Ten best comedy shows in Denver in February
With Denver's local comedy scene finally beginning to catch up with Comedy Work's national acts -- in terms of both talent and swelling audience numbers -- we figured it was time to assemble some of our favorite standup shows for the coming month. As we salivate over the smorgasbord of Denver's incredible hometown humorists and the big-name comedians passing through the more formal comedy clubs, we're overwhelmed by the challenge of deciding which gut-busting event to attend on any given night of the week. But somehow we managed to narrow the offerings down to this list of the ten best comedy shows for February:
- Video: Adam Cayton-Holland makes his late-night debut on Conan
- Lewis Black on socialism, Louis C.K. and the new NRA app -
- Comedian Rory Scovel on crowd tension, Bobcat Goldthwait, and why Aurora didn't steal Batman from him
You may remember him as the spastic animal in the Police Academy series or as a lovably pathetic goon in other '90s flicks like One Crazy Summer or Scrooged. In addition to his dated past as a box-office draw, though, Goldthwait has a rich history of comedy cred, having opened as a standup on Nirvana's last tour and directed five feature films, including 2011's satirical smash God Bless America.
Combining music, standup and bizarre physical challenges (once asking Nathan Lund to remove his pants while keeping his shoes on), Kevin O'Brien and Jordan Doll's monthly Deer Pile show is an adventurous grab-bag of eccentric hilarity. This month's event features Aaron Urist, Timmi Lasley (of Ladyface) Nathan Lund and TAS house-band Total Ghost.
8. Open Mic Comedy at Lion's Lair every Monday Night
With the longest running open mic in Denver, Lion's Lair offers the ideal setting for newcomers to the craft of comedy. With this Colfax tavern's dim lighting, intimate stage and low-class aesthetic, there's little to be intimidated about when you toss your hat in the ring. And with Sam Tallent and Roger Norquist as the weekly emcees -- along with a cameo or two by Tallent's other Fine Gentleman's Club buddies -- even if you chicken out and decide to just sit back with a can of PBR, you're guaranteed a gut-busting good time.