Laugh Tracks

Whether participating firsthand at the Pepsi Center or in front of the TV, convention-watching, what do we all need when the DNC closes up its smoke-filled rooms for the night? Comedy! Luckily, the town will be overflowing with it, but self-proclaimed liberal Jewish political comic Scott Blakeman hopes his nightly show at the Bug Theatre, Breaking Convention With Scott Blakeman, will be “comedy headquarters for the convention.” And that’s not a long shot: Blakeman will be joined by acclaimed fellow satirists Jimmy Tingle, Will Durst and John Marshall, along with a promised roundtable of surprise guests who will sit in to talk about daily convention events. Plus, Blakeman reminds us, “These are the final days of the Bush material, so of course we’ll be getting all of that in, too.” Catch the standup at 7:30 p.m. tonight and August 26 and 27, or at 1 p.m. August 28, at the Bug, 3654 Navajo Street; for tickets, a mere $15, log on to

In the heart of downtown, Bovine Metropolis Theater, 1527 Champa Street, will also play the political comedy game: Former Capitol Step Ken Rynne, who knows a thing or two about topical humor, and sidekick/accompanist Seymour Muchmore will make funny nightly at 10 p.m., today through August 28. Admission is $30; go to or call 303-758-4722.
Sun., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 26-27, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 28, 1 p.m., 2008

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