Comedy

High Plains Comedy Festival Brings Needed Laughs to Denver

Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Cayton-Holland of the Grawlix.
Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Cayton-Holland of the Grawlix. Patrick Wymore
In what is proving to be one of the busiest weekends of 2021 — hello, Westword Music Showcase and Meow Wolf grand opening — the High Plains Comedy Festival is also returning on Thursday, September 16. Through Saturday, September 18, it will bring plenty of laughs to venues along Broadway including HQ, Mutiny Information Cafe and the hi-dive, as well as more far-flung locales like Number Thirty Eight and the Paramount Theatre.

"High Plains showcases let you see performers in their natural setting: no gimmicks, no themes, just a microphone, a comedian, and a whole lot of funny," festival organizers promise. "Come see a fantastic mix of local and national comics — catch some of your faves or discover some new ones!"

The annual event brings a mix of podcasters and comedians to the mic all weekend long, and  hometown comedy fans will be thrilled to see the return of some of the city's biggest names. For example, comedy supergroup The Grawlix — Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl — will be performing, and The Fine Gentleman's club — Nathan Lund, Chris Charpentier and Sam Tallent — will host Subhah Agarwal, Kevin Fitzgerald, Janae Burris, Akeem Woods and Amy Miller.
click to enlarge Denver comic Josh Blue proves America's Got Talent. - @NICKLARSONPHOTOGRAPHY
Denver comic Josh Blue proves America's Got Talent.
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Josh Blue, who recently rose in the ranks of America's Got Talent, will be performing at 10 p.m Friday at Mutiny Information Cafe and again at 10 p.m. Saturday at the hi-dive.

Comedy Works Entertainment and High Plains Comedy Festival have booked headliners Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds and their history podcast, The Dollop, at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Paramount Theatre. 


Other podcasts that will be recorded live at the fest include The Grawlix Saves the World, This Might Help, Better Than Heroes, All Fantasy Everything, The Pen Pals, and Chubby Behemoth.

Bring on the laughs. We could use them.

High Plains Comedy Festival runs September 16 through 18. While festival passes are sold out, tickets to individual shows are still available. For more information, visit High Plains Comedy Festival online.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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