The ten best comedy events in Denver this August

By the time August rolls around, summer seems to have lost some of its luster. We've sweltered through weeks of muggy heat and unexpected downpours, Hollywood has already burned through its popcorniest blockbusters, and attractions close down as schools prepare to open. It falls to comedy, then, to entertain browbeaten Denverites -- and fortunately, the area is replete with giggles this month. With two showcases in Boulder's rapidly growing comedy market, a Red Rocks birthday celebration with an increasingly less reclusive comedy icon, and a homegrown comedy festival, there are enough great shows to keep you laughing until autumn.

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10) Boulder Comedy Show Sunday, August 10 Bohemian Biergarten

While Boulder residents may know the Bohemian Biergarten as a fine place to go for a stein and a sausage, once a week laughs come roaring from the beer hall as the Boulder Comedy Show takes over. Seated viking-style at long wooden benches, patrons wash down their chuckles with a wide variety of brews, all in comically large servings. It's worth a visit every Sunday, but the lineup on August 10 is something special. Matt Baca, featured act Justine Marino and headliner Adam Cayton-Holland join host Brent the Gill for an evening of beery jokery that proves haughty Boulderites do have a sense of humor.

The show begins at 7 p.m.; admission is free.

9) Sinbad August 22-24 Comedy Works Landmark DTC

Star of '90s family movie staples like Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All the Way, Sinbad has had a long and varied career since catching his first big break on Star Search, where he defeated Dennis Miller in a contest. Sinbad is a standup veteran, ranked as one of the best 100 comedians of all time by Comedy Central. He's appeared on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the Food Network's Chopped Tournament of Stars: Comedians, and his most recent special, Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla!, aired on Comedy Central. A lesser-known Sinbad fact: He's a University of Denver alumnus, and he'll be returning to his old stamping grounds to headline the weekend, presumably to a chorus of hollas.

The early show begins at 7:15 p.m. and the late show starts at 9:45. Tickets cost $33 and can be purchased on the Comedy Works website.

8) Yeah Right! Wednesday, August 6 Beauty Bar

Yeah Right, Kirstin Rand and Nathan Lund's monthly showcase at the Beauty Bar, is widely regarded to be the worst comedy show in town, and including them on this list compromises our credibilty. Yeah, right! Actually, it's a wonderful, universally beloved show, and Westword's taste is impeccable and our integrity unwavering. Yeah Right! spun off from the Delusions of Randeur comedy show at the same venue and follows roughly the same format, wherein guest performers sit down with Rand on an onstage couch for a meandering post-set interview, only now featuring 100 percent more Lund quips. The lineup this month includes Miguel Colon Jr., Aaron Urist, Sam Tallent, Matt Monroe and Christie Buchele.

The show starts at 8 p.m.; admission is free.

7) The Dairy Comedy LGBT Show Saturday, August 16 Dairy Center for the Arts

Comedy season is back on in Boulder, as the Dairy Comedy Showcase returns after a brief hiatus. And it's coming back strong with an LGBT showcase featuring Jordan Wieleba, Kendra Thompson and Debbie Scheer. The headliner is bear Chuck Roy, a pillar of the Denver comedy scene and national headliner who features prominently in Ralphie May's Filthy Animals Tour, which is available on demand starting August 19.

The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $10 and are available through the Dairy Center's website. Keep reading for six more of the best comedy events of August.
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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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