of Kevin Bacon at his most sizzling, and it also happens to be particularly ripe for ridicule. Join Mile High Movie Roast creator Harrison Rains and guest comic Timmi Lasley at a comedy show that replicates the singular experience of watching a bad movie with an especially witty friend. For tickets, $12.50, and more information, go to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's box-office page.
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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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