Comedy

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Four Free)

Harpoontang reunites and rides again at the Lion's Lair on Saturday, December 23.
Harpoontang reunites and rides again at the Lion's Lair on Saturday, December 23. Harpoontang
Christmastime is finally here, and while most readers would expect the local entertainment to cool down right along with the climate, Denver's creative community is hustling and bustling all the way through Christmas Eve. Indeed, even artsy locals who've gone to seek their fortunes elsewhere are home for the holidays, creating more opportunities than usual for Denver diehards to make merry. Luckily, anyone with a crisp Hamilton and an open mind can go for broke without going broke over the next few days. Keep reading for the ten best things to do in Denver this weekend for $10 and under.

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Bug Theatre
Emerging Filmmakers Project Holiday Spectacular
Thursday, December 21, 7 p.m.
Bug Theatre
$5

A local arts-scene institution that dates back to 2002, the Emerging Filmmakers Project has had untold influence on Denver's film scene. An essential networking and collaborative hub for every stripe of cinephile, the EFP celebrates community-building as much as it does films. Join host and local filmmaker Patrick Sheridan for a lineup of shorts including such intriguing titles as "(Because in the end) It's Only Helium," "The Dead Don't Dance" and more. The screenings are followed by lively discussions with the filmmakers, many of whom will be clad in ugly sweaters for the holidays. As usual, the EFP's $5 admission includes free beer and Sexy Pizza. Visit the EFP's Facebook events page to learn more.

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Chuckleheads Presents
The Tyranny of Tradition
Thursday, December 21, 9 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
$5

An evening of titillating tickles awaits at the Tyranny of Tradition, a variety showcase packed with enough entertainment gifts to tuck under any Tannenbaum. The comely comedic cavalcade includes standup from Katie Bowman, Anthony Armstrong and Jillian Leigh, new sketches from Gaybies, and burlesque performances from Fuchsia La Fae, Jeanne Vaux and more. Tickets are $5 via Eventbrite and $7 at the door. Visit Chuckleheads Presents' Facebook events page for more details. 

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Haley Loria Carnefix
Nighttime Tonight
Thursday, December 21, 9 p.m.
The Deer Pile
Free
Brian Flynn, a local comedian and co-host of The Revisionists podcast, has continued quiet but steadfast work on Nighttime Tonight for months now, assembling a team of eager locals to write jokes and pitch segments for a new showcase modeled after late-night staples like Conan and The Daily Show, along with just a dash of Shandling-esque internecine struggle. Mostly, however, Nighttime Tonight is intended to be a place where members of the Denver comedy community can gather and indulge their creative whims. The show has an altruistic component, as well: Flynn and company collect donations for a different charitable organization each month. In lieu of cash donations this month, Flynn and his co-producer Jen Kolic are collecting coats, toys, hand-warmers and any other goods that will help ease the suffering of people experiencing homelessness during the winter. Join Flynn along with December's guests Andres Becerril, Timmi Lasley, Arielle Kaplan and headliner Jordan Doll. Visit the Nighttime Tonight Facebook events page for more details.

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Derrick Stroup hosts the Nut House comedy showcase.
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The Nut House Comedy Show
Friday, December 22, 7 p.m.
The Walnut Room
$5

While the classy stage at downtown Denver's Walnut Room typically hosts musical performances, the venue has recently branched out into standup with the Nut House Comedy Show. Booked and hosted by Alabama transplant Derrick Stroup, the Nut House has only been operational for a few short months, but has already welcomed some of Denver's funniest people to the mic. December's show is no exception, with local mirth merchants Nate Brown, Allison Rose, Matt Cobos and Harris Alterman opening for headliner Brent Gill, a local favorite who recently moved to Los Angeles. Visit the Nut House's Facebook events page to find more information.

Joke and Tell
Friday, December 22, 7 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom
Free

Inspired by nostalgic memories of Show and Tell from grade school, Steve Vanderploeg has been trying to get Joke and Tell off the ground for years. After taking a couple months off and tinkering with the format, the core idea of comics riffing about their prized possessions remains intact, only now there's a much bigger lineup and a Denver comedy-party atmosphere. Embark on a treasure hunt through the past with a bill of over twenty local comics including Jodee Champion, Nolawee Mengist, Nick Taravella and headliner John "Hippieman" Novosad. Be sure to stick around at El Charrito after the show ends to watch drunken comics warble their way through karaoke songs. Find more information, including the full lineup, on Joke and Tell's Facebook events 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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