With two Halloween events, three filthy shows and three comedy contests, October humor is shaping up to be scary, sexy and heavily competitive. After a summer of record-breaking comedy festivals, you can fall into the autumnal weather with some bone-chilling monologues of creepy copulation with Bob Saget and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, or just some humorous nostalgia with In Living Color founder Keenen Ivory Wayans and Deer Pile's nineties-tastic Cartoons and Comedy show.
10. New Talent Contest finals
With 140 entries in this year's New Talent Contest, every comic involved will have to step up their game and sharpen their best five-minute set for the chance to win a cash prize and a possible advancement in the Comedy Works hierarchy. Previous years winners include iconic names like Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Kronberg and Josh Blue. The contestants have been slinging their mic skills at CW since last May, and finalists Jordan Doll, Mike Hammock, Nicole McCormack and Zac Maas, along with four other, yet-to-be-named comics, will be entering the final round to determine what name you will surely be hearing more of in the years to come.
8 p.m., October 16 at Comedy Works. $12. For more information visit comedyworks.com
9. Margaret Cho
A multi-decade veteran of both dirty stand-up and family friendly sitcoms, Margaret Cho has been a pioneering force not just for women in comedy, but for cooling mainstream America's heads about gay culture and relationships. Building a progressive fanbase the world over, Cho continues to delight her followers with anecdotes about her Korean family and editorials on human rights.
8. Cartoons and Comedy
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Now entering its sixth month bringing nostalgic cartoons and contemporary comedy commentary to Deer Pile, Cartoons and Comedy will be hosting a special Halloween-themed event. Host Christopher Baker presents three celebrate locals, Kristin Rand, Andrew Orvedahl and Jordan Doll, to riff on unforgettable spooky TV classics like Scooby Doo and Are You Afraid of the Dark.
7. Chuck Roy's Shock-Tober
As the creator of the NAUGHTY (dirty) holiday show, and Spicy 'Lil Jalapenos, Chuck Roy is now bringing his fowl friends together for a Halloween night of dirty comedy with Shock-Tober. Lisa Landry, Deacon Gray, Eugene Kenny and Troy Walker will bring the frightening filth on Wednesday at Comedy Works South, while Bob Meddles as Dirty Santa, Phil Palisoul, Sam Tallent, and Nathan Lund will entertain on Wednesday downtown.
6. Keenen Ivory Wayans
While Richard Pryor may be known as the godfather of African American stand-up, there's possibly no one more influential in establishing the identity of black sketch comedy than Keenan Ivory Wayans. As the host and creator of the Fox series In Living Color, Wayans was responsible for launching the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez, as well as his brothers Damon, Marlon and Shawn. Returning to his stand-up roots, Wayans is bringing his time-tested skills of the stage to a new generation of fans perhaps unaware of how he's shaped the culture they're currently living in.
5. Ben Kronberg
As one of the most successful alumni of the Denver comedy scene, an appearance by Ben Kronberg in his hometown is always a highly anticipated event. Fresh off the debut of his recent Comedy Central special, this creepy-eyed one-liner comedian is riding high on a momentum of spicy wit and mainstream success. Kronberg's show at the Oriental Theater will see him joined by the thorny Greg Baumhauer, who has been working alongside Kronberg since their open mic days at The Squire Lounge.
4. Arguments and Grievances
Named our Best Comedy Night of 2013, Arguments and Grievances debate show is not only a monthly institution for comedy fans, it has also garnered the reputation of being many Denver comedian's favorite show to be invited on. This month sees headliners Phil Palisoul facing off against Nathan Lund on the subject of It's Late vs. It's Not Late.
10 p.m., October 20 at Vine Street Pub. Free. Call Vine Street Pub at 303 388 2337 for more information.
3. Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction
A big hit the last time it visited Denver, the Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction show has only increased its notoriety for funny filth after launching a podcast on The Nerdist Network. Coming back to The Bug Theatre this month, CEFF will showcase the dirty deeds of all three Grawlix comedians, as well as Kevin O'Brien, Greg Baumhauer, Sam Tallent, Timmi Lasley and Deacon Gray.
7:30 p.m., October 13 at The Bug Theatre. Visit www.bugtheatre.org for more information.
2. Bob Saget
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that American lives don't have second acts, but he couldn't have predicted Bob Saget. While his Full House co-star Dave Coulier may have gone the clean comedy route, the former America's Funniest Home Videos host has cultivated a legacy for telling some of the filthiest jokes in recent memory. If you're only reference for Saget is as heroic single-dad, Danny Tanner, you may want to wade through YouTube videos of his latest material before entering this gratuitous swamp.
Unarguably the most successful comedy show to rise from the Denver scene, team Grawlix and their self-titled monthly event is a must for any local comedy fan. In addition to the trio of nationally touring comedians Ben Roy, Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland, October's Grawlix show brings in headliner Jared Logan, who recently debuted his half hour special on Comedy Central.
10 p.m., October 25 at The Bug Theatre. $10. For more information visit The Grawlix website.
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