The Ten Best Comedy Shows in February

Tiffany Haddish headlines the Paramount Theatre on Friday, February 23.
Tiffany Haddish headlines the Paramount Theatre on Friday, February 23. Elton Anderson Jr.

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No Gods No Masters
No Gods, No Masters: Kill Your Valentines
Saturday, February 10, 7 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom

Among the strangest endeavors circulating in Denver's creative community, No Gods, No Masters is a puppet show designed to introduce children to the tenets of anarchist theory. Created and written by local comedian Roger Norquist, who is aware of his creation's absurdity and committed to seeing it through, the show presents adorable puppets performing sketches and singing catchy songs about bringing the system down. Until recently, No Gods, No Masters only existed in a few video sketches, but Norquist and company are teaming up for an inaugural showcase with fan-favorite characters Laozi, Emma and Old Man Slab live and in the plush, along with comedy performances from Anthony Crawford, Caitie Hannan, David Rodriguez, and Ben Kronberg. Fitting for an anarchist puppet show, interested parties can attend for the proletariat-friendly price of free, though donations in support of the cause are always appreciated. Visit the Sexpot Comedy Facebook events page for more details.

Gina Brillon
February 15 to 18, showtimes vary
Denver Improv

A veteran of the New York comedy scene she's called home since she started performing at the age of seventeen, Gina Brillon is a skilled comedian and the 2012 winner of NBC's Stand Up for Diversity Showcase. She's appeared on Live at Gotham, The View and Chelsea Lately, and also had a prominent role in Gabriel Iglesias's The Fluffy Movie. Unlike her boisterous co-star, however, Brillon tells jokes instead of making noises. Surprisingly sharp and observant for a comic with such mainstream credits, Brillon delivers relatable material without feeling broad or stale. Her first one-hour special, Pacifically Speaking, debuted in 2014. Brillon defies easy categorization and keeps the laughs flowing. Showtimes vary. Admission is $17; for tickets and information, visit the Denver Improv events page.

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Dairy Comedy Presents: Janae Burris
Saturday, February 17, 8:30 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center

One of Denver comedy's most celebrated performers, Janae Burris paved her path to headliner status through tireless effort. In addition to co-founding the Pussy Bros. squad and co-producing its myriad showcases, Burris also nurtures the next generation of performers at the Black Buzzard Open Mic and took first place in the 2016 Comedy Works New Faces Contest. Burris is also returning to her roots in the theater this summer at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. To buy tickets for Burris's show at the Dairy Center, $12, and learn more, head over to the Dairy Center's box-office page.

Dana Gould
February 22 to 24, showtimes vary
Comedy Works South

Very few comedians have amassed television résumés as impressive as Dana Gould's — and almost none have made it as far without a starring role on their own eponymous sitcom. Yet with an HBO special, two one-hour Showtime specials and guest appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Maron and Real Time With Bill Maher all under his belt, Gould has hours of material waiting to delight the newly initiated; he's also had prominent guest roles on shows like Anger Management, Seinfeld and in the dirty-joke-etymology documentary The Aristocrats. Behind the camera, Gould was a co-executive producer of The Simpsons and a producer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. His monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, is a hilarious and inventive exploration of what the medium can do. Lately, Gould has been working behind the scenes as the creator and executive producer of IFC's Stan Against Evil, a horror-comedy series that doesn't skimp on the scares, now in its second season. Showtimes and admission prices vary; visit the Comedy Works box-office page for more information.

Tiffany Haddish: The #SheReady Tour
Friday, February 23, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre

After years of toiling on the periphery of show business, Tiffany Haddish got legit famous last year. In addition to landing a breakout role in the record-breaking box-office smash Girls Trip, Haddish hosted Saturday Night Live and recorded a live standup documentary called Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood. Formidably talented and effortlessly charismatic, Haddish managed to rise from the Dickensian circumstances of her youth to stardom by finding laughter amid the heartbreak. Haddish's reign continues, with a role in the upcoming TBS sitcom The Last O.G., which co-stars fellow comedians Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer, which means local readers shouldn't miss the increasingly rare opportunity to see Haddish live. Admission is $45 to $55 via Altitude Tickets. A second 9:30 p.m. show has been added due to popular demand, but don't delay: Tickets are selling fast.

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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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