Comedy

The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver in March

Colt Cabana returns to the Lucha Libre & Laughs ring on Friday, March 2.
Colt Cabana returns to the Lucha Libre & Laughs ring on Friday, March 2. Geoff Decker
March has arrived, and spring is just around the corner. Fittingly, the upcoming comedy calendar is blossoming all month long. From stars of the stage and screen playing sold-out theaters to some of Denver's best locally produced showcases, March holds enough comedic opportunities to keep readers laughing all month long. Keep reading for the ten best comedy shows in Denver in March 2018.

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Headliner Marcella Arguello.
Jakob N. Layman
Fort Comedy Presents Marcella Arguello and Kate Willett
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m.
The Oriental Theater
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Aggie Theatre

Fort Comedy's campaign for comedic dominance of the Front Range continues with another pair of crackerjack standup showcases at the Oriental and Aggie theaters on March 1 and 2, respectively. Co-hosts and producers Kyle Pogue and David Rodriguez have teamed up with the Titwrench Collective to welcome two of the country's fiercest and funniest up-and-coming comedians, Marcella Arguello and Kate Willett, to Colorado. Already well known to comedy nerds, Arguello and Willett each have bold and distinctive comedic voices that earned them both high-profile television writing jobs — for Bill Nye Saves the World (Arguello) and The Jim Jefferies Show (Willett). Admission to either event is $10. Visit the Oriental Theater's box-office page to learn more about the 8 p.m. Thursday show and Ticketfly to learn more about the 7 p.m. Friday show at the Aggie.

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Rachelle Riveter returns to fight another day.
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Lucha Libre & Laughs: Zero Days Since Last Incident
Friday, March 2, 8 p.m.
The Oriental Theater

After taking February off, Lucha Libre & Laughs roars back into the ring for another inimitable evening of goofs and Goliaths. Join host Bobby Valentino (Greg Baumhauer), bumbling referee Nick Gossert and returning LLL favorites Rachelle Riveter, Colt Cabana, Allie Gato, Royce Isaacs, Mike Sydal, Lonnie Valdez and more for one of Westword's perennial favorite comedy shows. With standup provided by Kara Williams, John Papaioannou, Dash Kwaitkowski and headliner Ben Roy, there's really no reason to miss out on Denver's best comedy show. Admission is $10 to $40; visit the Oriental Theater's box-office page to find tickets and more information.


Trevor Noah
Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Bellco Theatre

Trevor Noah's tenure as the new host of The Daily Show, a venerated television institution in its twentieth year on the air, started out shaky after he'd made only a few appearances as a correspondent. Despite the considerable shadow cast by former host Jon Stewart, the absurdity of 2016's interminable election season provided Noah with endless fodder for jokes, and viewers quickly adjusted to the low-key but telegenic comedian. Born and raised in South Africa, Noah started his television career on the soap opera Isdingo: the Need, before stepping away from acting to pursue comedy. After becoming the most famous comedian in South Africa, releasing six standup specials in five years, he moved to the United States and made historic debuts on both The Tonight Show and The Late Show With Dave Letterman. Shortly thereafter, Noah signed on as a Daily Show correspondent, then took the anchor's chair with Stewart's endorsement, providing a vital source of levity in the dark days of the Trump administration. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show have sold out, but a few remain for the 10 p.m. slot, so make haste. Admission is $45 to $95 at axs.com.

unCORKED: One Year Anniversary
Wednesday, March 7, 7:45 p.m.
Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
Unwind the wino way at unCORKED, which returns to its monthly slot at Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery on Wednesday, March 7. Hosted and booked by local comic — and trained sommelier — Meghan DePonceau, unCORKED has a full flight of bold, juicy comedians on the menu for its one-year-anniversary celebration. Featuring San Francisco's Dash Kwaitkowski and local mirth merchants Ben Bryant and Christie Buchele, unCORKED proves that wine pairs best with laughter. Admission is free. Visit Uncorked's Facebook events page for more details.


Nicole Byer
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre (CSU)

A comedic force of nature, Nicole Byer is poised to dominate show business. A multi-talented alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade's improv training program, Byer has appeared on Transparent, BoJack Horseman and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. She's also a fan-favorite talking head on MTV's Girl Code and was a guest judge on Ru Paul's Drag Race. Her semi-autobiographical sitcom Loosely Exactly Nicole spent a season on MTV before getting picked up by Facebook, one of the social-media network's first forays into scripted programming. Join Byer along with opening act Aaron Kominos-Smith for an early-evening showcase at Colorado State University's Lory Student Center Theatre. Showtime is at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Visit the CSUTix box-office page to learn more and register for a ticket.
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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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