Arts and Culture

The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: September 2018

Ms. Pat headlines the Denver Improv comedy club from September 28 to 30.
Ms. Pat headlines the Denver Improv comedy club from September 28 to 30. Courtesy of

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Ms. Pat
September 28 to 30
Denver Improv

An unparalleled champion at finding humor in dire circumstances, Patricia Williams — known by the nom de stage Ms. Pat — has endured through an unimaginable gauntlet of adversity, including but not limited to physical abuse, teenage motherhood, a stint in Fulton County Jail and two gunshot wounds. Ms. Pat's comedy is buoyed by her unimaginable hardships; however, she offers a sense of comedic catharsis best expressed in her memoir, Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat. She's appeared on Last Comic Standing and BET's Comicview, along with Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening and Roast Battle, but nothing beats the transformative experience of witnessing Ms. Pat's comedy live. Seize the goddamn day and buy tickets, $17 to $48, for an inspirationally funny hour in the company of a comedy master. Visit Denver Improv's box-office page for more details.

I Mom So Hard
Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre

While parenting does consume an undue amount of a mother's spare time, people don't lose their sense of humor upon giving birth. A comedy show dedicated to overcommitted and underserved breeders, I Mom So Hard offers hardworking mothers a chance to unwind and laugh the night away. Respective mothers of two with a combined forty years of stage experience, Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley riff on everything from the grossness of child rearing to the virtues of dry shampoo in a relaxing and relatable evening of judgment-free jokes. Admission is $37.50 to $47.50 via Altitude Tickets.

Bill Burr
September 29 to 30, 7 and 10 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House

A road-hardened stage stormer with zero fucks to give, Bill Burr is an expert at sneaking gut-quaking laughter past an audience's well-intentioned objections. Proving more than any other working comedian that standup is in fact bloodsport, Burr can triumph over a hostile room with rib-tickling vitriol, offending and delighting in equal measure. Ample evidence of Burr's diabolical comedic prowess exists in his indispensable run of one-hour specials, including classics like Walk Your Way Out, I'm Sorry You Feel That Way and You People Are All the Same. Creator and co-star of Netflix's bleak and profanity-riddled animated sitcom F Is for Family, Burr has an on-screen career that has included tough-guy turns on shows like Breaking Bad and films like Date Night, but he'll be breaking free from his acerbic persona with a role as failed presidential candidate George McGovern in the upcoming Gary Hart biopic, The Front Runner. Burr will bring his hilariously frothy rage to Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House during September's final weekend, and only a Philadelphian would be dumb enough to miss it. Visit Seat Geek for tickets starting at $101; secondary vendors are the only option for these sold-out shows.

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Throwing Shade Live
Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Gothic Theatre, Englewood

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi of Earwolf's Throwing Shade podcast are descending upon the Gothic Theatre to serve up an ear- and eyeful of delightfully barbed analyses of pressing issues. Scorching hot takes on politics, pop culture, LGTBQ and women's rights abound, and the event description promises "singing, dancing, games and clowns." Take the podcast experience out of your headphones and onto the stage; visit the Gothic Theatre box-office page to buy tickets, $30 to $35, and learn more.

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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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