The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in June

Paula Poundstone headlines the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, June 18.
Paula Poundstone headlines the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, June 18.

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The Laugh Night on Earth
Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Barfly (at Alamo Drafthouse Denver)

Although it's been open for less than a month, the new Alamo Drafthouse location in Sloan's Lake is already making waves in the local arts community. The Austin-based franchise has fostered relationships with local comics throughout its Mile High Movie Roast series, but the Laugh Night on Earth, the latest effort from perpetually busy comedian Zac Maas, brings the comedy out of the auditorium and into Barfly, an inviting lounge nestled into the new space. With custom cocktails and a rotating roster of 32 different Colorado brews on tap, Barfly is an ideal space for unwinding with a drink after a movie or, more important, catching a free comedy show. Maas will kick things off in fine style with an inaugural lineup including local mirth merchants Cody Spyker, Janae Burris and A.J. Finney. Unlike most local comedy shows, the jokes start flying promptly at 7 p.m., so the organizers recommend arriving early to secure seats. Visit the Laugh Night on Earth Facebook event page to learn more.

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Ratio Comedy
Ratio Comedy: The Doom Room
Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.
Ratio Beerworks

Ratio Comedy staple the Doom Room calls upon comedians to be funny, absent the safety net of their joke books, and riff on a random assortment of topics that pop up on the nearby screen of doom, all while being heckled by the Darth Vader-esque voice of doom (Lucha Libre & Laughs' Nick Gossert). It's a steep challenge, wherein some of the performers ride a wave of laughter from the beery crowd and others crumble by the second prompt. For a performer, the show is a nerve-racking trial by fire, but for audiences who love a healthy dollop of schadenfreude with their jokes, there's no better show in town. Imported to Denver after originating in an Omaha dive bar, the Doom Room has cropped up in a number of different venues around town, everywhere from Crossroads Theater to the basement of 3 Kings. (Remember when there were comedy shows there?) This month's lineup features co-creator Ian Douglas Terry along with Nicholae Roscoe, Aaron Middleton, Josh Skillman, Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, Cory Helie and emcee Andrew Bueno. Admission is free. Visit the Doom Room's Facebook event page to learn more.

Propaganda! Featuring Mike Stanley
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m.
The Soiled Dove Underground

Detroit native Mike Stanley toiled for years in the Chicago standup scene before emerging as one of the city's leading lights and eventually winning the title of "Best Chicago Standup Comedian" in a People's Choice poll from the Chicago Reader. A true road dog, these days Stanley spends most of his time performing all over the country and overseas. His latest standup album, Shiner, is available on iTunes. He's a fitting headliner for Propaganda!, one of Denver's top-drawing locally produced showcases. The roster also features Timmi Lasley, Brett Hiker and Los Angeles's Nathan Mosher along with co-hosts Eric Henderson and Stephen Agyei. Visit Propaganda's Facebook event page to learn more. Tickets, $10, are available via Ticketfly.

Brian Regan
June 23-24, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Paramount Theatre

Very few comedians have achieved arena headliner-level success, but even fewer of them got there on the strength of their jokes alone. While Brian Regan is famous for his broad appeal, befuddled persona and clean act, he's relatively unheralded as one of the sharpest joke-writers of his era. Over his decades-long career, Regan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman 28 times before the venerated host retired, recorded roughly half a dozen comedy specials, including his classic, The Epitome of Hyperbole, but has only recently begun to appear on screen, in films like Top Five and in the upcoming Peter Farrelly-directed comedy series Loudermilk. Regan has a particular fondness (fully reciprocated by local comedy fans) for Denver, which is why he's taping his next standup special right here at the Paramount Theatre on July 23 and 24. Tickets, $49.50-$59.50, are selling fast; visit to get yours now.

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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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