Comedy

The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: February 2019

Take shelter in the sassy shade of the Haters Roast on Thursday, February 28, at Fillmore Auditorium.
Take shelter in the sassy shade of the Haters Roast on Thursday, February 28, at Fillmore Auditorium. Courtesy of Drag Fans
February may notch up fewer calendar days than any other month, but as far as Denver comedy is concerned, 28 days provide more than enough time to guzzle up every possible giggle. With a series of headliners like Jackie Kashian, Natasha Leggero, Marcella Arguello and Carmen Lynch, the joke scene puts its most femme foot forward in February. Keep reading for the ten best comedy shows of February 2019.


Jackie Kashian
February 6 to 9, showtimes vary
Comedy Works South
$16 to $24

The duchess of dorkdom, Jackie Kashian is comedy nerd royalty. Though she remains Maria Bamford's road-tested opening act and regularly appeared on Bamford's tragically short-lived Netflix series Lady Dynamite, Kashian is ultimately a headliner in her own right, and her skills will be on full display at Comedy Works South from February 6 to 9. In addition to telling jokes on shows like Conan and the Comedy Central Half Hour, Kashian is a steadfast fixture of the podcasting landscape, co-host of both The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show. Get tickets, $16 to $24, and more information on the Comedy Works box-office page.


Natasha Leggero
February 7 to 9, showtimes vary
Comedy Works Downtown
$25 to $30

Don't be fooled by the well-tailored cocktail dresses and elbow-length opera gloves: A truly savage wit lies beneath the elegant mien of Natasha Leggero. Co-creator of the gilded-age satire Another Period, Leggero initially rose to fame as a pantsless troublemaker on Reno 911, has subsequently appeared on Arrested Development, Dice and Alone Together, and lent the lilt of her voice to BoJack Horseman, American Dad!, and Justice League Action, in which she portrayed Poison Ivy (who else would you expect?). Leggero returns to the club where she recorded one of her landmark standup albums with a fresh and feisty new hour that unfurls in multiple performances between February 7 and 9. Visit the Comedy Works box-office page for tickets, $25 to $30, and further details. Shows are selling out quickly, so make haste!


Fort Comedy Presents: Todd Barry
Friday, February 8, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Aggie Theatre
$15 to $25

Precisely the guy for people who like their comedy wry and dry, Todd Barry is just the ticket for even the saltiest comedic palette. A testament to the booking prowess of the Fort Comedy collective, the Aggie engagement represents Barry's only official booking in the Centennial state. Following appearances in Flight of the Conchords, The Wrestler, At Home With Amy Sedaris and The Jim Gaffigan Show, Barry recently recorded a pair of stylistically divergent yet spiritually simpatico standup specials, including the extemporaneous experimentalism of the Crowd Work Tour and the well-honed witticisms of Spicy Honey. Admission is $15 to $25 on the Aggie Theatre box-office page, where you'll also find more information.



The Ruckus Presents: Adam Cayton-Holland With Ramon Rivas
Sunday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Marquis Theater
$10 to $12

Protect your neck, funnybone, and every other vulnerable pressure point when Denver comedy brings the Ruckus to the Marquis Theater on Sunday, February 10. Co-hosted and curated by Matt Cobos, Patrick Richardson and Cory Helie, the Ruckus returns with a top-notch lineup including ShaNae Ross, Ramon Rivas II, and Adam Cayton-Holland. Guffaw through mouthfuls of piping hot pizza when Helie, Richardson and Cobos allow the chuckles to run amok at their inaugural outing. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Find out everything you need to know on the Marquis Theater Facebook events page.

click to enlarge Marcella Arguello headlines both Comedy Works locations February 10 to 12. - KIM NEWMONEY
Marcella Arguello headlines both Comedy Works locations February 10 to 12.
Kim Newmoney
Marcella Arguello
February 10 to 12, showtimes vary
Comedy Works Downtown
Comedy Works South
$14

Known for her fierce wit, fearless stage presence and imposing stature, Marcella Arguello stands head and shoulders above her competition (pun very much intended). A staff writer for Bill Nye Saves the World who's appeared on Comedy Knock Out, Last Call with Carson Daly and Corporate, Arguello is on a shortlist of the most influential upcoming comics working today. As such, it probably won't be long before she's returning to the Mile High to headline bigger venues. Don't miss seeing Arguello shine within the intimate confines of both Comedy Works locations; visit the Comedy Works box-office page for tickets, $14, and details.


Carmen Lynch
February 14 to 17, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Denver Improv
$20 to $75

Another crush-crusader of Amazonian proportions, Carmen Lynch returns for a Valentine's Day weekend headlining engagement at Denver Improv with a fresh litany of tall-lady jokes. A New York-hewn standup who's told jokes on both the Stephen Colbert and David Letterman iterations of The Late Show, Lynch is a skilled sketch performer who's turned up on Acting Out and Inside Amy Schumer. The bilingual comedian also enjoys a robust following in Spain, where she's appeared on four episodes of TuNite con Lorenzo Parro. Whether you're looking for an unconventional date or a singles-friendly bit of holiday counter-programming, let laughter be your Valentine. Get tickets, $20 to $75, and more information on the Denver Improv box-office page.
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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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