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Laugh It Up at Denver's Ten Best Comedy Shows in March

Ben Roy records his latest album at Comedy Works Downtown on March 22 and 23.
Ben Roy records his latest album at Comedy Works Downtown on March 22 and 23. Andrew Bray
A torrential downpour of comedy will keep Denver floating all month long. March's offerings include the inspired improv goofery of Middleditch & Schwartz, a new edition of Westword favorite Lucha Libre & Laughs, the earbud all-stars behind Doughboys and My Dad Wrote a Porno, and Ben Roy returning to town to record his latest comedy album. Keep reading to learn more about the ten best comedy shows in Colorado in March.


My Dad Wrote a Porno: World Tour
Thursday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre
$49.50 to $59.50

The premise, content and tone of the hit British podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno is perfectly summarized by its cheeky title. The show is hosted by Jamie Morton, son of the show's eponymous author of novelistic smut, along with his quippy chums James Cooper and Alice Levine. Each episode presents a new chapter of Belinda Blinked, a series of bodice-ripping erotica replete with purple prose and outlandish plot developments ripe for Levine, Cooper and Morton's mockery. After graduating from streaming to an HBO broadcast, the My Dad Wrote a Porno crew is hitting the road for an international tour that lands in Denver on Thursday, March 5.


Middleditch & Schwartz
Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Paramount Theatre
$29.50-$39.50

Improvisers Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz have each cut a distinctive swath through the wilds of the entertainment industry. Schwartz voiced the title character in Sonic the Hedgehog, and Middleditch served as the series lead on the recently wrapped Silicon Valley. The duo shines brightest when bringing its "yes-and" antics to the live stage. Despite both performers' crowded show-business schedules, Middleditch and Schwartz pay tribute to their formative years at Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade by presenting the art of long-form improv on grand theater stages. Each of the duo's extemporaneous performances are entirely unprepared, uninterrupted and unrecorded, offering a one-of-a-kind experience with every outing.


Doughboys
: Live Podcast
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Comedy Works South
$30 to $60

Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger of the Doughboys podcast can make even the most overstuffed belly quake with laughter. At regional fast-food franchises like Krystal, Lee's Sandwiches and White Castle to international behemoths like Burger King, the Doughboys boys punch up while they chow down, offering witticisms and criticisms that'll make you reconsider or maybe even crave America's favorite quick-and-easy eats. Rolling up to the Mile High drive-thru to sample and riff upon an as-of-yet undisclosed icon of local vittles, Mitchell and Wiger draw national attention to one of the country's most prominent chain-restaurant test markets. Join a crowd of goofy gourmands when the Doughboys duo takes to the stage for a mid-week feast of funny.

click to enlarge Anaya doles out another round of clobberin'. - HIDDEN VISION PHOTOGRAPHY
Anaya doles out another round of clobberin'.
Hidden Vision Photography
Lucha Libre & Laughs: You Can't Sit With Us
Friday, March 13, 8 p.m.
Oriental Theater
$11 to $100

If you select a seat in the front rows of Lucha Libre & Laughs, be prepared: While you'll enjoy an up-close perspective of the evening's fancies and fisticuffs, you may need to dodge the ringside chaos as it spills into the crowd. Rope-jumping bad boy Anaya squares off against limber "Yoga Monster" Mike Sydal in the title bout. Enjoy tag-team matches with Allie Gato and Lonnie Valdez versus Heidi Howitzer and Caleb Crush, or the Minnesota Wrecking Zoo versus the Ragnarockers, while guffawing through sui generis color commentary provided by Sam Tallent and Nathan Lund. The evening's entertainment offerings also boast the comedy stylings of host Kyle Pogue as well as performers Caitie Hannan and Jozalyn Sharp.


Melissa Villaseñor
March 19 to 21, showtimes vary
Comedy Works Downtown
$18 to $26

One of Saturday Night Live's most versatile yet woefully underused "not ready for primetime players," Melissa Villaseñor is an ace impressionist, gifted improvisational actor and accomplished standup comedian. Making history as the first Latina to join the cast of the venerated sketch-comedy institution in its 45-year history, Villaseñor launched her career as a teenage participant in the Los Angeles Laugh Factory comedy camp before emerging into the spotlight as a semi-finalist in the sixth season of America's Got Talent. After subsequent appearances in Toy Story 4, Crashing, Barry and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Villaseñor is making a mid-SNL-season stop from Thursday through Saturday in Denver.


Dairy Comedy Presents: Nancy Norton and Funny Female Friends
Friday, March 20, 7 and 9 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center
$20

Following an unlikely career path from registered nurse to standup comedian, Colorado's own Nancy Norton has been enjoying an overdue hot streak. Crowned champion of the fortieth annual Seattle International Comedy Competition and the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival — thereby earning the honor of the first woman to claim top prize in the festival's history — Norton is one of the Centennial state's foremost funny people. Celebrate Women's History Month with a gaggle of giggles when Norton and her "Funny Female Friends" take to the stage at Boulder's Grace Gamm Theatre.

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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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