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Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

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6) Dom Irrera March 13-15 Comedy Works South Dom Irrera is a veteran of the comedy-club circuit and a former protege´of Rodney Dangerfield. A six-time American Comedy Award nominee, Irrera has performed on Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival more than any other American comic. He's appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show and The View; he's also managed a prolific acting career, turning up on Seinfeld and in a cameo in The Big Lebowski. DTC-area comedy fans are in good hands with a seasoned pro like Irrera on the mic.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show, $25 for the weekend shows; get them at the Comedy Works website.

5) Sean Patton March 13-16 Denver Improv Denver has plenty of love for Sean Patton. After winning local hearts and minds with a strong showing at last summer's High Plains Comedy Festival, Patton returned to co-headline Sausage Fest, the inaugural Sexpot Comedy showcase. Although he's here frequently, it's worth seeing one of his headlining shows at the Denver Improv, because few comedians are more thrilling to watch in person. He's appeared on Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; his debut album,Standard Operating Procedure ,was released by A Special Thing Records, and he recorded his own Comedy Central Half Hour special last year. They're all solid standup performances, but convey only a fraction of the experience of seeing Sean Patton live.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with additional shows at 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, $17, go to the Denver Improv website.

4) W. Kamau Bell 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 Soiled Dove Underground Proving that the funniest jokes are rooted in painful truths, W. Kamau Bell is a brilliant comedian whose astute sociopolitical commentary is leavened by his wry comedic voice. In town this month as a part of his Oh, Everything standup tour, Bell will be bringing his particular brand of satire to the Soiled Dove Underground. Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU and one of the "sexiest men of 2012" by, Bell was catapulted to fame when Chris Rock saw his one-man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, and offered to produce a television show. That show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, was recently cancelled by FXX, which sucks because Bell's commentary can only improve the media landscape. Or at least make it funnier.

Tickets are $20; buy them here.

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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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