The Satellite of Love cruises through the Paramount Theatre on July 18 for Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live.Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Hari Kondabolu July 13-15, showtimes vary Comedy Works Downtown
A veteran TV writer and correspondent on the unfortunately canceled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu has emerged as one of the sharpest political commentators in comedy. As a standup, Kondabolu has performed on such tastemaking shows as Conan, John Oliver's New York Standup Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special. Over the course of two albums, 2014's Waiting for 2042 and 2016's Mainstream American Comic, Kondabolu established the sharp political commentary and unique perspective that's won him fans all over the world. Fittingly called "The Best Political Comedian You Don't Know Yet" in a Wired profile, Kondabolu can be heard with his former boss W. Kamau Bell on the Politically Re-Active podcast. Visit the Comedy Works events page to learn more and buy tickets, $18-$26.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Sunday, July 18, 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre
Recently resurrected by Netflix with a new cast and story line, the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a boon to movie geeks and comedy nerds alike. The show's influence on both cinema and joke-telling is hard to overestimate; even locally produced shows like the Mile High Movie Roast or Cartoons and Comedy couldn't exist without the example of the '90s basic-cable staple. While Meltdown's Jonah Ray fits comfortably into the Joel/Mike role, Tom Servo (voiced by Baron Vaughn) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount) still manage to land the best jokes. Luckily for local fans, the Satellite of Love is swinging through Denver on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live tour. Jonah and all the robots are crashing the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, to provide their special brand of mocking commentary during a screening of fan favorite Eaargh, in addition to a secret surprise movie and a boatload of new jokes and riffs. Visit paramountdenver.com to learn more. Tickets, $39.50-$49.50, are available via Altitude Tickets.
July 20-23, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Denver Improv
Luenell Campbell may be billed by her first name only, but that's because there's no mistaking her for anyone else. A prolific character actress and standup veteran, Luenell first rose to national prominence as the opening act on Katt Williams's American Hustle Tour and concert film of the same name. In addition to performing on Snoop Dogg's Bad Girls of Comedy and Stand-up in Stilettos, Luenell has had memorable roles in everything from comedies like Borat or the Think Like a Man and Hotel Transylvania series to action thrillers like The Rock and Taken 2. Headlining all weekend at the Stapleton stalwart comedy club, locals have six opportunities to see her perform. Don't miss them. Visit the Denver Improv events page to learn more and buy tickets for $20.
Propaganda! Featuring Michelle Biloon and Justine Marino
Friday, July 28, 8 p.m.
Soiled Dove Underground
Since relocating to the Soiled Dove Underground a few months back, Propaganda! has put together a series of packed showcases by bringing top-notch headliners to the Lowry-adjacent concert venue. This month is no exception as hosts Stephen Agyei and Eric Henderson (along with Matt Monroe, who still produces the show from Portland) have put together one crackerjack of a showcase. With local stage-smasher Anthony Crawford and visiting New York comic Nicole Conlan opening for co-headliners Michelle Billoon (The Late Late Show) and Justine Marino (Roast Battle), this is some propaganda you might want to believe. Visit Propaganda's Facebook page to learn more. Admission costs $10 via Ticketfly.
Nikki Glaser July 28-29, 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Comedy Works South
After developing her voice on the Midwestern club circuit, Nikki Glaser made a smashing television debut in the seventh season of Last Comic Standing, where she stood out with her frank material and unflappable stage presence despite only advancing to the semi-finals. In the years since, Glaser has worked exclusively in television, appearing on @Midnight and The Late Late Show With James Corden, as well as in the film Trainwreck and several sketches on Inside Amy Schumer. Lately, Glaser seems to have found a home on Comedy Central, where she hosted her own series, Not Safe With Nikki Glaser. The network also produced her latest one-hour special, Perfect, which premiered last April. A favorite among Denver comedy nerds, Glaser has headlined Sexpot shows and participated in last year's High Plains Comedy Festival, but now she's returning here to headline one of our finest local clubs. Visit Comedy Works' events page to learn more and buy tickets for $28.
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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.