Ten best comedy shows in Denver in February
7. Delusions of Randeur at Beauty Bar February 20
Hosting some of Denver's best local talent, Kristin Rand's monthly show at Beauty Bar has settled into its role as one of the great Capitol Hill resources of organic laughing gas. Along with her all-female sketch-comedy team, Ladyface, Rand has worked hard to establish herself as one of the most memorable names to come out of an ever-widening pool of talent. This month's headlining standup comic is Adam Cayton-Holland, straight off his late-night debut on Conan.
6. Tough Love with Bobby Valentino and the Mexican Fuck Machine at Deer Pile February 14
Now introduced as "the dark-hearted prince of Colfax," local comic Greg Baumhauer has been a lighthouse for emerging comic talent in Denver, consistently hosting open mics where they can take a shot at performing -- and he can call their sisters whores that are "too fat for meth." Emerging each month as alternate persona Bobby Valentino -- an equally volatile yet sophisticated, smooth mustachioed lounge singer -- Baumhauer is joined by a humble Caucasian piano player he refers to as "The Mexican Fuck Machine" for his Deer Pile show, "Tough Love." If you're looking for clean, PC comedy where all are respected and none are offended, you might want to stay home and watch Modern Family.
5. John Crist's Comedy Participation Awards at Comedy Works February 20
If you are looking for some clean comedy, John Crist is your man. Coming out of the Colorado Springs comedy scene, Crist is up-front about his relationship with Jesus, yet remains respected by the pot-smoking, viciously vulgar standups about town. "Crist is great," says Sam Tallent, "and the hackiest thing you can do is make fun of him being a Christian." This event is the first round of the Comedy Works Funny Final Four tournament, where four established Denver comics assemble a team of their favorite up-and-comers. Round one includes D Kelley, Vinnie Monetez, John Decelles and Nathan Lund.