The ten best comedy events in Denver in August
While previous summers have given comedy fans a handful of semi-decent shows to look forward to, this August is so packed with top-shelf talent that it's difficult to limit a list of the highlights to just ten shows. In the month ahead we have two female comedy duos, two local festivals, a bit of food humor, and a drag queen who loves bingo. So do some sit-ups and strengthen your core, because August is going to have your abs cramping with laughter.
Reggie Watts will perform at the High Plains Comedy Festival on August 24.
- Roseanne Barr on class, gays and Denver comedy in the '80s
- B-cycles, pot and Comedy Works: Our day with comedian Chuck Roy
- Comedian Christopher Titus on Sarah Palin, "retards" and Killer Klowns
10.Mona Lott at Film on the Rocks - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Standup comedy has really taken hold in the LGBT community this year, with transgender performers like Penny From Heaven and Jordan Wieleba and openly gay comics like Chuck Roy crafting material specifically for queer audiences. But when it comes to sarcasm, merciless wit and explosive eye-candy, Mona Lott rises above the rest with her outrageous topical prescriptions. And where better to catch Lott's set than at Red Rocks, where she'll be opening for Rocky Horror at Film on the Rocks? In addition to telling jokes, this Cleopatra-comic will host a single round of her infamous Drag Queen Bingo game.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 13 at Red Rocks Auditorium. Advance tickets $12. Visit Red Rocks' website for more information.
9. A Tribute to Phil Hartman
Presented in connection with the Denver Film Society's Close Encounters of the Animated Kind festival, this event provides a sneak peak at the animated adaptation of Phil Hartman's Flat TV comedy album. Recorded prior to Hartman's unforgettable stint on SNL, Flat TV was a forgotten collection of audio sketches that resurfaced in 2002 after his death. No release date has been set for the animated feature, but you can get a sample of what's to come by heading over to the Sie FilmCenter for this multifaceted event that will also feature presentations by Maggie Roswell (voice of Maude Flanders and Mrs. Lovejoy from The Simpsons), Paul Hartman (Phil's brother) and others -- as well as a screening of Kiki's Delivery Service, co-starring Hartman and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
10 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at the SieFilm Center. Tickets are $11-$13. Visit the event webpage for more information.
Hot off its first anniversary show, Matt Monroe's Propaganda has quickly established itself as one of the most anticipated monthly comedy events in Denver. And it's free! This month's event follows Adam Cayton-Holland's High Plains Comedy Festival (see our number one slot), so if you can't catch that event but still need to get your laugh on, head down to Lannie's on Sunday for some top-shelf comedy from Sean Patton, Kate Berlant, Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, Noah Gardenswartz, Matt Knudsen and Troy Baxley, as well as a few unannounced surprise guests.
8 p.m. Sunday, August 25 at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Free. Visit Lannie's website for more information.