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  • Bob Saget on Riffing, Self-Awareness and Dirty Daddy, His New Book

    Comedy

    October 13, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in October

    Comedy

    October 01, 2014 in Show and Tell

    October is a month for costumed ghouls and seasonal melancholy. As the autumnal leaves drift wanly into the dampened streets and crumble under the indifferent feet of passersby, many listless Denverites may find themselves in dire need of a laugh. Fortunately, this October promises a bountiful giggle harvest from Denver's comedy crops, with the return of some of our most creative local showcases, laudable fundraising efforts, and visits from comic luminaries drifting into town on the tide of several decades' worth of nostalgia. Though the confluence of sporting seasons means firecer competition for the wandering attention of local entertainment-seekers, comedy is bringing its A-Game this month. Whatever your fancy, Denver comedy is poised to knock the touchdown right out of the park for a ha-ha-hatrick this October....

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    Brock Wilbur on Recording His New Album, Burning Material and Performing Before Mom

    Comedy

    September 18, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Screenwriter, actor, podcaster and comedian Brock Wilbur's outsized ambition matches his mountainous physique. He records at least an hour of standup every year and then starts fresh with new material and he's coming to Denver for his autumnal joke harvest this year. In addition to touring across the country as a standup as well as writing and producing films, Wilbur co-hosts the podcast with Rob Ondarza and Joe Starr (who will also be recording his set for a standup album of his own). This is the third live album for the industrious Wilbur, this saturday at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. He's also featured on friday night's Sex Pot Comedy Aerial Menagerie showcase with locals Jay Gillespie and Haley Driscoll along with co-headliners David Hunstberger and Dan St. Germain. Westword caught up with Wilbur before his trip to town to discuss his slash and burn work ethic, balancing screenwriting with comedy, and the motherly guest of honor at his taping....

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    George Saunders on Dream Images and Steering Toward the Rapids

    Books

    September 16, 2014 in Show and Tell

    George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short story writers. Winner of the Folio and Pulitzer prizes and been granted. MacArtuthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week to the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop, both to participate in a big reading and signing event for fans, and also to conduct a narrower and more focused writers' studio. However, that group is already full. Westword caught up with Saunders for a phone interview before his trip, to discuss finding out which literature is bullshit, writing stories based on dream images, and how creatively, it's always best to steer towards the rapids....

  • Tim Heidecker on Bedtime Stories and touring with Dr. Steve Brule

    Popular Culture

    September 11, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    Podcast Profiles: Adam Cayton-Holland and My Dining Room Table

    Podcasts

    September 09, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of internet media; anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners unlimited hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship, or geography. Indeed, several great podcasts have blossomed from Denver's own flourishing arts community. Here to celebrate them is Podcast Profiles, a new series documenting the efforts of local podcasters and spotlighting the peculiar personalities behind them....

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    The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver this September

    Comedy

    September 03, 2014 in Show and Tell

    As the year lumbers toward autumn and Denver shakes off its various summer-festival hangovers, our city's bleary-eyed revelers have few better live entertainment options this month than comedy. From a nice roster of comedy club headliners rolling through town, banner months for some of Denver's most esteemed local showcases, to a greedily stacked comedy festival, comedy fans have solid options nearly every week this month. ...

  • Eugene Cordero on Drunk History, Andy Juett and the High Plains Comedy Festival

    Interviews

    August 21, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • Kate Berlant on Returning to the High Plains Comedy Festival and Enjoying Confusion

    Comedy

    August 20, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • Pete Holmes on the High Plains Comedy Festival and Silver Linings

    Comedy

    August 19, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • Podcast Profiles: Werewolf Radar Gets Weird

    Podcasts

    August 07, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • The ten best comedy events in Denver this August

    Comedy

    August 01, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • Adam Sank on Last Comic Standing and performing at nudist retreats

    Comedy

    July 28, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    Matt Monroe on the second anniversary of Propaganda!, Denver's Best Comedy Night

    Comedy

    July 25, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Comedy shows come and go all the time, usually whimpering out of existence after a few ignominious months of effort. So when a show reaches its second anniversary, it's truly something to celebrate. Comedy fans can help ring in the anniversary this year on July 27th at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Named 2014's Best Comedy Night by this very publication, Propaganda! has excelled thanks to host and producer Matt Monroe's savvy booking, mingling a roster of enviable headliners with Lannie's classy ambience month after month for free. July's lineup features out-of-towners Raj Silverman and Brandie Posey along with local favorites Chris Charpentier, Adrian Mesa, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald and headliner Adam Cayton-Holland. Doors open at 7:00pm for the free showcase. In celebration of reaching this milestone, Westword caught up with Monroe to discuss the highlights of the past 2 years and how his commitment to Propaganda! would surprise his exes....

  • Aparna Nancherla on Totally Biased, Australian crowds and avoiding the dregs of Twitter

    Comedy

    July 18, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    Marc Maron on patent trolls and spiritual experiences in the desert

    Comedy

    July 17, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Most comedy nerds are already familiar with Marc Maron's biography. He rose to prominence in the 90s alt-comedy scene before floundering through a few TV and radio gigs that never felt like a perfect fit. Despite racking up over 40 appearances on the various incarnations of Conan and never leaving the airwaves for long, Maron's career was at a low point when he started the WTF podcast in his garage. In addition to the in-depth interviews with comedians, musicians, and the occasional movie star featured on WTF, Maron's chronic over-sharing gets plenty of mic time as well. Though off-putting at first to some listeners, his rambling engenders a more personal connection with his legion of listeners, who have flocked to his shows. Currently starring in the final few episodes of the second season his IFC sitcomMaron, he'll also be headlining this weekend at Comedy Works Larimer Square. Westword caught up with Maron to discuss patent trolls, Denver's drunk crowds, and his attempts at a spiritual experience in the dessert....

  • Christopher Titus on happiness, joking about guns, and Pawnography

    Podcasts

    July 16, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • The ten best comedy events in Denver this July

    Wrestling

    July 02, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    Adam Cayton-Holland on doubling down for High Plains Comedy Festival's second year

    Comedy

    June 27, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Adam Cayton-Holland is a comedian, podcaster, and former Westword scribe who forged his craft in ego-battering Colfax open mics before co-founding The Grawlix with Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, a union that has produced a self-titled parodic web series and Denver's best monthly standup showcase --which just so happens to be happening tonight at the Bug Theater at 10:30pm. Cayton-Holland has amassed an enviable list of TV credits, delivering strong sets on shows Conan and The Pete Holmes Show while steadfastly residing in his native Denver, where the outspoken baseball fan recently realized his lifelong dream of throwing out the opening pitch at a Rockies' game after a long social media campaign. Cayton-Holland's brainchild, The High Plains Comedy Festival, continues to thrive under his quiet but determined stewardship as its second birthday approaches. The unbelievably stacked lineup includes returning champions from last year's fest like Beth Stelling, Sean Patton, Kate Berlant, Ian Douglas Terry, and Cameron Esposito in addition to Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and T.J. Miller as well as ringers like Chris Fairbanks, Baron Vaughn, and the top-billed Pete Holmes. Check High Plains' website for the complete lineup. Westword met up with Cayton-Holland at the favored Baker haunt and High Plains venue Mutiny Information Cafe to discuss his post-surgery Frankenfoot and doubling down for the festival's second year....

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    Allen Strickland Williams on one-liners, sketch comedy and #YesAllWomen

    Comedy

    June 20, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Allen Strickland Williams is a Los Angeles-based writer, comedian, and former NBC page who nevertheless retained the office's button-down aesthetic. Williams, along with fellow standups Jake Weisman, Dave Ross, and Pat Bishop comprise the sketch comedy group Women whose widely circulated videos are nibbles of absurdity dolloped by grim punchlines. Women are descending on the Oriental Theater tomorrow night for the monthly Sexpot Comedy showcase. The show, hosted as always by Jordan Doll, features standup from each member, as well as videos and live sketches. It's also a Sexpot show, with all the dab dabbling that implies. Westword caught up with Williams to discuss what makes Women's sketches different, his fondness for one liners, and his essay about the #YesAllWomen hashtag. ...

  • Paul Reiser on his Sundance film and returning to standup after twenty years

    Comedy

    June 18, 2014 in Show and Tell
  • Bobby Lee on Hollywood's lack of Asian roles, sobriety and an ambush from a naked fan

    Comedy

    June 11, 2014 in Show and Tell
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    Updated: The ten best comedy events in Denver in June

    Comedy

    May 30, 2014 in Show and Tell

    As midsummer approaches at its leisurely flip-flopped gait, comedy fans have a full calendar of laugh appointments ahead. While almost nothing can compete with the natural splendor of a languid June evening spent outdoors in Denver, only a jejune goon would miss out on these fine shows. Besides, at a comedy club, you're significantly less likely to accidentally drink the moth that flew into your beer. From stars of stage and screen gracing local venues to a showcase that actually encourages comments from the audience, comedy nerds will be drawn to these events like an eclipse of moths to an outdoor light bulb. It's important to note that a lot can happen in a month, and national headliners often have to reschedule long after press time, so dates are subject to change (which happened last month with Bobcat Goldthwait). Regardless, go see live comedy shows this June and be free from melancholy, as well as the unmistakable taste of foamy moth. It's important to know that a lot can happen in a month, and national headliners often have to reschedule long after press time, so dates are subject to change. Regardless, go see live comedy shows this June and be free from melancholy, as well as the unmistakable taste of foamy moth....

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    Andy Kindler on hack comics, his new CD and criticizing comedy from within

    Comedy

    May 28, 2014 in Show and Tell

    Andy Kindler is widely known for his recurring roles on Bob's Burgers and Everybody Loves Raymond, but he's revered among comedy nerds for his scathing "State of the Industry" addresses at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, which in the past has included gems such as "Adam Carolla is like Hitler if Hitler weren't funny." In town this week to headline Sex Pot comedy's six month anniversary showcase, the aptly titled Sex Pot American Summer, which also features Chuck Roy, Mara Wiles, Christie Buchele, Bobby Crane and host Jordan Doll, Westword recently spoke to Kindler about how hackery has changed, his upcoming album release, and criticizing comedy from within....

  • Dave Ross on tour mishaps, Drunk History, Deer Pile and his sketch group, Women

    Comedy

    May 22, 2014 in Show and Tell
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